Lythrum salicaria is showing that it approves of all the moisture in the soil by doing better than ever. It should really be planted in the bog garden, maybe I will split half off and move it over in the autumn.
A golden leaved form of ? which is planted on the alpine scree where it gets the sharp drainage it demands, again, it has never flowered so well before. Sorry, can’t find a name for this one anywhere…help!
Perovskia always looks lovely at this time of year, a lovely shade of blue, the flowers keeping the bees happy for a long time.
Crocosmia Solfaterre is increasing nicely, it has khaki coloured leaves and soft yellow flowers.
One of the last Hemerocallis to flower. Lots of them in the garden, in different colours, they have been keeping the borders very colourful for a long time now.
Fuchsia Delta Sarah dancing merrily in the wind, this is hardy and forms a fairly large bush. The flowers are a nice change from the usual pink.
Another large hardy fuchsia, this time Whiteknight’s Blush absolutely covered in flowers.
The roses are covered in lovely big buds again, this one is Evelyn and has a fantastic perfume. The leaves of all the roses have suffered however in all this rain, have never known so much blackspot!
The bees certainly love Echinops ritro Taplow Blue when its in flower, always covered with them, as long as it isn’t raining!
A foxglove for the more sunny areas of the garden, I think this one may be Digitalis ferruginea, please let me know if it’s something else.
In deep shade at the back of the bog garden where the soil is much drier is Thalictrum aquilegifolium. Quite a tall plant but the little flowers are so pretty, dancing about on their long wiry stalks. The flowers show up so well against their dark background.
All the Hydrangeas have exceeded themselves this year with all the rain, they have certainly benefitted from it. Will be doing a post soon about them but in the meantime I am so pleased that this is the first year they haven’t needed watering, we are usually dashing out with buckets of water when the leaves are drooping straight down.
Crocosmia masoniorum is as big as Lucifer and starts flowering just as Lucifer goes over, lovely large flowers.
Verbascum chaixii arrived unanounced in the garden but is very welcome to stay, another one that the bees love.
Lysimachia effemerum has put out so many flowers this year, so much better than it usually is.
I think my favourite flower for July/August is Agapanthus. My blue ones are doing ever so well, increasing number of flowers each year, but my white ones only have one flower each, they were so much better last year, I wonder why?
The Kniphofia in the front border is doing better than usual, it contrasts with all the Agapanthus planted near it, in colour as well as the shape of the flower.
Lilies have done rather well this year, in spite of loads of lily beetle which got squashed and eggs wiped away from the leaves.
Lobelias are now flowering in the bog garden, well this purple one is doing nicely, my blue one doesn’t look very happy and the red Queen Victoria should be flowering soon.
Who planted this Rudbekia down by my greenhouse, I certainly didn’t! Lovely plant, but I will move it when it stops flowering.
My beautiful pot of lilies down near the entrance, they perfume the whole of the driveway, even the postman has commented.
I have never had Mahonia Charity flowering so early before, it is covered with masses of buds, just starting to open. I think the bush needs pruning back, it is getting rather large.
The flower buds on Eupatorium purpureum are almost open for the butterflies, we have had quite a few lately on all the buddleja, now it will be the eupatoriums turn.
Another lily scenting the border just by the back door, just step outside and sniff, if the wind is coming from the south, it is wonderful!
I’m so pleased with the bog garden and how the plants have developed since planting in the spring. The primulas have all been fantastic and I have now sown loads of their seeds so next year this border should be even better. All the rain means that I haven’t had to water my new plantings – every cloud has a silver lining. Now is the time for the Astilbes to shine, this one in the foreground is almost the same height as me!
Another area that I am pleased with is the bee and butterfly border, lots of super flowers for the visiting insects, not that we have had the weather for butterflies for a long time. Recently though it is a lot warmer and when we have a sunny day, the butterflies are everywhere. They seem quite frantic in their feeding and don’t stay still for very long, getting photographs of them is proving more difficult this year.
What would be lovely now is for the month of September to be warm, not too hot, dry and sunny so that we can catch up on all the jobs that we haven’t been able to do because of the rain, which has been so welcome in the garden. For once we have seen what the garden can look like when it has an abundance of water, flowers blooming everywhere, foliage so tall, it feels like a jungle in places, such lush growth everywhere, including all the weeds!!