Our garden: June 2014

The biggest garden news of the week is that the lupin has a bud. There are lots of lupins in full flower where we live and so I thought ours wasn’t going to do anything this year but it looks like I was wrong (and a bit impatient).

Green lupin bud

I put the sorry looking chilli plant from the kitchen outside and it sprung back to life. Between that and Big Jim and Habanero plants my friend Kat gave me, I’m going to have alot of chillies to dry in the coming weeks. Yummy!

Green chilli plant

Does anyone know what this plant is? I bought it at a local plant sale but it didn’t have a tag. All I know is that it’s a cottage garden plant.

Pale pink flowers

I’d been looking for a Pulmonaria after seeing it growing in a family members garden and as luck had it, there was one at the same plant sale. It’s finished flowering but the leaves are beautiful to look at.

Speckled Pulmonaria leaves

We’ve covered the big flower bed in the front garden with fine bark chippings. When it’s dry the soil looks pretty awful in places and the weeds love all that open space and bright sun!

Purple and white Nemesia

As you can see things are starting to plump out now. Over time the plants will grow to cover most of the soil but until then the bark chippings will help it look a bit better.

Cottage garden plants

It’s nice to see plants growing over one another rather than sitting neatly all by themselves.

Red Dianthus

The marigolds we bought are looking fantastic – so bright and cheerful! I’ve sown quite a few marigold seeds so we’ll have enough to put in the troughs on the front wall. I really need to separate the seedlings before the roots get tangled up.

Marigold and seedlings

The Campanula is covered in little purple buds.

Purple Campanula bud

The Burt’s Bees wildflower seed mix is creating a mat of seedlings. I’m looking forward to seeing what they all turn in to.

Ground level view of wild flower seedlings

Does anyone know what this plant is? It’s full of luminous purpley blue flowers and dark red leaves. A farmer’s market bargain at four plants for £1. I’ve been quite jammy lately with cheap plants.

Bright purple flowers

We had a Fritillary that only flowered for two weeks and then died. Or so I thought. I was digging that patch at the weekend and came across all these little bulbs, which I’m pretty sure are Fritillary bulbs. When I realised what they were I divided them into two sets and buried them again. Fingers crossed they come up next year.

Cluster of Fritillary bulbs

Back in Autumn I planted garlic in the only soil we had. I didn’t realise how large it would get and as you can see it’s now taking over the herb bed.

Herb garden

I’m 5’7″ and it’s now as tall as my hips! At first I thought it was just the elephant garlic but all of the plants are about the same height. Next year we’ll use the raised beds instead. There’s alot of action above ground level, I hope something is happening underneath.

Tall garlic shoots

Bit of a whopper this week but there has been a lot going on!

20 Comments

  1. such a lot of garden activity! I think the purpley blue plants with dark red leaves are Lobelia (which if they are the trailing variety, are great in a hanging basket).

  2. whatever that plant is, it has the prettiest little flowers on it. it is lovely. your garden is looking great!!

  3. our lupin is in flower, with plenty of buds still to come out… it’s such a lovely plant to have in the garden. I didn’t realise that’s how big garlic gets either… hmm, I hope it doesn’t swamp our sweetcorn! x

    • I had one that outgrew a pot so I repotted it and the roots were pretty big too. Hopefully your sweetcorn can hold its own 🙂

    • I didn’t know you could use the leaves, will look into that, thanks!

  4. Loving that garlic – I remember you planting it! I love it when plants spread out a bit, there’s something not quite right about seeing a border where everything is separate. I have a lot of love for marigolds, I always end up staring at grandads for ages, they almost glow they are so bright. I’ve no clue what those plants are but will send this link to my mum and see if she knows!

    Lovely stuff Gemma – thanks for joining in again *pulls excited face*

    • It’s hard to believe they were ever tiny cloves and have grown into such a monsters. I’ve got a bazillion marigold seeds left over so I think I’ll be sowing them for years to come. Thanks for your detective work 🙂

  5. No idea of the plant names I’m afraid, but they’re very pretty! Lovely to see your lupin bud too-such elegant flowers 🙂

    • Thank you. It’s nice to see a bud at last, I’m keeping an eye on it!

  6. So much happening out there now. I believe that flower is London’s Pride – I think anyway! I have lots of it, too, and it is pretty. It spreads nicely and is great for ground cover x

    • Ah thank you! I did some Googling and that looks spot on. I’ve got it in a pot at the moment but might put it in the ground now you’ve said that 🙂

  7. Your marigold is gorgeous! I’m wishing now that we had planted some of those variety as well, but there is no space in the sunny border, everything is crammed in all over the place, but as you say, I much prefer that to overly orderly flowers. It’s proving to work well together and taking turns. The poppies are just about to have their moment of glory for us:-)

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