Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – July 2014
It’s been very dry here for a few weeks now, Saturday evening I had to water the garden after noticing plants drooping. We’d been promised rain repeatedly, but it just hasn’t arrived – unless you count a few drops – so the garden really needed some help. As it happened, we did then receive some rain later on Saturday, but I don’t think it was enough to well water everything so I’m still glad I watered the garden too.
The garden is still moving on quite nicely, although we’re hitting a slight lull in blooms; most apparently missing are the Yarrow and Ragworts this year… two plants I never thought I’d lose, and also two plants that really I don’t take much notice of as they’re generally fillers I hadn’t realised just how important they are. On Saturday I attempted to buy some Yarrow, but couldn’t find any… I’m not surprised as I realise it’s quite late and I was just hopeful. I wish I’d noticed sooner so I could’ve replaced them.
I guess really, I’m worried and lamenting the loss of the flutters, which normally love both. Will they still visit regardless?? We’ll have to wait and see.
Because I’m trying not to buy plants for the garden, I’ve turned towards pots and attempting to dress the outside of the house. I found some cute little dahlias in a tray, which were originally £7.50 but reduced to £1.50. Oh go on then.
If you insist.
So I came home for a few trays, plus some 50p Pelargoniums. Never a fan of smelly geraniums, but for that price I figured it was criminal not to.
The below pots were planted a while ago, sadly the Petunia isn’t doing too well, but adds colour regardless. In the pots I’ve also added plants I want to take with me such as seedlings or even Dierama to add height. The Lobelias were all happy surprises, after seeds fell from hanging baskets into the Dierama pots. In fact, I think the Viola is also a self-seeder. Those of you with eagle-eyes may have also noticed the Clematis in the right pot. Still only a small, as it was bought as a plug plant, I hope it survives. Finally, and somewhat amazingly, the white nemesia is years old. I think I bought it almost 4 years ago now, but just keeps coming back and has a lovely vanilla scent. I hadn’t realised they can sometimes be hardy…
Fresh Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is stunning. I almost forget just how gorgeous is, but thanks to strict dead-heading I now have more blooms.
Is it really almost late summer???? Oh my! Time for the Heleniums has arrived.
Spires, I love spires.
Astilbes in the front garden are very nice this year, the white one last year sulked after being moved and only produced a couple of blooms. Thankfully this year it’s back.
I think this year is by far the best year for the Lavenders…. Very nice indeed.
Salvia ‘hot lips’ is in a pot by the front door, the other plants with it died over winter, so I recently bought a lime green Nicotiana and a red Nicotiana to go with it… I think they work well together.
Time for the surprise of the month…
A few days ago I noticed lily-like buds in the front path… Ok, no surprise for many of you. But I had given up on the day lilies years ago. Every year they’re desecrated by slugs and snails. I hadn’t even bothered to see if they’d survived this year.
So, I’ve watched its bud swell, then colour-up and finally this morning it opened.
I had no idea what colour it would be as a) I forgot and b) and pretty certain it was labelled only as being Hemerocallis and the image on the tag had yellow, orange and red flowers.