At the beginning of June we experienced some wild and windy days which played havoc with climbing roses and small trees. Having been away I needed dry weather to catch up with the lawn and start on the hedges, dry days were in short supply. I struggled to complete before disappearing off to France for a couple of weeks, when ironically the weather was dry and hot in Lancashire. Since my return it has rained every day.
So I have been rather disappointed with the garden this June.
At the start of the month the yellow Allium Moly and the Bartley Variety Primulas harked back to Spring.
The Day lilies [Hemerocallis], Bowl of Beauty Peony and white Siberian Iris all have a short flowering period.
My Choisya Mexican Orange Blossom and Purple Leaved Elderberry are two of the shrubs flowering.
Fragrant Honeysuckle grows outside my bedroom window.
In amongst my shrubs I have the rambling Tropaeolum speciosum, Flame Creeper, which likes its roots in the shade and goes wherever it wishes, giving colour in the evergreens.I’m not one for formal rose bushes but I have several climbing varieties scattered through the garden and June is the month for roses.
Paul’s Himalayan Musk.
A few choice perennials are flowering but I don’t seem to have as much colour as usual.
Campanula latiloba ‘Highcliffe’
Astilbe chimensis ‘Pumila’
Delphinium ‘Magic Fountain’
Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’
I can’t believe I was climbing a few days ago in a T shirt as this morning the cold dull weather continues towards Easter. I rouse myself to do a favourite short walk from home to see what is happening in the countryside. Longridge Fell looks broodingly down on the start of my walk into a field full of seagulls, they are unusual so they must be feeding on something – possibly recent muck spreading.
A glance at the 1:25000 map shows many small ponds in these fields, they are the remains of Marl Pits dug in the 19th century to provide lime rich clay for spreading on the fields to improve the soil. They now provide an interesting habitat for wildlife and plants. One near here unfortunately is used by the duck shooting fraternity, today the mallards were paddling happily. A couple of larger ponds used to keep my children happy for hours fishing for god knows what.
I passed a few metal gates which are for access to a line of aqueducts crossing this area, the Thirlmere aqueduct to Manchester and the Hodder aqueduct to Blackpool. Generally the former has black gates whilst the latter green. A useless bit of information.
On the lanes Blackthorn was in flower before its leaves appeared, the reverse of the Hawthorn, May Blossom. The phrase “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out” was particularly pertinent today in the cold wind. Better information.
Sheep were with lambs and the cattle were being let out into the fields. I came across a particularly threatening breed of sheep.
Pit Bull sheep.
Since I was last this way a memorial seat has been erected – “he loved this farm” a lovely sentiment.
Passing three popular hostelries …
Ferraris Country Hotel.
… shunning them all I arrived home in under a couple of hours. The weather shows no sign of improving but at least I’ve had some exercise.