Friday Flowers

The garden is certainly taking on its summer mantle of colours. As we are nearing the end of the month and the End of Month View blog post for June, today I am just going to share a few of the very pretty flowers in the garden.

Triteleia Laxa : this is a summer flowering bulb. I forget that I have this in a large pot on the patio and am always surprised, not to mention delighted, when the bright blue flowers shout “hello, we are here again!”.

Astrantia ‘Buckland’ : I bought this plant several years ago from a private garden that had opened to the public on an Open Gardens weekend in Henfield West Sussex.  It brings back happy memories of a very hot day. I am assuming it is a Buckland but I am sure if I am wrong someone will correct me.

Penstemon ‘Garnet’: this has now survived two winters. I also had an ‘Apple Blossom’ but sadly it died last winter maybe it was too wet for it. Another plant that is slug proof.

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ : I thought I had lost this but clearly I was wrong. It would seem this is the only salvia in my garden that the slugs and snails leave alone. It looks good with the Penstemon behind it.


Please come back very soon because next Monday will be the EOMV post and you will see the garden in its full glory! By that time the Agapanthus will be out properly as will the Passion Flowers. The roses are looking good too…here is a small taster.


8 thoughts on “Friday Flowers

  1. Yvonne Ryan Matakatia Whangaparaoa Auckland New Zealand June 28, 2014 — 12:04 am

    So pretty – I love flowers, my last garden was gorgeous. As I have said before I had to move after my husband died and am living in a lovely B&B with a tropical and NZ native garden mostly. Always green and doesn/t change a lot. I have a melia outside my window that ‘the telephone tui’ likes to sing from. they are great immitators and he always sounds like a telephone! I do have quite a lot of bulbs coming up in pots I brought with me. My bromilliards love it here The big bird bush we planted is doing well.Tiritirimatangi Island is not far from here and it is a bird sanctuary for endangered birds. We are trying to encourage them to come to the mainland. The whole of the Whangapararoa peninsula used to be bush and Kauri’s and guess what – our ancestors chopped it down to make ships masts, building material and make ‘English fields’! Man is such a destroyer and we haven’t learnt from it around the world.!!!


  2. Ahh gorgeous Ronnie! I wonder, have you been to the Buckland the plant is named after?


    1. Is that the NT property in Devon? No I haven’t sadly…there are so many lovely gardens I am yet to visit. It never occurred to me that the astrantia could be named after a famous garden.


      1. Not a NT but the Garden House at Buckland Monachorum, several plants varieties have been cultivated there, a Mahonia is one of my favourites.


  3. Hi Ronnie,

    I think ‘hot lips’ just comes up a little later than the rest – mine did too and I also thought I’d lost it.

    Your Astrantia is looking very happy indeed! I think the Astrantias especially have benefitted massively this year from the wet Jan + Feb we had. All of mine are looking very well too.


    1. Hi Liz! I chopped the Astrantia down to the ground towards the end of last summer as the leaves had brown blisters on them and looked horrid. It is twice the size of last year.


      1. Hi Ronnie,

        My ‘Roma’ was poor last year, although no blisters on it. And this year it’s looking much better with plenty of blooms for me.

        Oh, and look at your Agapanthus in the background! Never had much luck with them here. No doubt they just can’t cope with the clay soil. They always produce leaves for me, but so far only ever managed one bloom. I think it might be time to give up, give them to my parents who have lovely almost sandy soil.


        1. My soil is heavy clay although in that part of the garden there is lots of compost dug in. I fed them earlier so hoping for a great display. However, the white agapanthus in a large pot are not showing any sign of flowers this year so I think it is now pot bound which is sad.


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close