|What’s in bloom in July – Standard rose ‘Red Flowering Carpet’|
Below the standard rose are these plants………
|This border should be full of tall spires of Verbena – but not yet! For now I’m just enjoying the
foliage from Santolina, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’, Pulmonaria and Heuchera
|What’s in bloom in July – Rosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ flowers and buds|
At least we’ve had a little more sunshine than Edinburgh as forecasters earlier this week reported that it has been so gloomy that Edinburgh had only seen 1.6 hours of sunshine so far in July.
|What’s in bloom in July – The Astrantia rubra is loving this damp weather|
I’m trying to look on the positive aspects to the monsoon weather pattern. In fact it’s given me a great excuse not to do the weeding. Furthermore the hosepipe has become redundant.
|What’s in bloom in July – Anthemis tinctoria ‘Hollandaise Sauce’|
When I do get out the weeds are so easy to find as they rocket above the foliage and are ever so easy to pull out. Docks with their long tap root have been never so easy to get rid of.
|Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ is loving the rain though the wildlife is confused!|
Another chore I don’t like doing is mowing the lawn and I think I’ve cut the grass once in the past 4 weeks. Had to as it was becoming a meadow! Walking across the lawn feels like I’m walking on a sponge so I can’t possibly cut the grass today!
|What’s in bloom in July – Lavendula augustifolia ‘Hidcote’|
It hasn’t been a good year for Lavender. Likewise the Hidcote foliage isn’t very bushy due to the heavy rain and hail pelting down on the foliage. Here’s an interesting pictorial comparison of last summer with this summer in the Lavender Fields of Sommerset.
|Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Rose Glow’ AGM|
|Acer palmatum var. dissectum Dissectum Atropurpureum next to Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ AGM|
What’s in bloom in July?
|12th July 2012 leavesnbloom garden including the salad leaf sowings to the lower left|
- If you’re interested you can compare this years GBBD to A Scottish Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in July 2011 and a slideshow for GBBD 2010.
Edit to add a few stats for Bernie:
135mm rain in June – wettish month of the year so far | average temp 13.9 C
56.4mm up until 15th July | average temp 17.8 C