The Summer Solstice was a glorious day.
A bit of sun, a bit of cloud and just a quick, passing shower, a nice strong breeze and a top of 21°C (70°F).
As you would expect at this time of year, the garden is starting to fill with colour.
More Lupins have opened – this time, I’m getting my wish with the more stellar combinations. Each bush has many more spikes, so with a bit of luck I will be enjoying these through summer
The foxgloves, such a mainstay of so many gardens, have come into their own, shown here with the hydrangea:
I love the combination with the Wallflower:
I don’t know about you, but these flowers always invite me to have a closer look, so….
The other Hydrangea quercifolia, planted in an awkward spot under the stairs, is doing very well:
It certainly appreciates the shade provided by the treads and should fill the space without needing cutting back (the stairs are 2.5m/8′ tall). Additionally, this should keep its burgundy throughout the winter, which will make a nice contrast to the grey and white of the house.
Some of the blue shades in the garden:
Ajuga reptans…a little late to flower, but it is in a fairly shady spot:
A little Campanula portenschlagiana, given to me by my neighbour is flowering away:
Nigella damascena is always a star, but it is one that you have to look for closely:
But for an intense blue at this time of year, it is hard to go past the cornflowers, Centaurea cyanus, which are taking centre stage:
Of course available in other shades, such as light blue and pink:
Here in purple, going well with the Heucheras and the Violas. Pity that all the storms last week flattened a lot of the flowers, but such is life in the garden!
This little wildflower seed packet sown direct in the soil in September, has given months of mileage:
The poppies are still powering along:
Coreopsis ‘Salsa’ picks up the hot colours of the poppies:
Hope you enjoyed seeing what is on show this week…as always, happy gardening 🙂