The garden is getting into Party Mode.

Trees and shrubs are starting to change into their party clothes before finishing for the year. Colours are emerging so much earlier than they usually do, a good month ahead of the last few years. Some trees and shrubs though are still very green, so hopefully all the lovely colours of autumn will last longer than usual.

My favourite at the moment is my little Acer palmatum disectum which has been purple since spring, now it is the most beautiful pink/red and really stands out in the gravel garden at the back.

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Looking good at the moment.

Some of the garden is still looking stressed after our really hot, dry summer, but in certain areas there are delights to be found, plants that are doing really well, or even doing much better than usual. The first is my Amelanchier lamarckii which I must have planted at least 20 years ago as a very small tree.

Amelanchier lamarckii, at its best yet.

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Time to mow.

I decided it was time to mow my mini meadow the other day, but because of its small size,  it is a strimmer that is used to cut the grass back. I liked the way it looked with its grass of different lengths, but the flowers had stopped flowering in all the heat and it was time to try and get it back to being a lawn again.

I also like the shapes and shadows formed by the taller grass.

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At last, something positive.

Having spent all summer trying to keep my garden alive, at last I have something positive to write about. It has been difficult carrying water round the garden, so eventually I just watered the pots and any recent planting which I did in May, which I wouldn’t have planted if I’d known what sort of summer we were to have. The garden was left to cope and only plants that were obviously under stress got watered. The result was that some plants coped very well indeed, but most stopped flowering to conserve their energy, which made for a rather boring garden, hence no posts for a while.

Suddenly the woodland floor is covered with masses of Cyclamen hederifolium.

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Is it still July…….

…….Or can I be forgiven for thinking that it looks like November?

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One man went to mow…….

But not yet for a while. Any mowing will be done at the end of August, by which time the grass will be a lot longer and I’ll have had a lot more different flowers in my tiny meadow.

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July 2018. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

I felt that there wouldn’t be much to photograph for this month’s Bloom Day due to the drought and heat that we have been experiencing for the last few months. Our “green and pleasant land” is only as it is because of all the rain we experience throughout the year. Not this year though, we haven’t had any sizeable showers since the beginning of May and the temperatures have just kept rising to the low 30C which is much hotter than we usually have.

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Reaching for the sky.

Really, I don’t think they’re reaching any more, they’ve got there! I’m talking about my 2 huge climbing roses, Rosa Mulligani which was planted shortly after we moved here and Rosa Wedding Day which was planted to mark our daughter’s wedding. Last year R. Wedding Day hadn’t quite reached the top of the old ash tree, but this morning I noticed a gleam of white right at the top and there it was, basking in the beautiful morning sunlight with a brilliant blue sky behind it.

Lower down the white flowers seem to glow in the dark shade.

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Everything is coming up Roses.

Well almost everything. June is the month for roses and they are billowing everywhere. There are lots of other plants flowering as well, but the roses in most of the borders are stealing the show.

The rose garden is suddenly flowering on all cylinders with hardy geraniums in between.

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EOM View, a little late.

All through May, I have been working hard in the bog garden, the weeds had taken hold last year and were winning the battle. I had to be totally blinkered while weeding, not to get distracted by anything else, just get my head down and weed, weed, weed as the candelabra primulas and other plants were starting to flower. At last I have done it and I can now show you the result. Of course I should have taken “before” photos, but forgot.

The ferns on the left had spread so much that they had completely covered 2 lovely large hostas, they were rescued and the ferns removed from the front of the border. The variegated iris will be moved further back when they have finished flowering, to make room for more primulas which I will sow from seed.

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