Six things in my garden today.  If you want to join in and share 6 things from your garden then here is to how to participate It’s fun, you see interesting things in other people’s gardens and lovely 6ers chat and comment on your pics.

IMG_04651. The first thing to show you is this sculpted relief tile of a crow.  It’s meant to be hanging on the house wall but somehow we have never got around to it.  Maybe this weekend.  MrOG and I both have a bit of a thing about corvids – there is a rookery at the bottom of our street and we love to watch the rooks whirling and calling early in the morning and in the evening before they settle to roost.  We get the occasional crow in the garden, especially if we put down bread, and they are so beautiful with glossy, black feathers and such an intelligent look.   At this time of year our bird feeders are visited by jays – always a delight to see with their pinky fawn feathers and that flash of brilliant blue on the wing – and of course we have magpies. Not so keen on them – scavenging, noisy, bullying the smaller birds.  To complete our corvid family, very occasionally in the summer a raven will pass over the house and garden, quite high up, often harried by the rooks, but identifiable by its size and the unmistakable harsh ‘kronking’ noise it makes.  This plaque is by Anne Windsor.  You can see some of her work here.

IMG_04622. It’s rose time in the garden in June and we have lots of them in flower.  Always early, always gorgeous, and exquisitely perfumed is Rosa Gallica versicolour, better known as Rosa Mundi.  It only flowers once, early in the season, but is a mass of these lovely old-fashioned, striped blooms.  I wouldn’t be without it.  I love it so much I am giving you a nice big picture so you can really appreciate it.

IMG_04603. In the part of the border that we haven’t got around to sorting out yet there is a mass of self-sown seedlings doing their best to enliven a really scruffy patch.  This is Nigella damascena or ‘Love-in-a Mist’.  The seedlings come up in a variety of dusty blues creating a soft hazy blue layer.  I pull loads out, but there is always plenty.  And besides, how could you not give border room to a plant with such a wonderfully romantic name?



4.  Also flowering now is this Rosa Gertrude Jekyll.  It fits perfectly into the border and flowers all summer, gifting these fragrant, strong pink, double blooms on good upright stems all through the season if you deadhead regularly.   It’s another favourite of mine, and even if it wasn’t relatively trouble-free, I would still find room for it.  Another lovely big picture to make the most of!IMG_0459

IMG_04645. This is Sisyrinchium striatum.  Reliable, long-flowering, with pale green, strap-like leaves, this is a great companion for roses and hardy geraniums – it’s a good ‘cottage’ garden plant.  It’s quite well-behaved in my garden – it spreads well but not overwhelmingly – and wherever it pops up I tend to leave it for at least one season before potting up the plantlets and either putting them where I actually want them, or giving them away to friends and family.  This particular plant appeared in the vegetable bed earlier in the year.  For a while I wasn’t sure whether it was a sedge grass and very nearly rooted it up.  I have been made very cautious by rogue sedge grass….

IMG_04586. And bringing up the rear this week are these darling little pinks.  Dianthus ‘Pink Kisses’ is a compact little plant and very floriferous.  It is a perennial, happy in pot or border – I have these in half a dozen terracotta pots on the patio and with regular dead-heading they should give me these lightly scented blooms all summer.  When they’ve had enough I shall put them in the border and hopefully they will be back again next year.



So, there are my 6 for this week.  Happy gardening!

The Optimistic Gardener