I’m sort of feeling the need to do a bit of an update on parts of the garden; especially as it’s a couple of weeks away from the end of month round-up post and feel things change so much in a few weeks that I want to get them in there when I can!
The front garden is doing very well considering it’s still only a few months old – especially the areas I’ve only planted up over the last few months.
This poppy I planted earlier in the year has been teasing me for around a week now with his skin seemingly popping open and yet the bloom still isn’t out! I guess it’s going to be red or pink- I didn’t know what type when I bought it.
Strangely enough, although Lavender love heat and dry weather, this year is looking to be a bumper year for mine??!! All have loads of blooms on them. Although I’ve had to replace one I lost over winter; the same one that was blooming in December and then was caught out by snow :(
I just need the plants to start filling out now, I also sowed a lot of seeds here and many have germinated but due to lack of sun, they’re still small seedlings when really they ought to be blooming by now.
This is the first year I’ve had Day lilies, this one is doing OK although I assume it will not bloom this year. Again I’ve no idea which type it is as it was sold simply as being a Daylily. The other I bought isn’t doing as well because the Centaurea is now smothering it, and I’ve had to attempt to stake it back using old rose branches.
I like the variety of Erysimum I have in the front, and hope they get large soon to provide plenty of blooms for the Bees and Butterflies… I also like how the Meadow Clary has produced plenty of blooms. Previous experience with it is not so good, but it looks like these are doing well. Susan Williams-Ellis can also be seen to the left (the white is blown out)
This is the light blue Iris; I need to thin the area around them because they’re hidden by other plants at the moment. But I was well aware when I planted things late last year that they were not intended to stay there – grasses mainly.
For the first year, ever I might just actually be really pleased with the Buddleja border! I know, it’s amazing. For the past 4 years I’ve moaned seemingly constantly about this border but this year the cooler temperatures have kept things blooming much longer (FMNs still not quite gone yet) but also the Lupins I planted and some I grew from seed are doing well too and one even has a bloom developing!
Of course the dutch Irises have helped add some colour, but they’re in a small patch that I really need to dig over and start again on mainly due to couch grass invading that I need to get on top of before it takes over the entire border.
The Foxgloves are far more impressive this year; compared to last year when they barely managed to get to 3 foot because it was so dry. Of course we’ve also had the problem of them toppling over with all the rain and being top-heavy but also due to the winds.
Elder flowers are out, although I haven’t seen many insects on them – or the Pyracantha for that matter – one day I’d like to get round to using the blooms to make Elderflower juice!
Knautia Macedonica is currently being smothered, so I need to move it elsewhere – probably in the extension. I’m having this problem in a few areas and it’s probably due to all the rain we’ve had. Plants have become massive when typically there’d be no problem.
Ragged Robin is producing a nice little clump at the moment, but I’d like it in a more prominent spot where I can easily see it.
I’ve placed the plants in the extension of the border ready for some dry weather. Today was forecast to be a nice day but so far it’s grey and the sun isn’t drying the ground after yesterday’s rain.
Finally, White clover is in bloom but I don’t have the masses of Bees on it as I’d normally expect. I suspect the bees that visit these have struggled in the poor weather which is a massive shame as I normally expect the clover to be alive with them!
Wow, it really does feel like I have loads of Irises! Strange. Perhaps I’m starting to like them??!
This one is Caesar’s brother which doesn’t seem dark enough – at least according to photos on the net. I guess it’s possible I was sent the wrong thing.
Lavender is almost in bloom and I’m really impressed with just how many blooms I have on this one this year! Sanguisorba looks like it’s about to bloom, but I think it’s teasing me… it’s been like this for a couple of weeks now and I’m growing tired of waiting!!!
This Foxglove is a beast!!! It’s huge at almost 6 foot and its blooms are massive too. I’m unsure about the fact it starts cream and then turns pink… I’d hoped it would be a white one… there’s always next year!
I think it’s time to divide the Sea thrift as I’ve left it untouched for 4 years now and it would be nice to have more of it dotted around the border.
Poppy ‘garden gnome’ continues to impress me, and this morning it’s popped open a couple of white blooms! Very nice.
We’ll finish with Nigella blooms teasing me as they’ve sat there for a while now; a pair of Bullfinches that came in to feed with me only a couple of metres away. I heard their mournful call as I was about to step up onto the tier. Down I went to kneel in the wet grass and wait for them to come to feed. I had my macro lens in at the time so no close shots, but I was close enough that photos were OK regardless.
Another shot of Perry’s Blue Siberian Iris and the many buds of Monkshood. I think it is much later blooming this year but that may be due to me having moved it to a semi shade spot.