Late spring/early summer brings an entirely new palette of colour, texture and shape to the garden. What was flat with stands of bulbs poking through brown soil or mulch is now rolling waves of greenery crested by a multitude of different experiences. Things are growing so quickly every day brings a new wonder. Here are six wonders from my garden today (and a few from yesterday). If you’d like to see more Sixes from around the world, head on over to The Propagator, who devised this wonderful theme.
1: I love this oriental poppy – this one is larger than the others in my garden and has lovely black highlights. On the underside of the petals you can see black veins; inside pure black.
2: Bridlewreath Spirea are quite spectacular all over this year. So many flowers not a hint of a leaf can be seen. I took two photos of the same bush – one yesterday mid afternoon (on the left), with the bright sun all but blinding me, and the other early this morning. This is an example, I guess, of why all the ‘How To’ books say the morning light is so much better.
3: The Fernleaf Peony finished blooming a while ago – now the other herbaceous peonies have started. Here’s the first of mine:
4: The white tall bearded Iris I wrote about last week are still going strong. Adding to their splendour are other varieties:
5: Siberian Iris:
6: Finally – Lupins are still going strong, bees are still loving them: