In places, the garden is suffering, when the rhododendron leaves hang down vertically, it is time to give some extra water. As I have mentioned in the past, we are on a water meter and have to pay for every drop of water we use, we chose to have a meter many years ago and our bills halved. Normally we can manage with just the water we have in the water butts, only the fruit and veg get watered with a hose, but when the weather is so hot and humid for so long, then plants begin to suffer as well as us! Some perennials have been cut down and I know that they will sprout again, they aren’t a problem, but when quite large bushes are gasping for a drop of rain, I have to react and out come the buckets. This is the time that rhododendrons and camellias will abort their flower buds, with the result we won’t have any flowers next spring, hopefully we have caught them in time.
So this month I will start, as last time, in the front with the Bee and Butterfly border and then wander round the garden with you for company.
The bees and butterflies have arrived in their droves and it is a real feeding frenzy each day.
Stars of the border at the moment are a pot of lilium longiflorum and…..
……white Agapanthus and…….
…and blue Agapanthus, although they don’t have as many flowers this year as last year.
However there is a bare space half way along the border, where I cut back an oriental poppy a couple of months ago. I have quite a few Penstemon cuttings waiting to be planted so I think they can fill in here, I’ll plant them in the autumn.
Next is the rose garden which is very quiet at the moment, not many roses flowering now or geraniums. They have all been cut back, but there are thousands of buds waiting to flower, it shouldn’t be long before they are all flowering again.
Moving round to the side border by the field, the start of the border has Crocosmia Lucifer and a few red Hemerocallis. The bark of Betula Jaquemontii shows up really well at the moment. You can just see a paving slab down at the front of the photo, this is a path leading to compost bins, water butts, the shed and the greenhouse, and it is so untidy, I’m not letting you see it!
This shows the border right up to the top where the blue hydrangea marks the beginning of the pergola which goes through to the fruit and veg.
The blue lacecap Hydrangea has a blue Buddleja to the left and in front is a clump of Crocosmia Solfaterre. The white flowers are Malva moschata alba which pops up all over the garden.
Regale Lilies are in there with the Buddleja and Crocosmia Solfaterre.
Just next to Crocosmia Solfaterre is Aster frikartii Monch, I think this has become a blue corner by accident, I didn’t intend it to be blue in this part of the garden. Michaelmas Daisies always make me think of Autumn, summer is rushing by far too quickly.
With my back to the field, the border on the other side of the grass is part of the crescent shaped border which is round the dead oak. On the left with lots of tiny puff balls of flowers is Hypericum prolificum. Next is the fountain of grass which is Miscanthus malepartus and just seen in the distance are the purple flowers of Lythrum virgatum The Rocket which likes damp soil. This is the spot where the underground stream comes from the bog garden, across the circular lawn, past the dead oak, it then crosses the grass here and carries on past the garage and then down the road and away.
Looking the other way the bush on the right side is Viburnum plicatum Maresii, then my favourite grass Stipa gigantia and marking the point of the bed, is the clipped box Chinese ginger jar.
Carrying on round past the Chinese ginger jar, the grass opens out into the circular lawn where the bog garden is on one side and the crescent shaped bed round the oak tree is on the other. Here we have Acanthus mollis on the left and Lucifer on the right which is coming to an end now, it has been a star for a good month, time for it to have a rest.
This leads on to the bog garden which isn’t so colourful now that most of the candelabra primulas have finished. I must save some seed of my favourites. Still flowering is the Zantedeschia aethiopica and now all the astilbes have started flowering.
and looking the other way.
From the back of the bog garden border looking towards the crescent bed round the oak. I think I need to do something to the bed opposite, it never has a Wow factor except for the month when Rosa Mulligani up the oak is flowering, I’ll have to think about it over the winter!
The entrance to the circular lawn is where you see the shadow on the grass. If we turned right we come to the border by the field, but turning left brings us round into the back garden.
From the patio, looking across the border round the alpine scree to the border which goes round the back. I have a new Stipa gigantea planted here and we see the sun shining through it all the time, it lights up like sparklers on Bonfire Night!
Taking a sharp left turn into the woodland it is obvious how dry it has been. The huge trees are taking all the available moisture which leaves everything else looking dry and wilting.
The only plants that look happy are the ones that I have planted recently and of course they are being watered most days.
Just look at how stressed the rhododendrons are, they have since been watered and are looking a lot happier, we have to water if we want flowers next spring.
It looks so autumnal with the crisp horse chestnut leaves on the woodland floor. If I want to grow plants in this part of the garden that will make this area interesting through the summer, I think I am going to need irrigation of some sort. Do you think Father Christmas might bring me some leaky hose if I ask nicely?
Coming out of the woodland we are facing the gravel area to the left of the house, where the honeysuckle perfume has been delighting me for weeks now. If we carried on through the gate in the fence, round the huge Calor Gas tank that we have, we would be back in the front garden by the bee and butterfly border. We have gone full circle, I hope you have enjoyed your wander with me. We have rain forecast for tomorrow, my garden and I really hope we get some this time! One day last week we had torrential rain and it lasted all of three minutes, I looked up at the sky and said – Is that it? Exeter , on the other hand, just 10 minutes away, was flooded, the local news looked as if we had gone back to February when everywhere was flooded and the drains couldn’t cope.
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