The last Day of June and the last flower post of June


I have been putting off doing this all day. I have enjoyed posting my floral treasures throughout the month and I am a little sad that June is over.

I wondered at the start of the month if there were going to be 30 different varieties of plants to include, but in fact I have many more still unpublished, so perhaps I will add some more in July.

I am also at a bit of a loss as to what to choose to symbolise the last June post. Another rose? No-enough from Mottisfont yesterday. Something little? No, its the season for big and bold, so I have chosen a huge (by my garden standards) plant, Acanthus spinosus or Bear’s breeches. The BBC website describes it as ” A statuesque architectural plant, with handsome dark green leaves whose stylised shapes form the decorative detail on Corinthian columns, bringing a strong hint of classical elegance to the garden.” Or a great big spiny number with striking leaves. Mine is about 4 feet tall, but with better feeding would grow larger, and has intriguing hooded flowers that are followed by good fat seed pods. This year there are 10 big flower spikes, all as good as this one. It’s been a good year for it. Must be all that r…

Well tomorrow is July and perhaps time to start mulling those plans for improving my summer border. I hope the June postings have brought enjoyment to those who have read them overseas.

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2 thoughts on “The last Day of June and the last flower post of June

  1. Judith, thank you so much for the lovely garden tour all through June. I appreciate all your work and efforts poured into the garden over the years and then into these posts. I’ve not only enjoyed them but you’ve helped me learn a bit more along the way. I always leave feeling like I’ve been refreshed by seeing the the beauty of your ‘floral treasures’.

  2. I have never heard of this plant, and you have brought it to me, for which I thank you!…the architectural connection is especially welcome…
    Your way of citing research into whatever plant you are posting and your citing of the Latin names of the plants is so appreciated and intellectually satisfying….and of course our tastes co-incide with my own, which is so friendly….
    I am wondering who eats the fat seed pods of your acanthus spinsosus…?

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