I can’t believe that August is half way through. We have had quite a bit of rain followed by sunshine, on and off all month, which has meant that flowers are blooming everywhere. Quite often August is a dry month and the garden suffers, plants stop flowering, going over much faster than usual, but this year all the rain has been such a benefit, especially for the Hydrangers which have been providing colour for about 2 months now. I watched the weather forecast and quickly took my photos a couple of days ago, I’m really glad I did as we had non stop rain through the night and most of yesterday.
I think this one is H. macrophylla Mdme Emile Mouillere and has been wonderful clothing the wall at the front of the house. The pink mophead hydrangea in the distance is by the front door, at the top of the drive.
In the space between the pergola and the fence by the field at the side, are a number of hydrangeas, this one needs to be cut back each spring as it flowers on wood produced in the current year.
At the beginning of the pergola is my favourite lacecap, a lovely blue, whose colour is becoming darker as the weeks go by.
Next to H. paniculata Kyushu is another lacecap, this time pink sepals but with tiny blue flowers in the centre. I’m amazed at how large the shrub has grown and the flowers seem to get larger each year.
The last of the hydrangeas by the pergola is this mophead which has huge flowers, the flower at the left must be at least 10 inches across.
These two Hydrangeas are in the corner of the back garden, I would have thought that they would be the same colour as the soil is the same as far as I know.
In between the 2 bushes in the last photo is this lacecap hydrangea with white sepals and blue flowers in the centre. This shrub will have to grow quite a bit before it is the same size as the ones on either side of it.
Under the dead oak in the centre of the garden, is Hydrangea Ayesha, whose petals turn up at the edge making them similar to the flowers on Lilac. I found another bush with similar flowers to the left of the pergola, how did it get there, I haven’t taken cuttings from this bush? The deadheads go into the compost, the compost was spread under the hydrangeas, has a seed sprouted and grown without me realising?
At the moment all the hostas are flowering, some with much better flowers than others. This one is in the bog garden and when I bent down to photograph it, found it had a lovely perfume.
I seem to remember last year I said I would move this plant to the bee and butterfly border where it will have more room, it is still waiting! I must move it once it has finished flowering.
The pots by the back door are now in full flowering mode, enjoying whatever weather is thrown at them.
A lily by the back door, this one has a beautiful perfume, but sorry, I can’t find the label that I’m sure was in the pot!
A large Bizzie Lizzie in a pot by the back door, there are 4 pots, is doing very well and is now quite huge.
In the back border, by the entrance to the woodland, is this lovely deep pink Japanese anemone, this makes me think that autumn is knocking on the door!
Further along the border, is another anemone, but much paler this time. I have bought quite a few white ones but they all seem to have vanished.
All the buddlejas are flowering away, just in time for an influx of butterflies. This isn’t a very good photo of a Comma enjoying the nectar that the Buddleja produces. I’ve noticed that this bush has the most amazing perfume, far stronger than other buddlejas.
Crocosmia Solfaterre is now spreading, for a long time it sulked and almost didn’t look strong enough to survive. It must now have it’s roots down deep as it is obviously enjoying where it is.
The flowers of C. masoniorum are the same large flowers as C. Lucifer. This is another Crocosmia that is only starting to spread after about 10 yrs.
Roses are well into their second flowering, not as many flowers as the first flowering, but still plenty to keep me happy.
Covered in buds is Rosa Gertrude Jekyll, such a beautiful rose with a perfume to match.
In the bee and butterfly border, the Anthemis has been flowering non stop since May. I have to remember to keep deadheading it to keep it flowering, the bees and I love it!
The star of the Bee and Butterfly border at the moment, is definitely the Agapanthus. They are the first thing you see when you arrive, I wish they could flower all year! More will be added to this border and a few of the others where they are lacking in colour at this time of year.
Behind the dead oak in the centre of the garden, Lythrum is making a show with its pink coloured flowers. This is really a bog plant, but it seems quite happy as this is one area where the underground stream passes through the garden. I could take a couple of pieces off though and plant them in the bog garden as the only flowers there at the moment are from the hostas, Zantedeschia and a few astilbes.
Still looking beautiful with it’s wonderful flowers, looking very classy and elegant is Zantedeschia aethiopica. The leaves are also beautiful, it makes quite a statement in the bog garden. I have another plant of it down by the shed, but I think we must try and move it as it hardly gets seen down there.
Keeping company with the Iceberg rose is Lysimachia ephemerum. This is now spreading a bit too far so measures will be taken to restrain it!
I’ll finish with a few longer views.
Normally I wouldn’t think of showing people the garden in August, it is usually looking dry and in need of rain. Not so this year though, everywhere I look, there is colour and I hate to say it, but it is thanks to the rain we have had, that all the flowers are looking so happy.
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme on the 15th of each month where we can all show which flowers are doing well in our gardens at the moment, please pay her a visit to see flowers in lots of other gardens round the world.