Today is the first day of summer! Now, I know that summer always follows spring, and here in Australia, that means that it starts on the first of December, so it shouldn't be a surprise. But somehow it is. Summer has crept up on me. I think I'm in a kind of "spring groove" and I'd like to stay in it.
I have heard that in some places, summer doesn't officially start until the solstice. Maybe I'll pretend I live in one of those places. Anyway, summer or not, it is the end of the month, and time for a look to see how far the garden has come. October and November have been months of exploding growth this year.
Here is a view down the western side of the backyard at the beginning of spring:
Here's one now:
Nepeta faassenii, Cistus salvifolius, Rosa 'Queen Elizabeth', Iris pallida 'Argentea variegata', Verbena peruviana, Rosa 'Fourth of July', Callistemon 'Kings Park Special', Erysimum cheiri
I'm pretty happy with that.
Something else I'm happy with is the performance of the Delbard rose 'Henri Matisse' this year.
Here it is at the same time last year: contrasting nicely with the golden Sedum below it, but very low and with only four blooms.
Here it is now:
Rosa 'Henri Matisse', Sedum mexicanum 'Gold Mound', Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink' and seedling,
Campanula poscharskyana, Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii.
I promise you that I have not enhanced the colour of this photograph in any way, either. Outstanding.
Another star of this month has been a little naturalised orange poppy that has been, well, popping up, everywhere that it would look most effective. Like among dark purple Salvias:
|Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna', orange field poppy of some kind (!), Oenothera speciosa in the background.|
The bees and hover flies have been loving it, too.
It even appeared in a pot in the Potted Garden. Can you see it?
Pansy 'Plentifall Trailing Yellow', Pelargonium (red), Convolvulus sabatius 'Moroccan Beauty', Sedum mexicanum 'Gold Mound'.
Here it is from two different angles. Could I have picked a better companion? I doubt it.
Phormium tenax 'Flashdance' with orange poppy.
All in all, it's a good feeling here at the end of this month.
Spring, I'm sad to see you go.
|Philadelphus coronarius - unknown variety, with Rosa 'Madame Isaac Pereire'.|
Photo Credit: My new header is not a photograph taken in my garden. It was taken in the Blue Mountains by my son. Thanks, Ethan.