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01/06/2013 at 09:01

June 1st say the meteorologists is the first day of summer so I shall take my camera with me as i deadhead the spring flowers like daffodils and bluebells which have been so late this year and share them with you.  The peonies definitely think it is summer.

01/06/2013 at 09:04

Oh goodie - I love the picture threads !!  Well done Marion

01/06/2013 at 09:30

Summer arrived here yesterday. It went away during the night. Cool cloudy, northerly breeze. I took a few photos yesterday. Will they be eligible Marion? 

01/06/2013 at 10:43

Of course, nutcutlet(yummy).  Rules are not made to be broken here but non-existent.  I have done an hour's deadheading.  Now for some editing.

 My rainbow chard is delicious.

 I have never seen so much blossom on the trees in all my many years of gardening.  This is my hawthorn tree.

01/06/2013 at 11:46

No rules, excellent

This is one of my species paeonies. I grew two new ones a few years ago and forgot which was which. It's either veitchii or mascula, anyone know?


01/06/2013 at 11:57

More first day of summer pictures.  Here are forget-me-nots and

 This variagated sedum spurium has pretty

 Chives flowering in the onion bed in the potager.

little pink flowers already.


Herb Robert in my spinney (the wild part of my very large garden which can look so beautiful.)

01/06/2013 at 11:57

Not sure nut but will take a look at a reference book later if it's any use

Lovely pix! Marion the hawthorn is magnificent- I fancy putting some in here but I always think the blossom smells of cat pee...

01/06/2013 at 12:00

That is such a mix -up, i do not know where to start editing it!  Nutcutlet i will try to find out at the Botanic garden next week if the internet does not do it.

01/06/2013 at 12:03

Nutcutlet - looks like veitchii but mascula can be very similar in the pink form.

01/06/2013 at 13:10

Here is a picture of my Peony I have got in a pot. The flowers are such a lovely yellow I always think that they should smell of lemons. Your pictures are lovely happymarion.


01/06/2013 at 13:32

What a beautiful peony!

01/06/2013 at 13:35

Thank you happymarion, it flowers like this every year.

01/06/2013 at 13:42

Thanks Marion and fg. I do try and keep proper records and make a note of what I put where, But then I move them and don't update, 

Then I'll decide I like a particular genus, get seeds of several species but don't know any of them well enough to tell them apart. That's what happened with the paeonies. and the corydalis, and the codonopsis and............. 

01/06/2013 at 15:04

nutcutlet, you need our very own Botanic garden with a helpful staff or the four volumes of the four volumes of the RHS Dictionary of Gardening which is the one I have.  So useful when labels disappear.  I am sure the foxes use mine as cutlery.

01/06/2013 at 15:16

nut- we all do it don't we! I'm always trying to be organised with labelling but don't always manage it. If we were really good we could take pix with a label in front and then print them and put them on kitchen wall or similar so that we would know.

Have I taken that too far?

 Been out potting up my free hostas and now have about 8 because they were falling apart- don't know how they survived under the conifer! The good thing is that they have long roots from desperately trying to find some water! Have discovered that my rescue clematis is not a montana. Foliage was getting too big and the  bud on it was getting bigger and bigger instead of opening and when I looked at it yesterday it was looking purpley at the tip- today it's definitely got a purple tip so it's going to be a nice summer one instead! Hurray! Will now go and buy a white montana for the fence.

Beautiful peony donutmrs

01/06/2013 at 15:34

Love the yellow peony and the rainbow chard, my chard is nowhere near hat size yet.

 Verbascum, clementine

 Clematis Wada's primrose, first flower ever on this clem

01/06/2013 at 15:51

Superb.  Such perfection just makes me gasp with admiration at nature and nurture (from the gardener).

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01/06/2013 at 17:20

Wonderful, wonderful WinterS. What is the penultimate photo? I have some and have lost the label, but they have multiplied a lot over the last winter

HappyM, I just stick them in the ground and they seem to know what they are doing If they aren't growing well I give them a little talking to, e.g. 'Come on, you can do better than that!'

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