June: The Essence of Summer

The roses are starting to flower in Greenwich Park Rose Garden. Just Joey is just gorgeous. And I am sharing this with Garden Photography.

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. It is a young plant, put in earlier this year and the RHS advises me to ‘…Prune in late winter or early spring…


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.

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.

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…

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. You may be interested in A fulsome history & description of Pteris Cretica Caring for Pteris Cretica