Welcome to the club, Candle Light.

I know I’m probably tempting fate, but as the hydrangeas have been so good this year, with all the rain we have had, I’ve been and bought another one, this time Hydrangea paniculata Candle Light.

Hydrangea paniculata Candle Light.

Hydrangea paniculata Candle Light.

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GBFD. August.

This is the time of the month when our thoughts turn to the foliage in the garden. Sometimes it doesn’t just form a green backdrop to all the flowers of summer, quite often they are the points of interest themselves.

Heuchera and hosta.

Heuchera and hosta.

Heucheras and hostas make a lovely contrast, the hosta is Canadian Blue and the Heuchera  h.Marmalade showing the change of colours as autumn approaches.

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GBBD August. Welcome rain.

I can’t believe that August is half way through. We have had quite a bit of rain followed by sunshine, on and off all month, which has meant that flowers are blooming everywhere. Quite often August is a dry month and the garden suffers, plants stop flowering, going over much faster than usual, but this year all the rain has been such a benefit, especially for the Hydrangers which have been providing colour for about 2 months now. I watched the weather forecast and quickly took my photos a couple of days ago, I’m really glad I did as  we had non stop rain through the night and most of yesterday.

Hydrangea under the kitchen window.

Hydrangea under the kitchen window.

I think this one is H. macrophylla Mdme Emile Mouillere and has been wonderful clothing the wall at the front of the house.  The pink mophead hydrangea in the distance is by the front door, at the top of the drive.

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Jade plums and butterfly leaves.

Yesterday I was summer pruning the fruit trees up at the top of the garden, hopefully forming fruiting spurs ready for next year. All the little trees are of the Minarette variety, a long slender trunk which is then has its side shoots clipped tightly to the fence behind, this way we have a little orchard which takes up very little room.

Victoria plums.

Victoria plums.

The first fruit I noticed after cutting away loads of foliage, were the Victoria plums, hanging there like a huge bunch of grapes made out of jade.

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Singing the Blues.

There are three areas in the garden where interest is being held by all the blue flowers that there are. It doesn’t seem to matter what the neighbouring colours are, yellow, orange, pink or white, blue goes with them all.

Mop headed Hydrangea.

Mopheaded Hydrangea.

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EOMV July. The field border.

Two areas that I have replanted recently are now starting to look like I envisaged. There is still a long way to go with both of them, but already they are an improvement on what was there before. The border by the field next door was the first of the two areas to be redone and I will start with the left hand section.

Start of the border by the field.

Start of the border by the field.

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Lackadaisical Lucifer!

Crocosmia Lucifer is playing his usual game in the month of July. In the spring, his foliage bursts through the soil and makes quite a statement with its sword shaped spears. But this doesn’t give you any indication of what will follow in July. Up come the flowers and it is the main focal point of the garden for about a month. It seems that no matter where you are in the garden, no matter what you are doing, it is this beast that draws the eye.

Crocosmia Lucifer

Crocosmia Lucifer

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July GBFD. We need rain!

Rain keeps getting forecast, but it seems to miss us most of the time, we can see the rain clouds over Dartmoor, but they hardly ever reach our village! The garden is looking a bit dry in places, but we are  holding  back on watering because once we start, the plants will expect it. Hydrangeas and Rhododendrons are still looking just about ok, these are usually the first ones to show a lack of water.

Acer palmatum Shindeshojo

Acer palmatum Shindeshojo

My new little Acer (yes, this does get watered once a week as it is new!) now has a variety of coloured foliage. Most of the leaves have now turned green, or are in the process of turning green, but all the new growth is still coming through red. This little tree has certainly grown since I planted it. Continue reading

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Great Weston Ride.

Today was the day that the family has been working towards for some time now. The Great Weston Ride is from Bristol to Weston Super Mare,  57 miles,  raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK.  Our daughter and family between them have raised over £890 in sponsorship and when tax from Gift Aid is added, it will be well over £1,000, well done guys, fantastic effort!

At the finish line!

At the finish line!

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July is busting out all over! GBBD .

With all the hot weather that we have been having, everything seems to be flowering at once, but in the heat, plants are going over faster than normal and I seem to spend most of my time deadheading to keep the borders looking presentable. Thank goodness the weather this week is cooler for the plants and me.

Clematis Pagoda

Clematis Pagoda

This clematis has done ever so well this year, I’ve never known it to have so many flowers before.

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