So far, August has been a bit mixed, weatherwise. We have had lots of hot sunshine but just a small amount of gentle rain which really hasn’t been enough to keep the garden looking happy or the water butts filled. Yesterday it was raining, thank goodness, we will just have to wait and see if it makes a difference.
The daylilies from the previous post are now coming to an end, the roses are reblooming and late summer flowers are opening up ready for the bees and butterflies. I’ll start with a view of the top of the garden, Crocosmia Lucifer is passed it’s best now, but still catches the eye.
The border up the driveway, our Bee and Butterfly border, is providing plenty of nourishment for our visitors and on sunny days is non stop fluttering and buzzing.
Kniphofia provides nectar for the butterflies, it’s fascinating watching a butterfly putting it’s long proboscis down each tube on the flowerhead.
Agapanthus was planted for the bees to crawl into and the rudbeckia at the back is for the butterflies, although the bees love that too.
Sorry about my hand in the photo, it was rather windy, so I had to hold the flower still. This Buff tailed Bumble Bee is enjoying the flowers on the Verbena bonariensis.
Some hydrangeas are doing well in spite of the lack of rain. Annabelle here is in the rain shadow of the house and survives in very dry soil, others are looking very stressed, where they are planted near our huge trees which must take all the available water.
Doing quite a good job of disguising the huge water butt on the side of the house is Clematis Blue Angel. I must spread it out a bit more when it first starts to grow in the spring, then we might get better cover.
Anthemis tinctoria has been flowering for ages and will carry on until November as long as I remember to dead head it, super plant for the bees.
Pink Buddleia with a tortoiseshell butterfly, since all the buddleia bushes have been flowering, the number of butterflies in the garden has increased tenfold, it is so wonderful to see them all fluttering around.
Lilium longiflorum flowers are nearly out, another couple of days and there will be the most amazing perfume wafting around the driveway.
Rosa Geoff Hamilton is now flowering again as are most of the other roses, they had a break while we were having our heatwave, but are now back into flowering mode once more.
Rosa Charlotte on her second flowering. This was bought from David Austin Roses one year when we were passing. It was in tight bud and was bought as Charles Renee Mackintosh (pink/lilac) when the flowers opened the first time I rang them and told them it was the wrong colour. I was told it would be Charlotte, they are next to each other on the cutting and potting bench. A replacement was sent straight away with their apologies and I was told to keep Charlotte, super customer service!
Rosa Gertrude Jekyll always receives plenty of complements when we have visitors, the perfume is absolutely wonderful.
One of the last daylilies that have been filling the garden with colour through July into August.
It is wonderful to have our Cardoon back again, for the last few years it has been overshadowed by a conifer and we thought we had lost it. It is still not back to its former size yet but even so, the bees are still enjoying wallowing in the purple pollen.
The lilies are almost over now, just these Lilium speciosum rubrum, which should flower for some time and L longiflorum which are just opening on the drive.
A small tree or shrub is Hypericum prolificum, mine has been pruned as a small tree so that I can plant underneath. The flowers are very small indeed, but there are thousands of them!
Clematis Perle d’Azur is climbing up the pergola which goes through from the garden up to the fruit and vegetables. It climbs up through a white rose, but the rose is taking a rest at the moment.
Acanthus mollis is still providing an upright contrast to the arching crocosmia near it, even when the white flower parts are over, they still looks good and are enjoyed by the bees.
Filipendula rubra flowering in the bog garden, it is really the pink version of our meadowsweet and enjoys the really wet soil that we have in this area.
Astilbes have been flowering for such a long time now, they really provide a good splash of colour in the bog garden for a few months.
Lacecap Hydrangeas are just opening up and this one to the left of the pergola is such a lovely shade of blue.If you look at the flower on the top right you will see a white spider, but it seems to be lying on its back having a rest!
A surprise Campanula seedling has popped up in the alpine scree, I don’t know where it has come from as it is totally different from any other campanula that I have. I wonder if it will stay at 6 inches tall.
Perovskia is one of my favourite plants, such a lovely shade of blue and it seems happy at the back of the alpine scree. I must take some cuttings and try it in other places.
When I sit in the shade in the back garden (when we had the heatwave I was there a lot) the covering to the arbour is formed by this honeysuckle. The perfume at the moment is glorious each morning when I first go out and in the evening too.
My white buddleia is just starting to flower, this one and the one on the other side of the path, have such a powerful perfume, no wonder then, when fully out, they are covered in butterflies.
I feel autumn isn’t far away when the cyclamen start flowering, so far it is only the pink variety of Cyclamen hederifolium that I have found, no white ones yet.
The little mexican daisy, Erigeron karvinskianus, is going from strength to strength, we have so much of it now popping up between the flagstones where they are laid on sand, the conditions must suit them.
Fennel by the back door is coming to the end of its flowering, it never seems to be without an insect of some variety.
The climber Teachelospermum asiaticum was bought as T.jasminoides, but I think mine may be T. asiaticum, as it is more cream than white, maybe someone who knows the difference can tell me please? This is on the pergola up near the top of the garden and the fantastic perfume stops you in your tracks each time you pass.
That is a roundup of what is flowering in the garden here at the moment. Thanks must go to Carol at Maydreams Garden for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day once more, do pay her a visit to see what is blooming round the rest of the world.