May, beginning of June.

Many things happened over the last few months, but that might be the subject of another blogpost. We’ll see.

Today, finally, a bit of sun in this dreary island (I mean, what a weather. In France (Lyon), not only did I not wear fleece jackets, I didn’t even own one. Here have the joy of owning several of these oh-so-elegant garments and of wearing one – in June.).

I am very happy with my garden. I know it’s small and all that, but it’s colourful. Actually, I am proud.

The shady bed near the house, without and with sun. I need to do something about the Osakazuki maple, its leaves are not the right colour (what happened to the chlorophyll?).

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My first Allium Schubertii flower, not fully opened yet. Worth the wait. 🙂

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Hosta June, still my favourite. (I also have Fire and Ice, Canadian Blue, Touch of class, Clifford’s Stingray. I have dumped White Feathers which was a weak thing, not even able to withstand watering).

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The Choisiya was good this year.

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Lupins, finally ! For some reason, I have struggled with lupins over my few years of gardening. This year, it’s worked. Happy!

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Irises, hihihihi, including my first bearded iris ever. Isn’t it good to be a beginner? First time wonder in every corner !

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Creeping phlox on rusty bike.

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Beau-papa’s aquilegia.

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Cutting the diseased Aucuba Japonica back freed a bit of space for a little border where I planted my little lavender, a new Verbena Bonariensis, an Anemone Sylvestris, a Dianthus and a few Mimulus to fill the holes whilst the other are still small. Also, one leftover Mimulus in a pot.

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In the sunny borders, I can admire the paeonies. So, they weren’t what it said on the box (Sarah Bernhardt), and I don’t know what variety these flowers belong to, but in the end, I am glad they are what they are. They look Chinese, delicate and elegant.

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The sunny bed (on a cloudy day) and a close up on the Geum Totally Tangerine.

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I can’t wait to see this Eryngium Neptune’s Gold flower !

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What will this Sedum snake-like flowers look like ? (And Sedum spathulifolium purpureum in flower).

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At the back of the sunny border, in a corner : Silene Druett’s variegated, in flower, Liatris Spicata (one of those plants I tried to get rid of in vain), Lewisia I-don’t-remember-what, some seld-seeded thyme, a Gerbera offered by a pupil and therefore called Hana’s mum’s Gerbera, an Anemone de Caen (I have no idea how it ended up there), Sedum Lime Zinger, a Pulsatilla Vulgaris, a potted lemon scented thyme… Life could – can – be a lot worse. 🙂

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Author: Frog

French and Vietnamese, living between England, France, and an often-dreamt Mediterranean, where my heart dwells.

4 thoughts on “May, beginning of June.”

  1. Je t’admire pour ta patience et pour le soin que tu apportes à ton jardin. Décidément, rien ne me décide à fleurir mon bout de balcon. Pourtant, je sens bien que c’est plus qu’un loisir, ou un hobbie. C’est autre chose. Il existe bien au Japon une Voie des fleurs, comme la Voie du thé… D’ailleurs, elles sont en partie liées, car les fleurs occupent une place importante dans la cérémonie du thé, tout comme le jardin qui entoure la maison de thé…

    Si cela t’intéresse, tu peux lire “Le Livre du thé” d’Okakura Kazuko. J’ai trouvé ça dans la librairie près de chez moi, par hasard.

    Mais je crois que pour ma part, les arbres sont encore plus fascinants que les fleurs. Du jardin de mes parents, je me rappelle surtout l’immense cerisier et son ombre épaisse.

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    1. Aussi, fleurir un balcon, ça peut être très intéressant, mais moins motivant que planter en terre. Un balcon peut servir à autre chose. Un jardin, sans plante, bof.

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  2. Merci pour la référence ! Les arbres, c’est autre chose, une autre dimension – mon jardin est malheureusement beaucoup trop petit pour de vrais arbres. Il y a un jeune sycomore planté par les oiseaux qui pousse tout au fond – il est déjà très grand. A part lui, je dois me contenter de petits érables. Quoique… J’ai un hêtre pourpre et un cornouiller dans ma haie. Ils pourraient devenir assez grands, surtout le hêtre, si je leur en laissais l’occasion – mais les voisins ne seraient pas contents. En tout cas, je devrais les prendre en photo, ils sont magnifiques.

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