Back once again with my monthly look at my garden journal, this time for the month of June, a colourful busy month in our garden. I had to begin a new fresh art book having finished off my last with my entries for the month of May.
I decided to feature aquilegias on the cover and the ‘Warm Welcome’ rose for the inside introductory page.
I started my look at our garden in June with a favourite provider of colour and scent this month, roses. I shared photos of just ten. I wrote, “In June roses give us so much colour in every part of the garden, with bonus scent.”
“We love plants that self-seed around our patch and one of the most successful of these ‘volunteers’ is ‘Linaria purpurea’. It has so many variations but also a few cultivars such as ‘Canon Went’, ‘Peachy’ and ‘Dial Park’. Here are just a few.”
Below are photos of twelve of our linarias.
Following on from our self-seeding favourite I featured a more subtle page, a drawing I created using Japanese brush pens, of a small flowering shrub, Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’.
Over the page I looked at our preparations for our NGS open garden day and the day itself. I noted that, “This month we opened our garden under the auspices of the NGS for the last time, having opened now for ten years. We busied ourselves in preparation and the day itself was a sellout.”
On the opposite page I shared two photos of our “Iris ensata” which has come into its own this year, flowering profusely. In close up the detail is stunningly beautiful. The top photo is a straight print and the bottom one a poster print to show more details especially the lines on each petal.
I finished this June report by sharing eight broad views of colourful patches in the garden, when I noted that, “As June came to an end and with it the first half of the year I wandered around the garden paths taking images of colourful patches.” The next look at my garden journal will be in July, the month that launches the second half of the year.
I will finish off this visit to my garden journal with eight shots of colourful patches of the garden which our recent visitors enjoyed.