June 2022

Diary index

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June 15: Centaureas (and relatives)

The first flowering of montana types is coming to an end and soon I'll be cutting them back in readiness for the second flush of flower.

Now some others are coming into flower to delight of the bees and butterflies.

June 14: Astrantias

Our Astrantias are flowering away mainly in dappled shade. Our soil is a little too dry for them and a bit of shade helps. Seedlings and seed strains are variable with some muddy colours but also some lovely ones

June 10: Magnifico-o-o-o-o

Geranium x. magnificum is truly magnificent at the moment with deep purply-blue flowers standing out against the lush greenery after recent rain. A really tough plant that doesn't run riot. Our plant came from Janet's aunt's garden and holds special memories for us.

9 June: Brighten up a murky day

It's been cool, damp and downright murky today but Kniphofia Fiery Fred is doing his best to brighten things up.

I'm told "Fiery Fred" was the nickname of cricketing legend Fred Truman.

He's one of the first pokers in our garden to bloom and will have a second innings in August or September

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