Many of the spring flowers have disappeared by the end of May but there were plenty of new ones to take their place. In fact June is the most colourful month due to the large variety of plants in our garden.
The beginning of the month is the time for irises and gladioli, slowly giving space to lilies. Roses are everywhere, some climbing high in the trees, the terrace plants have woken up from their winter sleep, some of the less showy flowers, such as poppies, cistus, oxalis are appearing everywhere. The scent of the mock orange and honeysuckle permeate the garden.
We invite you to walk around with us in our garden – at least in thought – by glancing through the pictures on this and on the following page.
We would be greatful for any email pointing out mistakes or inaccuracies in the album.
Bearded purple iris (01/06/06)
Blue Shimmer iris (01/06/06)
Small yellow iris (01/06/06)
Yellow Dutch iris. Dutch irises can come in various colours. (01/06/06)
Perennial gladioli (01/06/06)
Our Western Wilderness: Mock orange spreading its delicate perfume, blood-red weigelia, escallonia, lilac, in the foreground red-hot pokers and perennial geranium. (06/06/06)
North side of our Western Wilderness: Ceanothus hiding behind a kerria bush surroundend by roses and Buddleia (06/06/06)
Cistus and Cordyline (06/06/06)
Ann calls these Kew lupins because she has found the seeds on a compost heap in Kew Gardens. Suggestions are welcome.(06/06/06)
A bumble bee is looking for nectar in the columbine (06/06/06)
The Robinson brothers, Phil and Charlie, repairing the roof of the 'Biergarten' (09/06/06)
The white clematis blossoms on the cherry tree have long gone but the purple ones on the apple tree reappeared on time (09/06/06)
Pale Californian poppy (Eschscholzia Californica) (09/06/06)
Orange Californian poppies surround our terrace (09/06/06)
Frogs like to play hide-and-seek on our terrace - perhaps because Ann keeps watering the plants assiduously in spite of the drought (09/06/06)
White geranium (11/06/06)
A small bat hanging from the wall of the terrace after it was found in our house and put outside. Unfortunately it was sick and died a day later. (12/06/06)
Dactylorrhiza (orchid) (15/06/06)
Linaria (3 budgies toadflax) (15/06/06)
An Italian wild flower whose seeds Ann collected in Italy by the roadside. If anyone cen give us information about it, we would be greatful. (15/06/06)