Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2018

It seems I have a growing collection of Agapanthus in the garden more by luck than design.  It probably is because I have a weakness for all bulbs and at this time of year its seems to be either Agapanthus or Crocosmia.  Over recent years they have been moved to the big border which is in full sun, slopes and has a large quantity of gravel in, so good drainage.

Most of my Agapanthus are anonymous, but I am pretty sure that the one above is Agapanthus ‘Alan Street’.  I need to liberate it a bit as it has been overshadowed by something else and the stems are quite bendy.

I have included one of Echinacea  partly because I am pleased that it seems to have established itself now coming back for a number of years but also because I  think it is interesting the impact the drought has had on the flower formation.  I have a number of plants where the flowers and stems are just short this year presumably because they haven’t had enough moisture.

I also seem to have started to collect Knipofia; I like the contrast their vertical spires bring to other flowers. I used to despise their gaudy flowers and tended towards the more subtle varieties such as Knipofia ‘Toffee Nose’ which has finished flowering this year.  But this year I have added a couple of the Knipofia  ‘Popsical’ as they are excellent for pick up the orange of the Crocosmia and tying the border together.

Also new to the garden this year are a couple of Agastache. Again the Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ helps to pull the border together with the Kniphofia and Crocosmia and the Anemanthele lessioniana.

I’ve also added a couple of Agastache ‘Black Adder’ to provide a contrast to the oranges.

So these are my August floral highlights. Thanks to Carol for hosting this meme – check out her blog for more GBBD posts


Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – July 2011

The garden is at the half way stage – the early summer flowers have gone over and the late summer flowers are yet to really get underway.  However, there is still plenty putting on a good show such as the Achillea Flowerburst Red, grown from seed last year.  I love the colour but I do find the  flopping nature of the plant annoying.

Anyone who knows me well will know I’m not a fan of Heucheras but I do like the one above.  Its leaves are green with a bit of marbling but it is the flowers I like.  Happily the Heuchera is planted near the Achillea above and they go very well together.  Sadly, I know its name as it was a gift some years back.

The first of the daisy flowers is blooming away.  This is Leucanthemum Broadway Lights, not looking as yellow as I remember from last year and suffering from Salvia flowers falling on it.

I’m pleased that Clematis viticella  Etoile Violette is flowering on time especially as I unceremoniously dug it up earlier in the year and relocated it without the care it should have had.

The Clematis above also works well with the Catananche which is hanging down from the top of the wall border.  It’s such a pretty flower.

My Francoa has come through the winter well and is filling out well.  The Lobelia tupa (below) are thriving and bulking up.  They look so exotic that I was really surprised they survived the winter without any protection.

The Agastache just keeps coming back year on year and getting better and better.  The scent is quite heady and it is a real magnet for bees and other nectar seeking insects.

There are lots of Salvias and Geraniums in flower but the photos did not come out very well so instead I will finish with one of the Sunflowers growing at the allotment.

So that is a selection of my blooms this month.  For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit May Dream Gardens.