June finds the cutting garden positively bursting with flowers. The first hardy annuals have just started blooming in the form of Cornflowers, Snapdragons and Calendula. Even though they are just getting going, we certainly haven't been short of flowers due to growing biennials like Foxgloves and Sweet Williams. Add to these, the self-sown Love-in-a-mist (Nigella) which crop up all over the place and it is easy to fill a vase with early summer flowers. I re-locate any errant Nigella seedlings to more suitable gaps in the cutting beds when they start to appear in early spring.
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) has been planted as an edging plant, along with Lavender and Thrift, and, if anything, it is doing a little too well as the plants have bulked up considerably. It is so valuable for its frothy yellow flowers which create such a good backdrop for other, showier flowers.
Other favourite flowers include Oxeye daisies which are out in abundance on roadside verges at this time of year. We have a clump of them and, although they do self-seed quite prolifically, they are easy to weed out if you get too many. Feverfew is another daisy flower that will self-sow if you introduce it into the garden. Again, it's easy to remove or relocate if it pops up in the wrong place. The flowers of both plants bring a natural wildflower look to vases and it you cut them back after flowering, you'll be rewarded with a 2nd flush of flowers later in the year.
Our shrub roses have really come into their own, producing gorgeously full and fragrant flowers in just their 2nd summer since planting. We grow the dark red 'Munstead Wood', pink 'Gertrude Jekyll' and the deliciously fragrant pink 'Comte de Chambord'. All are repeat-flowering so we'll be able to pick the flowers all through the summer.