This year is an exceptional one. We have had unusually dry and hot weather, and the flowers in my garden have started to bloom at least 3 weeeks early.
Today we've had some rain - the first showers for two months! All my roses are in bloom - Burnet roes, Rugosas, Gallicas, Floribundas, Hybrid musks nd english reses. And what a Year of the Rose it is! Normally only the Scots roses and some of the early Rugosas bloom in June - but the whole garden is already filled with gorgeous rose scent. This is the Moss rose Black Boy and the Rugosa Kamtschatka:
One of my favourite roses is Irma - a Swedish rose which flower throughout the summer. It grows into a tall, big shrub with plenty of thorns and the roses are so beautiful!
Some Geraniums have already finished their blooms but luckily there are many that flower thorughout the summer. This one is a favourite, with big, magenta-coloured flowers. Unfortunately I've forgotten its name. Does anybody know?
The Sweet Peas are also very early to show their lovely scented flowers. I just love Sweet Peas and this year I've planted them in pots by the stairs towards the playhouse. I wouldn't want to be without them!
I grew Pentemon digitalis last summer and a couple of weeks ago they showed their first flowers. What a surprise I got! They weren't white at all, as they should have been, but a lovely blue hue!
Some Peonies have already given up. But one (nameless) - which I bought last summer - is still flowering. Big, magenta-coloured flowers fly above the foliage. Beautiful - as all Peonies are!
Some shrubs are also in bloom. The Elder - which normally blooms after midsummer - have plenty of flowers. This year I'm going to turn the flowers into Elder-champagne!
And the dark-leaved Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' have pretty flowers in addition to the dark leaves which look great next to the pink roses. My Clematis are also in bloom - this one is probably 'Warzawska Nike':
Dianthus has gorgeous, pink flowers - a very nice perennial groundcover with silvery leaves.
Most bulbs have withered away, but the Nectaroscordum siculum is still pretty. Although it has an unpleasant smell - it's beautiful to look at.
The same goes for the orange Lily which I gave my dear mother-in-law some 15 years ago. She is now in an old people's home - but her Lilies continue to bloom in our garden - in remembrance of her.
In our hothouse, an almost black Calla Lily is accompanied by some Cannas. I 'stole' the Canna seeds when visiting Santa Barbara in October last year, so they are my Californian souvenirs. The one to the left is a seedling of 'Lucifer' and the one to the right is a seedling of 'Journey's End'. I must confess that I'm always very tempted to grab hold of mature seeds, when I see some - how can I be 'cured'?
The Bluebells are Swedish though. I use them between the Rose bushes together with Nepeta - blue flowers in between roses in pink look great!
And finally, Foxgloves - I wouldn't want to be without Foxgloves! My garden is not a formal garden - I try to make it look more like an English cottage garden, so Foxgloves fit in very well, I think.
This is a selection of flowers in my garden today. My summer vacation begins in three days - I will spend it among my roses... How will you spend yours? /Katarina