Some of the foliage in the garden has started to take on autumnal tints, but I am not ready for autumn yet! This first one is a photo of the leaves of Geranium Spinners
Lamium orvala is getting redder and redder as the weeks go by.
Mahonia Charity has taken on some beautiful hues, whether this is as a result of all the rain, I don’t know, but it looks beautiful.
Such a beautiful pale blue on the leaves of this Elymus which is now starting to seed gently around the garden. The grasses don’t seen fazed by all the rain.
Pheasant tail grass, or as I knew it, Stipa arundinacea, but now goes by another name which I can’t find at the moment. This seeds around rather too much for my liking but is easy to pull out where not wanted.
These Rhododendron leaves are showing where the white covering on the new leaves is being washed off by our persistent rain.
If the leaves are turned over, you will find that some of them are covered with a lovely surface of felt/velvet, called indumentum, which are tiny hairs.
Usually by now, Darmera peltata has collapsed in a heap through lack of moisture. It was already here when we moved here and it has been planted in ordinary soil. It is a bog plant and should be in much wetter soil, but it copes. This year it is showing me how it should be if only it had plenty of moisture all the time. I have tried moving it a couple of times but it has its massive roots under rocks so I think it will have to stay where it is.
This fern was only bought this year when we visited Bowden Hostas and it seems to be enjoying its new home. Carrot Fern is the common name of Onychium japonicum and it contrasts nicely with the hostas around it.
Miscanthus variegatus is still making it impossible for me to walk round the far side of the pond, maybe I ought to have it in a corset? The yellow daisy flower in the background is Inula helenium, it grows to about 10ft!
Sorry, don’t know the name of this large succulent, bought it one year when the garden was open to the public for a focal point in a border, each year now I wonder where to put it as it is getting bigger and bigger. Moving it into the conservatory each winter is becoming more and more of a problem.
Good old Stipa gigantea really comes into its own when the sun eventually shines.
Miscanthus sinensis Strictus has horizontal bands of yellow, makes a change from all the vertical stripes. This was bought as Zebrinus but as this one is so upright I think it must be Strictus.
Now to the downside to all our rain. Most of the plants have responded by growing twice as tall, forming twice as many flowers, it has been wonderful. But there are a couple of plants that are decidedly not happy. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has killed a house plant through overwatering and I’m sure this has happened to this variegated Weigela. The left half looks as if it is dying with just a shoot on the right which seems ok. Might have to try cutting it all back to see if it shoots again next year or do I just wait, do let me know what you think.
The honeysuckle over the arbour in the back garden was supposed to provide shade from the sunshine ( ha ha) its just as well it wasn’t needed because it has dropped most of its leaves and the flowers are pathetic.
Here’s a closer look at the bare stems, usually at this time of year the perfume from this corner of the garden is amazing, nothing this year unfortunately and there should be so many leaves to protect us from the damaging sun. We shouldn’t be seeing bare stems like this until winter, will it survive, who knows, will just have to wait and see with fingers crossed. Water does drain down to this part of the garden so the poor honeysuckle was probably sitting in water for days on end earlier in the year. Bog plants can cope with excessive water but the rest need oxygen getting to their roots or they will die.
I will finish with a photo of lush foliage, my favourite of this lot, Pontaderia, in the pond. In a few weeks this will have small blue poker like flowers, but it was the sun shining through the paddle like leaves that caught my eye.
The foliage this summer has been lush, huge and jungle like in places. We have had to cut back so many times where paths have become obstructed with plants flopping over them. Having so much rain, I think there are bound to be casualties, we will have to wait and see. I think the benefits to the garden certainly outweigh the deficiencies and would say, yes, we certainly need rain, but maybe not so much all at one time!
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