May was a gloriously warm and sunny month here in Donegal. Unfortunately, June did not live up to expectations, and we endured rain, rain, and yet more rain…
However, the garden is thriving and there are lots of new blooms to share.
Pink Lavatera matches my garden chairs
I planted this Lavatera back in 2011, and she has provided delicious, pink blooms every summer. Sadly, she appears to be reaching the end of her life, with several branches decaying and breaking off.
I will not grow another Lavatera, but I am considering replacing her with a David Austin climbing rose. I have not yet decided on the best species.
This is “The Pilgrim” a yellow climber that lights up my rose bed.
You can see “The Pilgrim” to the rear here, among her friends – tall bronze Fennel, magenta Geranium psilostemon -which came from The Gardens of Glenveagh Castle, and Melissa (Lemon balm) which I used as a tonic when I had Shingles. I do not know the name of the white Rose at the front but she was smiling for my camera!
The Pilgrim and friends
Rosa glauca is sporting delicate pink flowers. I love her dark foliage. She came all the way from Colchester as a youngster, a present from a dear friend.
She has some hot pink Carnations as neighbours, together with pale pink Geraniums and purple Astrantia.
Carnations, Geranium and Astrantia
The vivid blue of Iris siberica lights up the pond area. She has friends in red – Mimulus and Astilbe.
Iris siberica, Mimulus and Astilbe
Peeping out from behind are the long stems of Angels Fishing Rods, which are beginning to flower as I write.
Angels Fishing Rods (Dierama) with a Day lily to the front
Moving to the right are the tall yellow flowers of Ligularia next to purple Acanthus also known as Bears Breeches. Yellow and Purple are at opposite ends of the colour wheel, therefore complement each other beautifully.
In a similar colour combination, my last yellow Aquilegia stands proudly next to a friendly dark leaved Heuchera. Don’t they look well together?
I am patiently waiting for my two pots of white Agapanthus to bloom. They travelled all the way back from a holiday in Madeira.
There are many other floral delights to come, but I shall save those for next month.
Have you a favourite climbing rose that you would recommend? I am looking for LOTS of scented blooms that will cover a fence and archway. “Bobby James” – a white, highly scented rambler, is a top contender but I am open to other suggestions…
Brigid P. Gallagher
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