I’m late, I know, sorry, but we have been having the most wonderful time with our extended family over the last week. The 70th birthday celebrations which started in May with my husband’s 70th, then mine in June, have eventually come to an end. This last week we have had a big family “do” which included my nephew and his family over from Canada. For a few of nights we were sleeping 13! six were in a tent in the garden and seven in the house, at times it was chaotic but really wonderful, I enjoyed every minute of it. Back to earth now and I must catch up with all your blogs and gardens.
I was thinking that there wouldn’t be much foliage to photograph for this months foliage day as it has been so dry and hot, most of the plants were looking very sorry for themselves, but I managed to find some that were coping really well in the conditions that were right for them.
Crocosmia Lucifer leaves backlit by the sun.
This is the rodgersia which last month had beautiful pleated bronze leaves.
All the hostas are still doing fine, blackbirds and thrushes are keeping the slugs at bay.
Still enough water in the pond to keep Pontederia happy, we have been topping the pond up as it was getting rather low.
Bowles golden sedge brings a splash of yellow to the side of the pond.
Contrasting foliage in the pond itself. The water soldier needs thinning, it is starting to cover too much of the water.
The variegated iris at the back of the pond has grown into a huge clump, maybe time to divide that too.
The underground stream is still providing enough moisture for the ferns and astilbes to be happy in spite of all the heat.
All the hellebore leaves are still looking as they should in spite of no rain for weeks.
Grass, darmera and heuchera looking happy in the border behind the scree, I admit to watering the heuchera as it has only been planted a few weeks ago and I wasn’t willing to lose it.
Euphorbia mellifera is coping with the dry conditions very well indeed. Seed heads have formed which I must remove as we are getting rather a lot of seedlings everywhere.
My “sheepskin rug” of Ophiopogon is getting bigger and bigger every year.
Another euphorbia, this time cyparissias red form, creeping along and again spreading too far, action must be taken.
The dwarf iris on the alpine scree is revelling in all the heat.
My Yucca, also on the alpine scree, is enjoying the extra heat that we are having, hopefully it will flower this year.
With all the sun and heat the blue grass, Leymus magellanicus, is getting more and more blue.
This is the view from where I have been sitting when it has been so very hot, in the shady arbour in the back garden. There is honeysuckle over the arbour to form the shade, the perfume has been wonderful as I have been reading a good book with a long cold drink of elderflower cordial. There are hardly any flowers in this view, just interesting foliage, but it is so cool and peaceful.
We have now had a couple of night’s rain, thank goodness, and the garden is looking a lot better for it, the temperature has dropped quite a few degrees, so maybe I can get a bit more gardening done today.
I’m hope you have already been over to visit Christina’s blog, My Hesperides Garden, if not please do, because thanks must go to her for hosting GBFD once more.