Pick of the week

June is one of the busiest times in the garden, when the quiet beauty of springtime makes way for summer’s showy abundance. One of the best things about growing lots of your own blooms is that during the summer you don’t have to buy any past-their-best supermarket flowers for the house. Just arm yourself with a pair of scissors and a jug of water, and get snipping. I always try and pick my flowers in the morning when their stems are fully turgid (filled with water). Carry the jug around with you and plunge stems straight into the water.

The flowers I picked this morning are a lovely combo of pinks and blues. This posy consists of a pink bush rose called ‘Celebration’, pink and blue hydrangeas, buddleja (beautiful purple spires usually covered in butterflies), jasmine (strong, beautiful scent) and lychnis coronaria (a pretty deep fuchsia flower that grows in drifts of brilliant colour).

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