Spring in June

There has almost no spring this year, the cold weather really never went, and suddenly it was June. So it’s not surprising to find that many spring plants are still blooming in the middle of the year. We have Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ in flower in, which usually have finished by the end of April, and dicentra, Geums and Brunneras. I have quite a number of Geums, some of which bloom throughout the summer, but most spring flowering come from Geum rivale origins. This native of damp lands generally fades by May, but they are still looking good. If these are still flowering, some June flowering plants are yet to come.

Bearded irises have for the third year running had a bad time. Two years ago we had drought, last year we had rain, this year we had a cold, non-existent spring, and STILL they are not in flower. By now they have fully gone and the peony flowers are well on the way. These are not too bad, flowering at the right time I would say. This is because peonies need light (it was bright if cold) and irises need heat. So lots still to look forward to in our garden, but lets see what the rest of the summer brings.

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