It’s a tale of two summers. This time last year parts of Scotland only had about 1.6 hours of sunlight for the month unlike this July…what a difference! It’s been an amazing month for heat and sunshine. Even the hosepipe has made an appearance in the garden and the sprinkler might be out next!
High temperatures and lack of rain bring their own problems but at least when I hoe the little weeds just shrivel away. The bigger ones need tugged a bit more as the soil under the first few centimetres is like a brick. Anything that’s bigger than a weed … well just forget about the garden trowel or spade … you need a pick axe! That’s far too much effort!
Days like this were meant for sitting in the garden and soaking up nature rather than being soaked in the rain. So come with me and let me show you what’s in flower today for What’s in Bloom.
It’s a Tale of Two Summers …
The plants in ‘Muddy Boots Corner‘ are enjoying not being in such muddy soil this year. This is the area of the garden that only the toughest of plants can grow in or else aquatic ones. The yellow Lysimachia punctata is a real thug. It needs to be kept within its boundaries or else it would take over.
Lavender munstead, geraniums and various dwarf dianthus are still looking good in the scree borders. While the pink spirea, lemon coloured carpet roses and Anthemis tinctoria ‘Hollandaise Sauce’ daisies have started to flower.
Some more alliums have appeared in the garden – Allium cernuum and Allium christophii. There’s also the fuzzy white stems and leaves of Stachys lanata better known as lambs lugs with their tiny orchid like flowers and the blue bracts from the spiky sea holly – Eryngium.
It’s an Array of Summer Colour …
The white flowers from the Physocarpus diablo (bottom left) were not out for June’s GBBD and now they’ve all finished but what’s left behind is a lovely hue of red which contrasts so well with it’s dark rich foliage. I’m trying to encourage more of the flame creeper Tropaeolum speciosum (top right) to grow closer to the physocarpus. At the moment it’s content to just ramble in the shade through the callicarpa shrub.
Beside the Physocarpus grows the Rosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and below the rose the blue flowers from Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and the yellow Anthemis tinctoria ‘Kelwayi’ mingle together.
This must be the palest part of the garden just now. The purple Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ has just finished flowering. While the cerise pink Lathyrus latifolius (everlastling sweetpea) has still to produce some buds. There are many geraniums like G. ‘Patrica’ and G ‘Anne Folkard’ in this part of the garden. But they are so young that they’ve yet to make their presence felt in among so much foliage.
For now the Actinidia vine with its pink and white splashed foliage gives a little bit of colour along the fence. Alongside is the pale pink Rosa ‘New Dawn’ and the Calamagrostis grass with it’s wonderful light and airy plumes. Then in the background arises a 10ft Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ with it’s ‘plate-like’ clusters of tiny white and red flowers against finely divided black leaves.
Finally here are a few wide angle views of the garden. This year I haven’t planted any summer bedding and the pots will soon be full of herbs. I didn’t think I would miss the bright colours of annuals. But I do and I might have to reconsider leaving a few containers just for summer bedding.
The wildflowers the RHS sent me for National Gardening Week have started to flower along the new path. Once they’ve grown a bit bigger I’ll put the bark on that new pathway.
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