GBBD – July 2012 and Flower Friday
A very late bloom day post from me… oh well. No excuses really other than being busy. Not that it makes any difference though as all it’s done is rain. But I hear we’re in for a 4 day summer over the weekend and into next week! Sorry I just don’t have the motivation to get excited any more. This summer really has been a shocker.
There’s no real change since I last updated, however the Shasta Daisies, Veronicastrum and Veronica are all out and for the first time in 5+ years my Agapanthus is about to bloom. I bought it so long ago that I’ve now no idea of its name as it’s remained largely ignored because it’s never bloomed for me.
It’s quite a surprise considering they prefer dry conditions and yet in this very wet spring and summer it’s decided to bloom?? I’d almost given up hope on it ever blooming as each year it has produced a good amount of leaves and subsequently disappointed me.
The sanguisorba has almost finished blooming sadly, I do have some cut in a vase at the moment so I’m able to enjoy its airy grace indoors. Tuberous Thistle is almost blooming, they’ve grown very large this year thanks to the rain and are looking a little crowded…
Ann Folkard has had a good year (well, good for her anyway), perhaps she likes wet feet and all this rain has certainly pleased her! This is the first year with Corncockles in my garden and I hope to have them next year too, as they are very pretty…
The Garden Gnome Poppies are almost finished – the rain continues to ruin their pretty blooms, the flies seem to enjoy the Astrantia and along with the rain and boom in Slugs and snails there also seems to be masses of flies!
Wild Raspberries in the hedge are forming, although their fruits are never as perfect as those of shop-bought specimens. I wonder how they managed to breed them to resemble today’s fruit?
Here we can see exactly why I’ve been bringing the roses in… Gertrude is looking rather damaged but at least the petals inside are still beautiful. There’s also an unknown vermilion red rose; I can’t confess to liking this colour, but it was here when we moved in and I haven’t yet removed it – may never do so.
I don’t remember the name of this Salvia in the front border… I must have it noted somewhere but I suspect it was an impulse buy and it was only a small specimen (it might be ‘nemorosa). It’s done well though and I’m thrilled that it hasn’t been desecrated by the snails/slugs. Susan Williams-Ellis looks stunning too, it’s just a shame her blooms aren’t very large.
Finally I have some interesting poppies blooming in the front garden… Although I am disappointed that the poppy seeds I collected from my parents last year don’t seem to have grown; they were lovely pom pom pink poppies and I’d wanted them to contast with these deeper purple, Blackcurrant Fizz poppies and the Salvias.
This photo of Salvia ‘Caradonna’ and Festuca is deceptive; the Festuca has taken on a reddish hue to its stems, and I can’t quite decide whether it clashes with the reddish hue of the Salvia… meanwhile the Corkscrew Rush is blooming with the light pink Lavender.
More of these unknown little chrysanthemum type blooms have popped up and I still love the blooms of this Erysimum which open orange and gradually turn purple. The centaurea has become massive this year, and of course the insects love its blooms. The slugs and snails have attacked it but it’s large enough not to really notice!
And that, kiddies is all for now. I will try to enjoy this promised weekend of summer and we’ll see what happens next week.
So far I don’t think I’ve done any real gardening since March. It’s depressing, although largely things have fended for themselves and got on with it. The biggest frustration is probably that I’ve been unable to relocate the various plants I’d planned to.