End of Month – July 2013
It’s been quite a month, lots of heat, not much rain and then suddenly for the past week or so more rain than I care to remember and even I’m beginning to feel down as memories of last summer creep in. I don’t mind rain, but a week of it is wearing me down.
Most of the Ragwort has ended up lying on the floor, a catastrophe for the Cinnabar caterpillars, especially as there’s nothing I can do, they look a mess and really I need to chop/pull them out. Also, I fear many caterpillars have been washed off in the heavy, thundery rain. I can’t have Ragwort lying around the garden when I want to sell… We’ll see.
Anyway, the right border may no longer be a mixture of orange and purple, but there is still a little interest. Mainly high up though with the Tuberous Thistle blooming, but more Geum blooms are on the way, and the Salvias should bloom again too. I think I need a little something to fill the lulls.
Sedum has the very first hint of pink, Veronicastrum has been heavily leaning over this year, I think first it was due to the dry conditions, then due to the rain. I’ve never really experienced this before… clearly they need staking in future.
The Aster border… well, what a riot of colour this year! I’m not sure if I’m grateful for the Ragwort seeding itself or not. I think this border atm is fun. And not at all my usual colour scheme. And here I thought I was really pushing the boat out last year having red AND orange. Well, now I have everything.
Please try to ignore the Shasta Daisies on the right. They really, REALLY annoy me, even after being staked they’re tumbling over. Thing is though, the Butterflies and Bees love them. I don’t think I’ll have them in the next garden though… regardless.
Now the Astilbes are blooming in the front garden it’s much brighter. This area has been quiet for a few weeks, but the Astilbes and Lady’s Mantle help to perk it up a little. I do like how it’s filling in though now.
Although perhaps the sickly pink isn’t quite to my taste, it really does go a long way to adding interest in an area that receives no direct sunlight, at all.
Here we have a little bit of everything, made for another post I never got round to writing. So we’ll focus mainly on Salvia ‘hot lips’, Coreopsis and Verbena. All of these are in pots around the front steps. Hot lips and Coreopsis are together in a clashing, or garish mixture; actually I think they look OK(??) and Verbena is with bidens in another pot. I couldn’t leave the pots empty, not when I want to sell. They’re full of spring bulbs, which obviously have gone over and left, sad, dead pots in their wake, which I think many people wouldn’t understand/forgive.