End of Month View – July 2016

IMG_6076Opps sneaking in a day late with the post which is disgraceful as I host the meme but there you go.  Life moves on, you find yourself blogging less and less and losing track of the days and the pattern of posting and the next thing you know you are late like the proverbial White Rabbit.


Anyway, what is there to say about Hugh’s Border except it is very full and interestingly and is probably faring better than most of the garden given the dry conditions we have had recently.  The only real casualty are the Sensitive Ferns (Onoclea sensibilis) which are looking a little frazzled.  They need moisture even when they are in the shade despite what the reference books say.  I have some in a very damp corner of the garden which look wonderful but the ones in Hugh’s Border despite it not having as good drainage as the rest of the garden give in at this time of year every year and every year I think I really must pull them out.  But I forget and then in the spring the new fronds with their red stems appear showing that they are spreading around and I relent.  “No more” I cry – well mutter.  I am determined not to be hoodwinked into a reprieve and I intend to drastically cull the Sensitive Fern and replace it with some ferns that are  a little more robust and not so touchy about things.


As for the front of the border the phlox are looking and smelling wonderful and I find myself thinking that as they seem to like these conditions then maybe I should add to them but I need to be very particular about the colour as I don’t want a garish pink and I think the colour palette for phlox is quite limited.  Anyway, a bit of research is needed.

There isn’t much else to say about the border as its one of those areas that just gets on with it and finally has filled out enough to have a bit of interest happening whatever the time of year.

As ever any one can join in the end of month meme just decide on what part of your garden you want to feature or maybe give us a tour of the whole garden.  The instructions are on the tab at the top of the blog.  I look forward to seeing your links in the comment box below and having a mooch over to see what is happening at yours particularly as it is now raining here.


GBBD 15/9/12 – Pretty in Pink

You would be forgiven from looking at this months blooms that we were back in June instead of September.  The roses in my garden have a second flush and unusually they are more floriferous than earlier in the year.  Above is Rosa ‘Handel’ which is a sort of climber, well I think it is a climber as it sends up very long stems but never more than about 7ft tall.  It is smothered in flowers and quite gorgeous.

Above is Rosa Jude the Obscure, a David Austin rose.  I bought two roses from them this year, the second being Emma Hamilton.  I love the flowers of David Austin roses but they always seem to flop and Jude the Obscure is doing exactly that.  It does smell wonderful though and in the Autumn I shall move it to the Cottage Garden border where I think it will do better as its less shady.  I love the flowers they look like porcelain

The third rose in flower and worth photographing, the others are all rather shabby, is Rosa Lucky.  Another good plant which has been flowering off and on all summer and produces lots of flowers.

Continuing the pink theme in the garden, which has surprised me as the garden is meant to be in its late summer oranges and yellows phase, is Diascia personata ‘Hopleys’.  I bought this from Wollerton Old Hall back in early August and it has been flowering non-stop ever since.  A really good buy.

Another pink purchase from Wollerton Old Hall is Salvia involucrata boutin.  This was rather a risky purchase since the plant is tender and I will have  to over-winter it but it is so gloriously pink and syrupy I couldn’t resist and it is working well with the other pink flowers in the Cottage Garden Border.

Finally a Phlox I bought at the local flea market the other day which was just labelled ‘Phlox’ and some Cosmos which have flopped with all the wind we have  had.

These are the highlights in the garden today but lurking in the wings are Asters, Sanguisorba and Lobelia tupa which I might share in another post.

For more Garden Blogger  Bloom Day post visit Carol at May Dreams

GBBD – July 08

This is my favourite flower in the garden at the moment. Its a form of Salvia which I grew from some seed last year but as ever I have mislaid the label – any ideas?  My garden is going through a colour pallette transition at the moment.  We are moving away from the soft pastels of early summer and spring such this annual Phlox Leopoldii

This plant is new to me and I cant decide whether I will grow it again or not.  It is providing quite good ground cover for areas where I have gaps – but in my mind eye the Lobelia and Phlox would merge together to cover the ground and create a tapestry of underplanting – oh well best laid plans.

Pale undertones are provided in the garden by lots of hostas such as the one above and this Astilbe.  I hadnt realised how good these pale flowers are for lighting up areas which are patially shady.

Then the colours start to brighten.  A typical example is this Pacific Giant Delphinium – however this ‘Gaint’ is only 2ft tall.  It was grown from late last year and I am thrilled to have got it this far, this is the best I have done with growing Delphiniums from seed. 


There is a growing yellow theme in the garden as well at the moment, provided mainly by Inula hookeri (which I havent got a photo of) and these Centaurea macrocephala (yellow thistles).  I also love the plant on the left which I cant remember the name of.  May be I should rename this blog to ‘The forgetful gardener’!


The Fuschia above was given to me by a friend of my mother and had been growing in her garden for years and therefore she didnt know what variety it was and I havent tried to find out, after all I would only forget!  I love the Lychnis, which again I grew from seed last year.  I have far too many of them and they are completely taking over in some areas but I will thin them out for next year and then I can plant something else with them.

I was initially pleased with the Ammi majus above – this is very easy to grow from seed and is a great cut flower.  However I dont think it is sturdy enough for my garden as it has been blown all over the place by the recent winds.  It has also attracted alot of blackfly.

This is the best year so far for this Clematis viticella Etoile Violette (see I do know some names!)

These two Dahlia buds are on the same plant but seem to be very different which is strange and I seem to remember the Dahlia being more white than yellow – ha ho!  It is very attractive though.

So there you have a cross section of the flowers in my garden this month – there is much more but these are the ones that particularly took my eye today.

Off to let Carol at May Day Dreams know I have done my post.