Papaver orientale and Aquilegia chrysantha "Yellow Queen"
Having spent years trying to rid the garden of this Hypericum androsaemum, finally, I'm throwing the towel in and embracing it. At least it is restricted to one small area.
Lilium martagon - delighted with these lilies. Their third summer but the first time in flower, I had almost given up on them
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' coming into flower
An exquisitely perfumed sweet-pea and a lovely colour too, then why am I unhappy with it? it should be a beautiful shade of blue
Luscious growth around the pond
Many wild orchids make their home in my planters - this Common Spotted Orchid has joined a Hydrangea. I didn't see it move in so have no idea how it came here - did it come via the wind or the birds?
Digitalis purpurea - lots of foxgloves in various shades from white to deepest pink - they just turn up in the garden every year - H's favourite flowers
The aromatic smell of thyme along one of the pathways
A splendid hedge of Escallonia - I am not sure what variety it is, grown from a small cutting which H picked in Wales
Hellanthemum rhodanthe carneum - Rock rose
When I was a child my mother had a dress made for me out of material with a design similar to this rock rose, a liberty pattern, it had lovely hand smocking all up the front
The first morning glory to open - Ipomoea "kiss me quick" one of several different Ipomoea I have grown this year from seed
Sempervivum tectorum - houseleeks - in a container to prevent spreading
clouds of Alchemilla mollis linning the pathway - to keep it under control cut it right back when the flowers are over and the seeds start to form
Finally the big one is on his way, this year he is an absolute monster, almost reaching the top of the drystone wall, but look closer....
....I wonder if I will see him this year or not?
it's looking unlikely that he will unfurl in time so it's "au revoir" Dracunulus vulgaris and "bonjour Paris" for us