June is for roses and I’m over my fantasy of limiting the garden to white and green plants-well in summer at least. Madame Isaac Pereire (above) kicked off my conversion and I hope to train this rose to climb and line the wall to mingle with the purple vine Vitis purpurea. The garden is now full of roses: soft pink, strong reds, dramatic maroons and all chosen for their scent. Below Ferdinand Pichard a repeat-flowering old rose opened this week.
And above it to one side Rosa Veilchenblau.
R.Felicia a hybrid musk with a strong fragrance has been in the garden for several years and this summer has a gorgeous profusion of flowers.
Another old resident Rosa rubrifolia is a great rose for cutting with simple open flowers and remarkable purple/pink leaves.
In my neighbour’s garden the wild R. Complicata with its brilliant pink petals and large stamens is a robust and trouble-free rose.
As is the climber Blush Noisette with a clove scent and the promise of repeat flowers.
I’ve picked three vases this week of roses and Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ and put them with a pretty white- flowered weed with no name.
A shady corner caught my eye with a very lush Hydrangea petiolaris in flower and lining the wall in deep shade. It is suspended over a Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata’ fern.
In an inspired experiment I cut three stems of the hydrangea for a vase and they are still looking good four days later. I love the greenness against a favourite very green oil painting.
On the allotment Autumn King carrots have been sown and more Squash seeds pushed into the ground. All the onions are now lifted and drying but the garlic was hit by leek rust and only one row of the three was salvageable. I brought all the garlic plants home to destroy rather than composting and just hope that my recently planted leeks don’t get hit.