Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Let the roses and geranuims take centre stage.

Our garden sometimes seems like a stage - when one flower's performance is ending there is another in the wings ready to take it's place. At this very moment it is the turn of the roses and geranuims.


 I love roses and we have quite a number in our garden....
From top to bottom right-left Roseraie de L'Hay, Constance Spry,Nevada,Francine Austin, Buds of Constance Spry and Blue Moon.


The last two mornings we have enjoyed a coffee in the garden before work.The garden was laden with the scent of roses and I loved the way the light was shining on this Johnson Blue geranium.  Gone are those stressed mornings when we were organising (nagging)  the children to get to school on time!


We also love geraniums and have quite a selection. They are such easy plants to look after. If you don't have green fingers they are a good plant to try and they also provide good ground cover.

From top to bottom right to left-  Geranium psilostemon, Geranuim magnificum,  Geranuim Nodosum, Geranium Snow White, Geranium Wargrave Pink, Geranium Johnson's Blue, Geranium Sanguineum, Geranium Ballerina, Geranuim Macrorrhizum.



Down by the pond the Nevada rose bush is full of blooms.


 I had to share this plant thalictrum with you too, it has such beautiful purple frothy clusters of small flowers.


I was given a niger feeder and seeds for my birthday in February.  We were hoping to attract some different species of birds, it took a while, but to our delight we now have some visiting gold finches.

What is your favourite plant flowering in June? I have set up a header at the top to show my favourite monthly flower. I will have a trouble picking just one flower for this month!

Welcome to my new follower Julie at Dragon Fly Gems, thank you all the comments that you have left me. I do appreciate it and I always enjoy reading them.

Sarah x

48 comments:

  1. Your roses and geraniums are just fantastic. We have had a very good summer so far (today 31 degrees Celsius) but our roses are only just starting to bloom (except for the Rosa pimpinellifolia 'Plena', our Midsummer rose that has already withered). I would say my favourite June plant is the Orange lily (Lilium bulbiferum).

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  2. your garden is divine! my favourite plants flowering in june in australia are camelias.
    x

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  3. Oh my! what beautiful roses.
    Love the photo of the gold finch aren't they sweet little things, so pretty x

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  4. What beautiful photos Sarah. I love roses but they don't grow well in my garden. I have lots of hardy geraniums though and love them too. As for the goldfinches, well we see one or two occasionally, I'd love to see more. Margaretxx

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  5. WOW what a burst of joy to see these blooms, Sarah!

    I think my favorite bloom this month is the peony. Not only for its spectacular color and full head, but the way the ants peel them open. Sensational!

    Have a lovely evening, Anita

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  6. Your garden must smell heavenly with all those beautiful roses. Ours have been very slow to flower for some reason - many buds, fingers crossed that when they do flower they won't be pelted to bits by rain!
    June

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  7. I wonder if geraniums do well in seaside gardens because of our quick draining soil (sand))) It was nice to see some of my favourites in your montage and we particularly like psilostemon but often lose it. Is the top rose photo, a David Austin?

    Thank you for sharing these views of your garden and what is in bloom. A pleasure.

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    1. The top rose isn't a specific David Austin rose. It is old variety that can be bought from may rose growers including David Austin.
      Sarah x

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  8. You have such a pretty garden, everything looks so lovely at the moment.

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  9. Sarah - your garden is looking beautiful, I especially love the pond area xxx

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  10. Oh what a beautiful garden, Sarah! I love goldfinches, they visit us now and again too ...

    Love Claire xx

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  11. Sarah, I am a bit envious because all my roses main blooming has long gone by now, all burned by the june sun. I love that nevada bush and all the pond area in general. Do you prune often that rose? I have Marguerite Hilling, Nevada's pink sport, but it's still too small to think of pruning. I guess it grows a lot though. The first picture of the bouquet has beautiful colours!
    Alberto

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    1. Our Nevada is about 10 years, it didn't do much for the first 3 years. We only lightly prune it in the spring. It is one of our favourite roses it flowers for a long period, if you deadhead it every day!
      Sarah x

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  12. Now the goldfinches have found the feeder they'll be there on and off forever if they're anything like ours! Lovely flowers and I also like your winged fairy sitting by the pond. We're still in the stage of school-getting-ready-nagging, so I was glad to read it isn't just me who has that to manage every morning! :-)

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  13. Hello Sarah.
    Gosh, your garden looks spectacular. The photos of your geraniums are a different specie to what i have.. i did have one of the kind you have , but somehow didnt adapt to my soil or something.. If they are the ones I think, the leave has a beautiful scent.
    My garden needs some serious pruning.. deadheading of my roses..
    Its so so hot here now.
    wishing you a lovely thursday.
    val.x
    I am back on with my blog.. hope you will join me again.. valrosa59blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Val. Lovely to see you back blogging again! Geranuim Macrorrhizum does have a lovely scent. what a shame it didn't like your Portuguese garden.
      Sarah x

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  14. Beautiful flowers. What a pretty garden you have. xx

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  15. Your roses and geraniums are beautiful. I've had Johnson's Blue and Wargrave Pink in my garden, too for many years and they're always such reliable, healthy looking flowers there. Love the little Goldfinches; such a colourful bird.

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  16. Lovely flowers Sarah, the ones you gave me are doing great. Julie xxx

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  17. Sarah, your first photo is e v e r y t h i n g!I love so much yellow roses and this bouquet is wonderful!Hope the weather is better so that you can enjoy this beautiful flowering area!

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  18. Whenever I open your posts, I know that I will see loveliness and today did not disappoint - beautiful photos of a beautiful garden.

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  19. Hi Sarah, I do love this post. If you've hopped over to my blog recently you will know that I am not much of a gardener myself, but I LOVE beautiful gardens and yours looks delightful. How wonderful to sit in such a pleasant space and enjoy your coffee whilst watching the birds feed. Happy weekend! Sharon

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  20. I love your garden and your roses are so beautiful!

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  21. The roses and geraniums are flowering beautifully in our garden too Sarah. Those and the catmint which is smothered in bees are my favourites at this time of year.I love the blues and purples and lavenders.

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  22. What a beautiful garden you have! This is the first year I have really got our garden under control and am able to enjoy it! I am thrilled with my new little greenhouse too! I know this will sound really sad, but my favourite flower in my garden is a rose called 'Cliff Richard'!! I know, I know, but I have loved that man for years!!! I was given two CR rose bushes when I left my job by one of my fellow colleagues, (who knew me so well!!) the perfume is just wonderful and heady. The baby blackbirds are walking a very thin line, as they keep raking the broad bean plants out though!!! Happy days, Heather

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  23. Hi Heather, I had to go and find a picture on the internet of your rose it looks wonderful. I am a fan too. Cliff's grandmother used to live in the village where I went to school. Some of the girls were invited to meet him. I was very disappointed that I wasn't included!
    Sarah x

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  24. Your flowers are beautiful Sarah and what a wonderful garden you have. I particularly like the colour of the rose on the bottom right corner of the first mosaic. It's very pretty.

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  25. Your garden is very beautiful and roses and hardy geraniums make wonderful companions. We find the geranium Roxanne (sometimes called Rozanne) to be lovely and the longest flowering one we have....I hope you get lots of good weather to sit in the beauty!

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    1. We have bought Roxanne this year but it hasn't flowered yet!
      Sarah x

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  26. Your garden is just beautiful Sarah. I love geraniums too, but alas no sign of any in the garden in NZ in June! Something we do have in common are goldfinches visiting, small flocks are feeding off the English lavender seed heads (I didn't get around to harvesting the flowers this year!)Amazingly there are still some flowers in my garden (despite the frosts), rose-scented geranium (which you'll know is a pelargonium), penstomens and black scabious. S:)

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  27. Looks like my dream garden! What a wonderful way to spend the morning! X

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  28. Wow those blooms are fab! Great little birds too, it's lovely when they come to visit isn't it! :) x

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  29. So so beautiful and you have some of favourite little birds visiting you as well! x

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  30. Just gorgeous. I love roses, and must find out how to grow them properly. I have mixed success. Your first picture is perfect, just about my favourite colour for a rose. Love your pond too!

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  31. Hello Sarah, YOU have the most beautiful garden laden with all those gorgeous blooms in a array of rainbow colors. Love it. We just got back from a wee trip and I want to say I missed your last post.. OH, How I love looking at all those wonderful photos of the sea. LOVE them.. Thanks for sharing them with us.. Summer has finally arrived here for us.. Thanks goodness. Have a lovely Summer. Hugs Judy

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  32. You have such a beautiful garden! I love the roses in the first pic, they are such a pretty colour. Sweet little gold finches too. x

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  33. Ooh Hello!! I think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship!
    I went to Mottisfont to see the roses yesterday, so glad I did, cos it's raining now!
    My roses are very sad this morning with this rain..Im looking for a pink rose that can withstand rain now! Oh and are you addicted to geraniums like me? I have a new Johnsons blue, not big enough to flower yet. So glad to have found you..in Dorset too I am the next county East of you xx

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  34. Beautiful garden Sarah. I love roses and they do very well here, currently in flower in the garden is Rambling Rector, it's lovely, small and scented. I love the Goldfinches too. I have just bought a new niger feeder with more port holes as I get a queue with the old one. I'm trying to get a decent picture of them. I also have a pink geranium-I have no idea of its name, but it's a small flower and a beautiful pink coulour. I got it at one of the NGS Open Garden days and have propagated it, so it's slowly spreading around the flowerbeds.

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  35. Your garden sounds beautiful, I love all your flowers, we share many of the same, It is such a wonderful time of year..we too have a pair of Goldfinches visiting the niger seed..they are lovely aren't they, so very colourful
    Happy weekend
    Thea x

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  36. Hi Sarah,
    Your roses are beautiful and love the colors you have. Your garden is so green with beautiful color. Enjoy!

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  37. Hi again, there will be plenty of roses at Mottisfont next week.
    Click this link, it's my old blog.
    http://summerfete.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/mottisfont-abbey.html
    Wow I cannot believe it was 3 years ago that I went to Mottisfont!

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  38. ps. We are off to France in our vw camper soon....and I have read nearly all Joanne Harris books!

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  39. Oh my! What a lovely blog! I'm hopping over from Selfsewn. Your roses are stunning!

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  40. beautiful! its a good year for the roses isnt it? slow to start, but mine are stunning too!

    Leanne x

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  41. What a gorgeous array of flowers, Stunning garden:)

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  42. How beautiful it all looks, I love the way you've arranged the photos too. Roses are my favourite flower although I don't grow many - don't grow much of anything actually!

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  43. Anything I can coax to bloom here in the Pacific Northwest in June is my favorite :) but I am especially excited when our Joseph's Coat roses bloom. Your gold finches are so different from those I have seen! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Sarah :)
    Gracie xx

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