July foliage GBFD, 2016.

Our heatwave is over – thank goodness! My plants and I were wilting before the rain and lower temperatures came and rescued us both. The air is now so much fresher and plants are once again standing proud and looking happy!

Phormium Yellow Wave.

Phormium Yellow Wave.

Looking through the photos that I have taken for today’s post, it has dawned on me that a lot of them are evergreens, these are the leaves that are still looking good in spite of all the unexpected heat that we have had recently.

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Makeover for the gravel garden.

The gravel area, tucked away at the back of the house, next to the hedge between us and next door, was looking the worse for wear and was in desperate need of a makeover. Up until now, it has mainly been planted with foliage plants with various textures, shapes and colours. The weeds this year were everywhere and had rather taken over. I should have taken photos before I started weeding, but forgot, or maybe I was too ashamed to show how awful it was!

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July Abundance GBBD.

It was a difficult decision which flowers to chose for this month’s Bloom Day, as there is so much flowering in the garden at the moment.We have had quite a lot of rain during June and July,  which has made the flowers grow rather tall, now we have hot sunshine which some of them appreciate more than others.

Zantedeschia beside the alpine scree, the rain water all soaks down to where I have planted this.

Zantedeschia beside the alpine scree, the rain water all soaks down to where I have planted this. Even so, this plant is only half the size of the one in the bog garden.

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Celebrations in the air!

We have an Ash tree in the back garden which has a rose and a clematis climbing up in amongst the branches. The Montana clematis flowers mainly in June and was planted to mark our son’s wedding quite a few years ago. It hasn’t climbed as high as I had hoped, but there is still time.

Part of the clematis has flopped onto the Philadelphus in front.

Part of the clematis has flopped onto the Philadelphus in front.

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Little and Large.

One minute we have large birds fighting over the feeders and the next there is so much twittering from one of the smallest birds that we have here, well, they would be if they didn’t have such long tails!   First to visit this morning was a magpie, very smart in his black and white suit with a flash of blue.

Magpie.

Magpie.

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Raindrops keep falling!

We have had so much rain over the last couple of weeks, sometimes torrential, sometimes just a light sprinkling with sun in between the showers. One morning when I was up nice and early, the raindrops were twinkling in the sunshine like diamonds, every shrub, leaf and flower was bedecked so I thought I would try and capture some.

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Berberis.

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A mixed bag for June.

This post is mainly an update on various recent posts, starting with our family of Great Spotted Woodpeckers. It didn’t take long for the youngster to learn how to feed from the peanut feeder, now there is no stopping him/her, it is there nearly all day long!

Young Gt. Spotted Woodpecker

Young Gt. Spotted Woodpecker

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Meconopsis Blue!

For over a month now we have been seeing the beautiful blue of Meconopsis flowers in the borders. All the plants are new this year, some grown from seed, some new hybrids bought from specialist growers which formed part of last year’s Christmas present from himself, the undergardener! The first to flower were Meconopsis baileyi, formerly M. betonicifolia.

Showing just enough blue to tempt me out of the house to investigate.

Showing just enough blue to tempt me out of the house to investigate.

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Foliage in June 2016.

Once again , it is the time of the month when Christina asks us to have a look at the foliage in the garden, rather than the flowers. It has been difficult to photograph the foliage without flowers creeping into the photos, there are so many of them, I did try to avoid them.

I like to go for combinations of different foliage, hosta with ferns and astilbe.

I like to go for combinations of different foliage, hosta with ferns and astilbe.

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I spoke too soon.

The other day, having said that we hadn’t seen the young woodpecker at the feeder, just 15 minutes after publishing my post, there it was being fed by it’s Dad.

Dad was very busy feeding the youngster.

Dad was very busy feeding the youngster.

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