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Garden Diary: June
Sometimes the most spectacular flowers in the garden get there on a whim. A few years ago, we tried out salsify roots for a vegetable. We liked it. It has a special flavor, something like a cross between artichoke and celeriac. We had bought more roots than we needed and planted one in the herb garden. That plant is still there; it produces beautiful, vanilla-scented flowers every year. To appreciate the beauty of the flower you have to “zoom in”.

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Salsify (Scorzonera hispanica)

This month we also learned that you need to give your plants a second chance. For years, our decades-old climbing rose has been attacked by insects in spring and by fungi in summer. It was an eyesore for most of the year and we had almost decided to take it out. But some rigorous pruning, careful removal of dead leaves from the soil and anti-insect spraying in spring has produced excellent results. I’m so glad we rescued this rose because it has been here for so long.
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Climbing rose (Rosa)

In the hedge at the back of the garden there is also this sweet smelling wild rose.
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Several shrubs started to flower this month. Like those I showed last month, most of them have white flowers, smell delicious and attract lots of bees and bumblebees.
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The firethorn (Pyracantha) was flowering early in June.

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At the end of the month Deutzia was in full bloom. Trying to get pictures of the visiting insects became a bit of a sport.

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We have two mock-orange shrubs (Philadelphus), one with single and one with double flowers.

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I was surprised to see that the peony (Paeonia) has different types of flowers. Taking pictures makes you register things you hadn't noticed before.

Some species that started to flower last month now create large splashes of color in the garden:
8. lady’s mantle (Alchemilla), London pride (Saxifraga urbium), dotted loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata) photo 8. vrouwenmantel schildersverdriet wederik_zpscnvcf0nx.jpg
Lady's mantle (Alchemilla), London pride (Saxifraga urbium) and dotted loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata).

Several species have different color varieties:
9. foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) photo 9. foxglove Digitalis_zpslhg0zlwc.jpg
the foxglove (Digitalis purpurea),

10. sweet william (Dianthus barbatus) photo 10. Dianthus barbatus sweet William_zpsfyes4iyk.jpg
sweet william (Dianthus barbatus)

11. yellow, red & orange hawkweed (Hieracium) photo 11. yellow red amp orange hawkweed_zpsvpca9jyj.jpg
and hawkweed (Hieracium).

12. water avens (Geum rivale) photo 12. water avens Geum rivale_zpstemwktkc.jpg
Water avans (Geum rivale) is a beauty both before, during and after the flowers are open.

13. blue gromwell (Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum) photo 13. blue gromwell_zpsdtzgkvvq.jpg
Blue gromwell (Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum) is so hard to photograph. That kind of blue changes dramatically, depending on the light. Those of you familiar with Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael novels (set at Shrewsbury monastry in the 12th century), may remember that blue gromwell helped Brother Cadfael solve one of his murder mysteries (the one introducing sister Magdalen).

14. campanula, geranium, unidentified photo 14. campanula geranium unidentified_zpsqgya5ykp.jpg
As if our garden wasn't full enough, we bought some new plants this spring: trailing bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana), a new Geranium species and an unidentified yellow beauty (we forgot to keep the label).

Next, I'm getting to the useful plants:
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Herbs: basil, thyme and chive

16. raspberry, gooseberry, currant photo 16. framboos kruisbes amp aalbes_zps5vqxomhl.jpg
and fruit: raspberry, gooseberry and red currant.

The last few frames are for our wild invaders:17. daisy (Bellis perennis), self heal (Prunella vulgaris), white clover (Trifolium repens) photo 17. daisy brunel white clover_zpsr45rukow.jpg
Daisy (Bellis perennis), self heal (Prunella vulgaris) and white clover (Trifolium repens) in the lawn. Mowing doesn't seem to harm them at all.

18. sorrel (Rumez acetosa), meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis), hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) photo 18. zuring lathyrus bosandoorn_zpsdev6hygu.jpg
Elsewhere in the garden we have: sorrel (Rumex acetosa), meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis), hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica),

19. fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), flowering grass photo 19. fireweed amp St Johns wort amp flowering grass_zpsth6hkurv.jpg
fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) and the flowering grasses that make me snuffle so much.

When I was about to finish this post I spotted some more species that have just started flowering. They'll have to wait till next month.

Meanwhile, we are preparing for a heatwave. Temperatures of up to 34C are expected for later this week.

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Dear Ambree.....I could go on and on and on about these glorious pictures (you really have become quite a good photog!), but let me just say:

I'm in love with your garden!!!

thank you for making the (almost) flowerless day of this drought-ridden Cali girl!

You're welcome, Jan. It's a pleasure to share my garden beauties with you.
"I'm in love with your garden."
That makes two of us. It's funny, the garden used to be my partner's project but now that I've started taking pictures I love it so much more. And all that because I happened to re-discovered "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" and it inspired me.

Isn't that wonderful the way things work out? The picture-taking, it seems, focused (or re-focused) more than your camera on the immediacy of the beauty before you (egged on by a certain Diary).

It really is true that there are times we simply don't see what is before us. I am so very happy (both for you and the readers of this LJ) that you have re-discovered the joy of a garden. Samwise would be so very pleased!) (can you imagine if there had been even pin-prick cameras in ME? Instead of pin-up girls, Sam would have had a wall full of snaps of his garden. Of course, there would have been one Rose!

"cameras in ME"
I'm glad there were no cameras in ME but, come to think of it, I can't remember any mention of paintings on the walls either. That's strange because Tolkien painted some wonderful landscapes himself. Perhaps the hobbits felt paintings didn't fit on the rounded walls of their holes. :-)

well, there certainly were paintings in PJ's movies...

I'm thinkin' that oval paintings in the smial would have been a nice little feature......

Oh wow, I wish I could smell all those fragrances.

34C is too hot. *nods*

*gathers raspberries*

Yes, pity only images, not scents can be transferred over the internet.
You're welcome to the raspberries. We just harvested 2 pounds of red currant, enough for lots of jam!

you've got beautiful flowers in your garden. as lovely as the photos are, i wish you could use the macro feature. your opening flower would shine with macro!

i would love to see a full image of your entire garden... if that's possible. it's like an attraction you should charge people to enter. :-)

Seems I have to invest in a better camera. The most "macro" my Pentax WG-1 can go is the 1cm option; I'm using that all the time.
Haha. A full image of the entire garden. I've been trying for that whenever the light was good but the results were so disappointing. The overall impression is just "green". But I'll keep trying.
Thanks for your comments, Lady!

Lovely pics. And, I'm so impressed that you know the names of all those plants! Thanks for sharing your garden with us. :-)

Thank you! I know the dutch names of most plants but finding out their common name in English requires a bit of internet research.
Sharing the pictures here on LJ adds to the fun. :-)

I enjoy your garden posts so much. They are both beautiful and informative. Thanks!

I'm so glad you like these posts, Addie. Being able to share my garden pictures adds a lot to the fun of taking them. :-)

Lovely photos, thanks for sharing :-)

Thank you, Jane. Sharing them makes the whole project so much more rewarding. :-)

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