A Sign of Things to Come

Here we are in June and the garden is catching up courtesy of the sunshine and rise in temperature.   I suspect in a week or two everything is going to burst through all at the same time and it will really be a glorious June.

Let me share with you the plants that are showing signs of lovely things to come:


This year the Fuchsia bush is an abundance of buds and going to look glorious very soon.

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The Jasmine is under my bedroom window and although the flowers are not out yet, the perfume is wafting around and especially heady in the evenings.

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The same bush in a neighbour’s garden has been in a cloud of blue for weeks now but this could be because mine is more shaded.  However, it is now beginning to flower and the bees are just going to love it when it is in full flower.


Salvia – Hot Lips

This plant will be a marvellous display of white flowers tipped with red, which really do live up to their name and look like lips.



Having had no flowers on the peony last year, I am delighted to find some buds and am keeping my fingers crossed that they do actually flower eventually, albeit they seem to be taking a long time.

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I have several rose bushes around they garden and they are all in bud and look as though it may be a bumper year for roses.  Look out for lots of photos of roses very shortly.



There is a little story behind the Astrantia this year.   A few weeks ago I was doing the “Chelsea chop” and got carried away cutting back the hardy geraniums and was half way through the Astrantia before I realised what I was doing!   Fortunately, it has recovered very quickly and is producing flowers, much to my relief.


Raspberries – Malling

Another bumper crop this year, as the raspberry bushes are covered in blossom buds.  In past years not many make it passed the kitchen door, they are so tasty and hard to resist.



Keeping the fruit theme, the strawberries are looking healthy.  Long may that last, because in past years they have been ravaged to bits by wood worm.  Who would have thought they have a liking for strawberries, but then I don’t blame them, do you?



Finally, the tomatoes.  I wasn’t going to grow any this year but a few days ago bought two Tumbling Tom tomato plants from a local shop that sells pet foods and plants.  They were only £1.25 each and I had a spare hanging basket.  They are now hanging just outside my kitchen door, so I shouldn’t have to go far for my salad crops.

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Exciting times in the garden are ahead.

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7 thoughts on “A Sign of Things to Come

  1. Wow. everything is just poised! I have been so distracted by the alliums that are out in my garden that I haven’t really focussed on what is waiting. I do have peony buds though, I am pretty sure!


  2. Things are really looking good there!
    My Peony had buds, but they suddenly turned brown and died. Some kind of insect I suppose. The Peony itself seems to be fine, just the buds died. I’ll be really looking forward to enjoying your peony photos.
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea’s Menagerie


  3. Hi Ronnie,

    Lovely photos, so far the last few weeks have been pretty amazing in terms of weather and of course the garden has loved it.
    I can’t wait for all my roses to open, so far I have a couple but I want to vases overflowing!!!! 🙂


  4. Looks really lovely Ronnie 🙂 We have finally discovered what has been happening to our gooseberry bushes – for the third year running we had loads of flowers and leaves, all looked set for a bumper crop and then the mini gooseberries began to tumble to the ground – being home and with time to do these things – we went down on our hands and knees and had a good look round the bushes – lo and behold, ants are farming the aphids and the aphids seem to love to cluster round the little stem that joins the baby gooseberries to the stem – they suck it dry under the protection of the ants and that’s our crop gone again for this year. Next year we will re-pot them and put them up on a ledge or a shelf, away from any areas we know to be ant homes and see if that works. Poor little gooseberry bushes 😦


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