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Flowering in June

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There is so much to enjoy in the garden in June when all is still fresh and beginning to bloom. What is in flower in June still depends in part on the prevailing weather in the different parts of the country. This year we enjoyed a very warm spring, which set everything in the garden growing at a gallop, which since been slowed down by the cooler, unsettled weather during late May and June. Still the garden is looking very lovely.

  

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Peony are looking good at this time of year and whilst the flowers are relatively short lived, they are very beautiful and blousy. By late in June we may think that Peony time is over but the different varieties of Peony will flower over quite a long period and there are some later flowering varieties, such as illustrated P.'Bowl of Beauty'. Different types of Peony will flower from May to June, so you can have successive flowering.
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June is definitely Allium time, they make a great statement in the border with their tall large flowers, some like fluffy pom poms others architectural and spiky.

There are so many to chose from and a good number are illustrated at How to Grow Alliums. There is a gallery of images to help you chose the right Allium for your garden together with planting and growing advice. That said, however, Allium are a fairly self sufficient type of plant not requiring a great deal of attention

Clematis crystal fountain

This is Clematis ' Crystal fountain' and I  love these patio style Clematis . 

This is a compact variety, less rampant than many clematis and so easier to grow, maintain and prune.

There is also a chance it will repeat flower, especially if a good good summer weather wise, if it is deadheaded during this first flowering. Fingers crossed but it is making a fabulous showing now.

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Rosa Rugosa starts to flower in June and will flower for at least a month or so. It is a tough rose, will still flower if neglected and is much loved by bees.

It will produce lovely hips later on in the year and is tolerant of most conditions including salt leaded winds making it ideal for a sea side garden.

yellow flag iris

There are lots of different types of Iris, about 300 species in the genus with different types of flowers, and with beards, or not beards ; this is the semi wild variety the Yellow flag Irish latin name Iris pseudacorus. 

It is a woodland plant which likes damp areas and streamsides. It flowers best in the sun but will tolerate dappled shade. It makes a lovely addition to a wild area, which is where I grow it or alongside a pond.

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 Tall graceful stems with the delicate flowers of mauve and white illustrated is Thalictrum delavayi, a stunning plant which is just irresistable.

Easy to grow it adds height and colour the borders, mixed well with cottage plants such as Delphinium and Achillea but also looks good with grasses as its seed heads are attractive and I always leave them on the plant for as long as possible . Growing Tips.

 

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  1. Your Rosa Rugosa is looking beautiful. So nice to see some colour in your garden, despite the rain and cold.

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