Six on Saturday

It’s time I got my finger out.  I have a camera full of images of my garden, and an inbox full of images from my students, but real life has got in the way.  See the picture?  It’s the lovely Flaming June by Lord Frederic Leighton.  And that’s what this June has been.  Flaming.  They’re talking about hosepipe bans now.  Some parts of the lawn crackle when you walk on them, like walking on a packet of crisps.  I can’t keep up with the watering.  I have too many plants in pots that are shrivelling and baking.  And I hate the heat.  I’m done-for before I get up!

Anyway, enough snivelling.  Here are some images from my students.  I hope you enjoy them.  And I’ll come and see what you’ve all been up to.

1  Sweet Peas

This gardener has taken on a couple of allotments, and this is her first vase of sweet peas, in what looks like a classy allotment shed.  I can smell them from here…

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2  This is also from a gardener away from home.  It’s Veratrum nigrum, not often seen, at Wentworth Woodhouse, where the gardens are being remade.  This is clearly one plant that’s staying.

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3  From the same gardener, again away from home, is this image from Lea Gardens, always worth a visit, and especially at rhododendron time.

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4  From another gardener is this lovely miniature hosta, ‘Teaspoon’.  Had the breeder been watching ‘The Matrix’, I wonder?  There is no spoon…

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5  From the same gardener, here’s Digitalis parviflora ‘Milk Chocolate’, with Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’ behind.

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6  And also this Lilium martagon var. album, in front of that lovely thornless climbing rose, ‘Zephirine Drouhin’.  Doesn’t that rose foliage look really healthy?

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And that’s it for tonight.  The heat has done for me.  I want to go somewhere nice and temperate.  Antarctica?  Falkland Islands?  Winterfell?

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