Thank goodness, we have now had some rain and the garden is looking a lot better for it. After such a long hot, dry spell with temperatures much higher than they should have been, the plants and I are much happier. The ground was rock hard so no weeding could be done, I have no excuse now! Wandering around yesterday, taking photos for today, I was impressed at how well the plants had coped without any rain, it must be my heavy clay soil! I’ll start again with my Yucca which is the star of the garden at the moment, but this one is on the other side of the steps onto the lawn at the side. This yucca has stayed as one plant, unlike the other which has split into 3.
My yucca glows with the sun behind it, you certainly can’t miss it when you come out of the back door.
Hardy Fuchsia Delta Sarah is well into her stride now, she keeps on flinging out long arms which I have to prune back so that I can get along the path, I had no idea that she was such a big girl!
Another hardy fuchsia is Whiteknight’s Blush which is much daintier and never a problem!
Perovskia is spreading too much and must be moved, but I will have to wait until it has finished flowering.
The perfume from the honeysuckle on the arbour in the back garden, greets me each morning when I come to water the pots in the early in the day.
This is my favourite of the tender fuchsias that I have in pots in the gravel garden in the back.
Also climbing over the arbour in the back is a Golden Hop. I think thismust bes a male plant as the flowers don’t form the lovely hops that I was hoping for.
Day lilies are coming to an end now, they have been wonderful for the whole of July. Heat they say, what heat!
Crocosmias masonorum has lovely large flowers and is a welcome addition to the July garden.
Crocosmia Lucifer is coming to an end, I must move some of these corms to the front border as they are spreading too far by the pond.
Rosa Charlotte has also shrugged off the heat and lack of rain and just continued flowering, a beautiful rose.
Rosa The Dark Lady is the same, she has just carried on flowering, ignoring what was going on around her and she is still covered with more buds.
The blue lacacap hydrangea next to her is also covered with flowers but they are half the size that they normally are, due no doubt to the lack of rain and lack of attention from the gardener!
Geranium Rozanne is sprawling and flopping through the plants around her, the wild crocosmia or montbretia contrasts nicely.
Other hydrangeas have coped very well without any rain or watering, they flopped a bit this last week but soon perked up when the rain came.
This hydrangea by the front door also has the added problem that it is in the rain shadow of the house, however it seems to like being in deep shade all day until the evening.
Japanese anemones mean autumn to me, I’m not ready for autumn yet, to me it is still summer!
Agapanthus are flowering through the driveway border, there are blue……
…….and white ones.
Alongside is a red hot poker, Kniphofia, which isn’t red, but yellow. Must get a couple more to join it and brighten up the border a bit more.
Butterflies are busy fluttering around the garden and enjoying all sorts of flowers planted especially for them. This is a Comma butterfly on the buddlia
named because of the small white mark on the underside of the wing which is just like a comma.
Hope you enjoyed your wander through the garden with me. I think that it is amazing that plants can carry on without any fussing when the weather is far more extreme than usual. I have already done one session of weeding and the weeds are sliding out beautifully from the softened soil, it has been a real pleasure……..must go and do some more!