Hi there! You’re very welcome to my blog. This week’s summer solstice coincided with what finally felt like the start of summer in Ireland. Not to get too excited, but we hit 23 degrees Celsius – which is 73 degrees Fahrenheit. Not overly hot, but better than what we’d been having! 🙂 This was great news for our strawberries. A little bit of warmth was exactly what they needed. We’ve had several great harvest and the strawberries are so sweet.
June is typically the month for my roses to start showing off, too. The rose shrubs have been covered in buds and now those buds are finally open flowers. The bed is a beautiful mass of pink! Although I was quite late in applying it, this year I have used Uncle Tom’s Rose Tonic to help keep them healthy. It is a nature-identical plant food. A few of the plants tend to suffer from black-spot, which I’d love to prevent. We’ll see how they do. (Just a note that the product is pricey.)
The peony are still hanging on! My Sarah Bernhardt and Bowl of Beauty are the last two varieties in bloom. I couldn’t resist, and I created a large arrangement with them this week. I was quite pleased with it, with the added bonus of it smelling lovely, too!
I am joining The Propagator’s meme Six on Saturday. Feel free to have a visit of the other contributors, too!
Enjoy the tour!
1 – Strawberries! Remember when I said I’d give this bed one year to prove itself? Well, it did. We’ve had more than these three hauls and the strawberries have been large, firm and delicious. The covers that my husband built were great to keep the birds out and light enough to easily take off. Strawberry plants do take work: the runners need to be kept in check, you need to keep a balance of old and new plants, and they need to be weeded – all of which is hard on the back. It is why I wanted to make sure the work would be worth it with LOTS of strawberries. I’m so glad this is the case. My back-up alternative plan is to have a bed full of peony plants, which isn’t too bad either.
2 – A peony, poppy & rose arrangement. This was fun to create! I love it when I am able to collect lots of flowers for an arrangement. The different shades of pink are fabulous, but what I think makes the arrangement are the coral colored poppies. The deep pink roses are Princess Anne, and there are some mid-pink The Ancient Mariner roses, both are David Austin varieties. In the center, there is one small Kansas peony (it’s a deep pink), along with Bowl of Beauty and Sarah Bernhardt peonies. And finally, I added some lychnis Coronaria rose campion, just to have some flowers that were a little smaller. The only thing I was missing was sun to photograph it! 🙂
3 – Princess Anne, David Austin roses. This shrub is covered in deep pink flowers and is just show stopping! I’m glad I have it on the outer edge of the bed. It is also sweetly scented. This is one of the plants that suffers from black-spot, badly. We’ll see if this new treatment can perhaps help that over time. I have used the milk/water solution in the past, after the black-spot appears. It is quite a lot of work if you have many plants to do. Stay tuned!
4 – The Ancient Mariner, David Austin roses. This beautifully scented shrub just seems to be a tiny bit ahead of the others with the amount of flowers it has. It is spectacular! But because it has other rose shrubs around it, I can’t fully get a perfect picture of it. But this one isn’t bad. 😉
5 – Bowl of Beauty peony. This peony, like a bunch of my other ones, had to be moved last year. We ended up dividing it into two plants. Not surprising, it only had a few blooms this year. Like all the rest of my moved peonies, I’m hoping with feed and time they will settle in and increase the number of those flowers.
6 – Boxwood. A rather unglamorous picture! But I wanted to try and capture the work that went in to tidying up the boxwood plants. I did a lot of weeding of the boxwood, and then gave it a good feed. These plants were all grown from our cuttings a few years ago and they are really doing great! I also weeded the rose bed, although I’m still debating about pulling those poppies out. We’ll see.
And that is my Six on Saturday! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the tour. See you next time.
Thanks so much Saania 🙂
My pleasure 😇
We are enjoying lots and lots of strawberries here also – a delicious complaint to have a glut of strawberries.
It is a wonderful thing to have such a delicious complaint, Paddy! Enjoy your strawberries, too. 🙂
Fabulous strawberry success. I can almost taste them.
Thanks, Rosie. It’s the one thing that the kids will help with in the garden, too, thanks to them tasting so good!
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The strawberries look great! I just have a volunteer bed, so they are for snacking in the garden. Sometimes the squirrels will also help themselves. I am holding out fro me raspberries which look to be a good crop this year. We also are having cool grey weather with some welcome gentle rain.
We’re new to raspberries, actually. This will be our first year with fruit (fingers crossed). It they work out, I could be persuaded to drop the strawberries, as there seems to be almost no maintenance with raspberries. Part of me thinks a small bed of strawberries would be enough (and then the greedy part thinks ‘all or nothing’!). 🙂
I found that my raspberries were disappointing in years 1 and 2, quite good in year 3 and look amazing this year (year 4). I grow a dwarf thornless variety called Raspberry Shortcake. The seller did warn to be patient with this particular variety – I would say that you should give yours some time to establish if the first year is not everything you hope. Mine grow around the perimeter of my garden, and as the berries ripen, they droop down an hide under the leaves so hungry birds don’t find them. I am excited for them to ripen! I was not going to plant strawberries because I don’t have the space to do it right, but I am pretty laissez faire in he garden. If something comes up, I leave it unless it causes problems or I need the space for something else.
Thanks for the tips! Your variety of dwarf thornless raspberries sound perfect. I think if I had to do it again, I would look for ones like that. But fingers crossed that these work out well. 🙂
I did enjoy the tour and the thought of strawberries, roses and peonies. Your roses look wonderful.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour, Su! Summer time can be so beautiful and sweet in the garden 🙂