End of Month – June 2013
Hard to believe it’s July already, I’m unsure where the year is going, but I am enjoying it. The weather has been exponentially better than last summer, and still a nice mix of rain and sun. Enough rain to keep things happy, enough sun to keep them happy and not too hot that the blooms are over in mere days rather than weeks.
Last year I decided not to have any of the purple Foxgloves this year, the whites don’t seem to self seed or don’t come true when they do… So I sowed some ‘Apricot’ seeds that came with an issue of Garden’s Illustrated… What a waste of time, they’re purple just like the normal ones and stumped, with few blooms. Guess it pays to stick to the robust wild ones, after all they’re such prolific seeders for a reason.
Harlow Carr is dwarfed by Thistles, in the foreground is tuberous thistle, I moved some of it to give the rose more space but it’s still managing to crowd it. A lesson for the future.
Yes those are Nettles with the Iris, I grow a smallish patch so I have Commas and such laying eggs. Of course I have to try to keep them to a minimum because Nettles are very good at taking over… I just wish the Irises would fill out and produce more blooms.
The Tiers are quiet at this time of year, especially now the spring plants have finished in the Cherry border… The Upper Tier will soon come to life as Gertrude Jekyll has her first blooms and Geranium Orion adds some colour, Veronicastrum Virginicum Fascination will be the next to bloom and then the Asters later in the year. The Elder in the back corner is laden with flowers this year; plus, it’s HUGE now.
The right border is the star of the show at the moment…. There’s just so much going on. The lower end of the border however is past its best now the Alliums have finished. I plan to make some room and add some grasses to provide lower level interest when viewed from the deck.
Most of the colour and interest in the right border is the top end… I think you’ve all seen enough photos from this side already. But now the Salvias are in bloom and Delphiniums are opening, it’s adding yet another twist to the colour combinations. The only mistake so far really is Delphinum ‘Gentian Blue’, ‘Rose’ goes nicely with the other purples but the blue ought to be elsewhere.
The Buddleja border is a nice surprise this year! I love the purples and white, but also add into that the lime green of Lady’s Mantle Blooms makes for a nice palette. The red Lupin and Hosta are out of place though.
The Aster border hasn’t quite got there yet, and with the Feverfew taking over, it makes for a very solid and full border. Normally I have a path going exactly where the white blooms are and round the back of the Flat-topped Aster out the other side. The Feverfew makes for nice cut blooms in vases though so slowly I’ll chop them away so I can get into the Persicaria, Iris and Helenum (also, there’s random Teasle that’s popped up right at the front of the path. No idea where it’s come from as I’ve never had Teasels before). The eagle-eyed of you may spot the Shasta Daisies to the far right of the top right photo. I’ve had to stake the mess up as the slightest bit of rain floors them and they never come back up. I’m actually at the point where I hate the plant now and will stick to the Ox-eye Daisies instead.
Finally, the front garden… Geranium heads need cutting off and some leaves chopped for fresh growth, but now we’re moving towards the Salvias, Asters and Crocosmia. I found a lonely little Snapdragon blooming under the rose… I have never sown Snapdragon seeds.
This weekend I spotted my first Cinnabar moth. Just as I’d lamented that I haven’t seen any but have loads of Ragwort this year!
I’ll be a little quiet this week unless I get some posts scheduled, I’m off to Wales for a few days, and lucky for me the weather is due to be rubbish. Go me. Even better, is it’s going to be nice and warm the day we leave.