Saturday, 23 June 2012

Midsummer blues - or should that be pinks?

 Here we are, at Midsummer.  Drought conditions have now been lifted in this area and parts of the North are under flood warnings - just a typical English summer.  However, I am pleased to say that my garden is doing well, despite the rain and wind and occasional sun.  Above is Poppy 'Checkers' which I grew from seed and is now in its second year.  The flowers aren't quite as big as they were last year, but still delight me.
 Clematis 'Ice Blue' with a hint of lilac on the petals...
 ...contrasted with Clematis 'Rouge Cardinal' and its deep luscious velvety tones.
 Cistus pulverentus 'Sunset', with a fiery glow.
 R. 'Rosa Mundi' which combines the pale and vibrant pinks to great effect.
 The delicate pastel pinks of R. 'Blush Noisette', which has small sprays of ruffled flowers...
 ...and R. Cottage Rose continues this pale theme, but with larger flowers.
Finally, R. 'New Dawn', with a flush of pale apricot amongst the soft pink.  Midsummer is a lovely time of year, despite the vagaries of the weather.


  1. Such beautiful roses. I adore roses but they don't like our little courtyard garden ... every time we try they succumb to all imaginable blights and flies.

    1. Dear Annie
      Thank you very much for your comment. Some of my roses have all manner of diseases - rust seems to be the worst so far. Rose 'Geoff Hamilton' is one of the best I have for disease resistance, but the flowers don't like the rain, so not so great this year! In June, roses are definitely my favourite flower.
      Best wishes