So..... more of what's on offer at Pine Tree Cottage in early June. This is Achillea millefolium or commonly, yarrow. Lovely bright colour in my yellow and white border - one of the earlier things for early summer.
out for ground cover, that's what I got.
They will bloom all summer if I give them a haircut after the first flowering and they are all different. The hues range from white to purple, although for some reason I seem to like the pinker shades best (or was that what was on offer when I did the shopping?). The garden here has been divided up into different themes. I have three beds which were planted first - and for a specific purpose, because they are the three I can see from the living room window, and I got what I wanted - a sort of living water colour, a
sort of three beds full, if you like. There are all
sorts of things in those beds, but they are choc-a-block and with no colour theme, just a lovely cottage garden kind of tumble. There are roses in there too, but at least one of them is due a move at the end of the season as they are unhappy. Graham Thomas (yellow) has been in the same place for 13 years, but never performs as I feel he should, so he will get moved up the garden. Chapeau de Napoleon (pink) is lovely, but hit and miss. Some years only one blossom some years 4 or 5 on this moss rose. But not enough, so he will have to move too. Then I have Nuit de Young, a small flowered dark dark red which is usually the earliest to bloom but this year is way behind, although full of bud. And the smell! Perfumiers must have used this one in the past - it is so tiny but so fragrant. Only one flowering per season though, so it is in a bed with lots of other things. Then comes a rose that shouldn't be where it is (she loves a wall), and this is Zepherine Drouhin. Again, full of perfume. I have given her a nice wigwam, and that seems to work. Sorry, this shot is sideways, my pc has thrown a wobbly!
And another smelly lady here - Gertrude Jekyll which is such a perfect bloom - and sits in a border with day lilies each side and scabious underneath. I love flowers in the house, and once in a while I will cut a rose and bring one in, but they are never so beautiful as they are on the bush.