Something slightly different this week – my Saturday six come from an open gardens day in the village of Bloxworth, Dorset.
One – I loved this subtle, pale geranium (possibly G sanguineum var. striatum?). It makes a wonderful foil for brighter flowers.
Two – This eye-popping clematis (variety unknown) was at its perfect peak.
Three – Simple white roses are hard to beat for sheer glamour and this one (again, variety unknown) had been trained to scramble over a shrub so the flowers were at eye-level.
Four – I love these thistles (Cirsium rivulare, I think), both for their rich flower colours and the pale green stems. The bees loved them, too.
Five – I think this beautiful peaflower is bladder senna (Colutea arborescens). It made a loose, clambering shrub.
Six – Finally, this rose (the garden owner told me it was ‘Schoolgirl’) had climbed right up into a neighbouring hawthorn tree, giving the effect of a giant flowered, peach coloured hawthorn. Everyone did a double-take!
For more on my visit to the gardens of Bloxworth, see my blog here on Monday.