With all the hot weather that we have been having, everything seems to be flowering at once, but in the heat, plants are going over faster than normal and I seem to spend most of my time deadheading to keep the borders looking presentable. Thank goodness the weather this week is cooler for the plants and me.
This clematis has done ever so well this year, I’ve never known it to have so many flowers before.
This was bought as T. jasminoides. but the flowers are cream rather than white, the perfume is still absolutely fantastic though. This is climbing up the pergola.
There are so many roses flowering at the moment, I have chosen just three to represent them all. Top left is Evelyn, one of the many David Austin roses that we have, with a sublime perfume. Top right is Rosa glauca with very simple, pretty flowers and gorgeous foliage and along the bottom is Rosa Bonica which just flowers and flowers and flowers…..and doesn’t know when to stop!
This is now time for the Astilbe to be flowering. Accompanying it by the wall of the alpine scree is Saxifrage stolonifera.
The large lower petals shiver in any passing breeze and the whole plant seems to be dancing.
This Hydrangea came to us with my Mum when she came to live here. She had it in a pot and it was pink, it has taken a good few years, but without me doing anything, except plant it in the garden, it is now blue!
Another Hydrangea shrub further along the border is another of Mum’s pink ones that is changing colour, a few more years and it should be the same blue as the one above.
Perfume is in the air whenever I walk past one of the borders with these lilies in them. I have grown them in pots, as it is easier to deal with Red Lily Beetle and so that I can just drop them into the borders, wherever I feel they need another flowering plant.
Wowing me with it’s perfume every time I walk past is this Philadelphus with a tiny blotch of maroon at the base of each petal.
By the pond, Mimulus has gone mad, it is everywhere, drastic action is needed! Some can be moved to the bog to fill a few spaces, but I must remember to deadhead it so that it doesn’t take over again.
Hardy Fuchsia Delta Sarah is growing as never before because I forgot to cut her back in the spring! She is much better with cutting back, now she is lolling and flopping everywhere!
This is such a good penstemon, so reliable and so easy to grow from cuttings. We have a few clumps in the garden here, all grown from this plant.
This is still growing in its pot, but it has rooted through into the soil, so it will have to wait for the autumn now, before I can plant it in the border. Bought because it reminds me that once we lived on the Wirral, a strip of land between the River Mersey and the River Dee.
By the pond, Acanthus mollis has just started flowering. So far, we have had enough rain to keep the huge leaves turgid, last summer they were wilting with the lack of rain.
Not flowers, I know, but this Horse Chestnut tree is covered with small conkers, I hope this doesn’t mean something sinister as usually it doesn’t have very many. I hope it isn’t reproducing before it dies!
Most of the plants that I have planted in the garden here have single flowers for bees and butterflies, however, sometimes I plant something just for me! This double geranium is so pretty, I just couldn’t resist it.
My last post was about all the day lilies in the garden, these four weren’t flowering when it came time to publish, but they’re here now!
My ensata Iris are the last Iris to flower here. They are beautiful flowers and brighten up the back of the bog garden.
The shape of the iris contrasts with the Zantedescia aethiopica next to it. I think though that it might look better if some of my blue Iris ensata was next to the Zantedescia, and then the white iris could join the rest of the blue one where there are plenty on the other side of the carving of the Creation.
These iris like a good moist soil, so the bog garden is ideal for them. I have a new pink one but so far it hasn’t flowered yet, maybe next year.
I think the grandiflora in this foxgloves name must refer to the size of the flowers because it is only short in stature, barely 18 inches.
This tiny rose was given to me many years ago by a visiting friend, it is so tiny in all its parts, only about 9 inches tall, but so beautiful. I thought, where can I plant it where it won’t be swamped by larger plants, and decided that the scree was the best place for it. It was given a handful of better soil and hasn’t looked back, it seems very happy there.
Two alstroemerias in the border by the field, I love all the subtle shades in the bottom one.
All the buddlejas in the garden are now flowering, but with the cooler weather, where are the butterflies?
Clematis viticella Etoille Violette has escaped the confines of its obolisk and made an escape bid up the dead oak and Rosa Mulligani. I think I forgot to prune this one in the spring!
A general view to finish with, showing, from the left,Clematis Pagoda, Geranium Spinners seedling,the white flowers of Saxifrage stolonifera, red Astilbe, then various small flowers on the alpine scree, backed by Perovskia which has just started flowering.
Many thanks go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the GBBD meme each month, please pay her a visit to see what is flowering in other gardens around the world.