Scented flowers and blooms inspired by royalty
PUBLISHED: 14:20 08 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:29 20 February 2013
Cheshire Life gardening columnist Jacqui Brocklehurst is thrilled by scented flowers and blooms inspired by royalty
To quote the great garden designer and plants woman Gertrude Jekyll: What is there to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months. And with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.
We can now breathe a sigh of relief for all danger of frost has passed. Half-hardy annuals can be safely planted out and left to bask in the increasing warmth of the sun. Cosmos, salvias and brightly coloured zinnias will fill the garden with colour throughout the season.
This month we will be celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee. To commemorate this occasion, many churches, schools and other institutions will have planted special rose bushes. Diamond Jubilee has large yellowy orange flowers and blooms from June to October while Jubilee Celebration bears highly fragrant salmon pink blooms. Peter Beales roses have recently introduced the Queens Jubilee Rose to mark this occasion, a repeat flowerer with scented white blooms flushed with pink.
With longer days and warmer nights we can begin to dust down the garden furniture and enjoy dining al fresco. Long, lazy lunches in the garden that drift into evening revelry are one of lifes greatest pleasures. And, as the sun goes down, there are some plants that choose this moment to tentatively make themselves known.
Honeysuckle, such a shy but beautiful flower, entwines itself through the branches of trees displaying elegant blooms just out of reach. Then, as dusk approaches, its intoxicating perfume begins to permeate the air. Tobacco plant Nicotiana Sylvestris bears long white flowers that take on an ethereal luminosity when the sun goes down. Its fragrance is sweet and satisfying, irresistible to moths that seek out its nectar.
Grow night-scented plants close to a seating area or near to an open window where their fragrance can be enjoyed throughout the summer. Fairy lights scattered through branches of trees or draped over bushes and archways create a truly magical effect. And, for the late night revellers who cant find their way up the garden path, tea lights in jam jars will help them on their way.
You can follow Jacquis gardening activities by visiting her website at www.colourmygarden.co.uk Her blog is jacquibrocklehurst.worpress.com
The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Cheshire Life
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