Three weeks behind with photos - so much beauty, so little time – so here's some pics from late May.In the Stumpery
Tucked against a north-facing wall is a small raised bed bounded by decaying sycamore stumps, The Stumpery. It is shady with a rich humus soil and I is planted with various ferns, a Geranium sylvaticum
and a few cyclamen. Which I haven't seen this winter come to think of it. Bugger. It usually looks a right mess over the winter, but then we get this extraordinary phoenix act in the spring and early summerRosa 'Geoff Hamilton' (I think - terrible at varietal names)
Anyway, over the decades we acquired quite a few old-fashioned roses – can't be doing with scentless ones, really – and they are scattered all over the garden. I have to shovel loads of grit into the planting holes for most things, but the compacted clay of this garden really suits roses of all kinds, and I've actually lost count now. The only way I get to know the varietal names is if I leave the label on, but just recently I've managed to grow a couple from semi-ripe cuttings, and I haven't got the faintest idea.Nemisia 'Vanilla Lady'
This is a real pleasure, a tender plant that made it through the winter, unexpectedly. The flowers are small and delicate, but there are plenty of them, and the scent of vanilla is pretty amazing. Put the pot on a wall by the south steps for easy hooter access.Late bloomer
This Firebird broom took me by surprise, started budding weeks after the others and is still going now, when their flowers are over.Iris sibiricaOld GloryRosa
'Gloire de Dijon', nicknamed thusly ^AchilleaThe Engine Room
Looking down from the bedroom at the 'parking area' at the side of the house which I made over into a combination container garden/workshop