Summer has been late in coming this year after the longest and coldest spring for many years. Inevitably this delays plant growth. Looking around the garden this morning I still have a couple of flowers on my little pink, double camellia, and 'Anticipation' and 'Donation' have only just dropped their last blooms. I've grown Camellias for over 30 years and I've never known them to go on so late.
A year ago I identified that there was a late May colour gap. I added a few plants to provide some extra interest - but even these have been delayed. Dutch iris are cheap, come in a variety of colours, and are great fillers to provide a colour hit in late May. Here's two flowering in mid June, weeks delayed:
|Iris sibirica 'Perry's Blue'|
On the south facing house wall Abutilon 'Waltz' has come through the winter in good shape. It's still young and rather leggy but is producing a lot of yellow-orange bells. It should now keep flowering till late in the year. I'm still waiting for the first flowers on 'Patrick Synge' but they are only a few days off.
|Sambucus 'Black Lace'|
|Heuchera 'Chocolate Ruffles'|
I felt the need for a bit of orange in early summer so picked up a plant of Helianthemum 'Ben Mohr' earlier this year. It's a pretty little carpeter for a sunny spot. They don't live long on my fairly heavy, acid soil but a couple of years pleasure for a small price is always worth while.
|Helianthemum 'Ben Mohr'|
|Cymbalaria muralis, Toadflax|
|Common frog amongst the toadflax|
As always, my thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme. Head over there to see what's flowering in many more gardens round the world.