Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – July 2013
Ok, who stole this year? I’m not happy, not happy at all. I want the past six months back please.
This month things will be a little different, that is to say the Geums have pretty much finished blooming.
For the time being.
They’ll soon be putting up more blooms though, so don’t get too excited.
However, this of course does mean a shift in colours for bloom day. In fact the recent warm weather has shortened the bloom times of many, so I’m in a lull at the moment whilst I wait for new flushes of colour after dead-heading Lupins, Geum and Salvia. It’s also been quite dry for a bit and I’ve noticed yellow leaves here and there as plants struggle and are beginning to look autumnal. But it’s far too early for that, surely?
Actually, no it isn’t. Just a couple of weeks and we’re in August!
The Helenums are close to blooming, and the Sedum are close on its heels. Oddly enough the Veronica is very late in blooming, both of my varieties are late.
One good thing to come from the hot weather we’ve had for the past few weeks are the roses… Lots, and they’re all gorgeous. No blemishes in sight, thanks to no rain for a while. We’ll not mention the fact it’s too hot and I’d like a bit of rain now.
This year the aphids seem to be leaving the Yarrow alone, instead they’re attacking the Geum… At least the Geum is easier to get to, so I can get rid of them.
The rose photo is a little misleading, there are plenty in the front garden, all the bushes are full of flowers, and it’s looking very pretty.
The Aster border is in a transition stage before the Persicaria takes over and combines with the orange/yellow of Helenium. I’ve been looking forward to this combo since last year!
Geum in the right border are almost finished, these photos are around a week old, so many are gone now. I’ve dead-headed them so hopefully we’ll see more colour later in the year as I’m not sure what will be left once the Salvia, Geum and Delphiniums finish… I’ll struggle for colour and interest other than Rudbekia. Time for me to cut things back, at the moment I can’t get to rose ‘Harlow Carr’ because everything has overgrown so I can’t dead-head it for more blooms.
The Delphiniums have lasted well this year, the whites are only just opening in the Aster border, just as these two are now beginning to die. When I move, I won’t be mixing gentian blue with the purple and orange… Although that being said, the blue does work well with the Geum.
Please pop along to: May dreams gardens for more mid-month bloom day posts.