June: The Essence of Summer

The roses are starting to flower in Greenwich Park Rose Garden. Just Joey is just gorgeous.

Just Joey

Just Joey Just Joey

Just Joey

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Last Magnolias in Greenwich Park

The magnolias are mainly over for the year – glorious, sculptural, waxy, enticing – just beautiful.

16-5-11 Greenwich Park LR-4036

16-5-11 Greenwich Park LR-3935

 

Magnolia in Greenwich Park

Magnolia in Greenwich Park

Magnolia in Greenwich Park

Clematis ‘Prince Charles’

I have a problem – my clematis ‘Prince Charles’ is putting out new growth with clear determination! It is only early December and not at all what I expected so I consulted the RHS.

Clematis 'Prince Charles'
Clematis ‘Prince Charles’
Clematis 'Prince Charles'
Clematis ‘Prince Charles’

It is a young plant, put in earlier this year and the RHS advises me to ‘…Prune in late winter or early spring when buds show signs of growth – typically in February (!). If young clematis plants are left unpruned they often produce very long single stems with the flowers produced only at the very top. Unless the plant already has three or four healthy stems growing from the base, all newly planted clematis should be pruned back hard the first spring after planting. Cut back to just above a strong pair of leaf buds about 30cm (1ft) above soil level. This will encourage multiple stems which can be trained in to supports to give a good coverage. During the spring and summer, tie in new growth, spacing stems evenly on the support…’.

So it seems as though I will have to cut back – what do you advise?

Quinces

The quince tree looked so miserable earlier in the year, with shrunken fruits, that I had given up on getting any fruit. However, it has surprised me – Quince Meeches Prolific.

Quince Tree - Meeches Prolific
Quince Tree – Meeches Prolific
Meeches Prolific Quince
Meeches Prolific Quince
Meeches Prolific Quince
Meeches Prolific Quince
Meeches Prolific Quince
Meeches Prolific Quince

Bumblebees & Echinacea

I popped into the Suffolk garden at the end of a hot day and found this bumblebee in the echinaceas – wonderful!

Bumblebee on the echinacea
Echinacea with bumblebee
Echinacea with bumblebee
Echinacea with bumblebee

Grasses in the early morning

First thing in the morning I check the garden – just to make sure it is still there! I still can’t believe what has been achieved. The grasses are flowering, and beautiful in the early sunshine.

Deschampsia Cespitosa 'Goldtau!
Deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Goldtau’
Deschampsia Cespitosa 'Goldtau!
Deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Goldtau’

Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’

A geranium flowering prolifically in the ‘fernery’ might be Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ by Woottens of Wenhaston. It was only rated 7/10 by Michael Loftus, the founder of the nursery, and I suspect the reason is its slightly untidy growth and lack of strong markings on the petals. But I find it a generous plant and much loved by the bees. I am growing it is pots and in the garden. However, its provenance remains to be confirmed…

Geranium Macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'
Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’

Last Irises in Greenwich Park

I missed the irises – how is that possible? And now I will have to wait another year.

Irises Irises Irises Irises

The Silver Ribbon Fern

My unknown fern is Pteris Cretica ‘Albolineata’or Silver Ribbon Fern. It has not overwintered well and needs repotting and feeding, I will move it into the shade, and put the pot in a saucer to try and keep it damp.

Pteris Cretica
Pteris Cretica

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