When taking photographs for July’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, it dawned on me how many flowers there were in the garden, in the British patriotic colours of red, white and blue. Crocosmia Lucifer has just started flowering up by the pond and takes the eye as soon as you step into the garden by the back door.
Backlit by the sun, some of the petals look yellow.
But surrounded by green, it is bright red.
All the Hemerocallis are starting to flower now,
I think this one is H.Stafford, which is slightly different from the previous one, it has thinner petals.
Candelabra Primula Inverewe has almost come to the end of its flowering in the bog garden, this is the last whorl to open. It has been flowering for over a month, so will soon have a rest. Unfortunately this is sterile so it can only be increased by splitting.
In a damp corner of the rockery around the alpine scree, is a red Astilbe. The concrete wall is the edge of what was the old pond, which we turned into the scree bed with good drainage.
Fuchsias are also starting to flower with dangling earrings for their flowers.
It can’t be autumn yet, but the berries of Arum italicum marmoratum are turning red already!
My poor Phormium is now flowering, I hope this doesn’t mean that it is about to die! This used to be a huge plant, height as well as width. Then came the cold winter of 2010/11 and I thought it was dead. It put up a few spiky leaves the following year and a few more the year after.
I don’t think it liked all the rain last winter either and seemed to be going backwards again. Suddenly it has put up two huge spikes of flowers, I’m thinking maybe I ought to dig it up and put it in a pot for a while so that I can give it a bit of TLC, what do you think, I would hate to lose it?
A David Austin rose in the rose garden in the front, is Winchester Cathedral. I have never noticed before that it has a touch of pink in it.
A lovely spire of Digitalis alba, the white foxglove. I will have lots more next year when all my seedlings should be flowering, brightening up shady corners.
Some of my Alstromerias have been grown from seed. I have only just found out that they will keep on flowering if you pull the stem away from the base when either deadheading or wanting to pick them for a vase.
Polemonium or Jacob’s Ladder are coming to the end now, I will save some seed of this as they don’t seem to spread as easily as the blue ones do.
Saxifrage stolonifera is covered with lovely, dainty white flowers which dance around in the breeze like tiny butterflies.
Philadelphus Belle Etoile is pumping out its perfume on the breeze, filling the garden with its fragrance.
The latest spathe coming from Zantedeschia aethiopica is as huge as the earlier ones were, this plant has been magnificent this year, everything about the plant is huge. This shows what a difference it makes when it has a permanent supply of water in the bog garden.
This plant of Z. aethiopica is so much smaller in all its parts and is planted in ordinary soil, it is easily a third of the size of the one in the bog garden.
A white Astilbe which will go into the woodland in an area where rainwater makes the soil rather soggy, this will enjoy it.
Lychnis coronaria likes well drained soil, I have heavy clay, so the plant is still in its pot, but has rooted through to the soil for any moisture it needs. It seems to work as the crown and the roots in the pot stay dry in the winter.
I couldn’t leave Rosa mulligani out of the white flowers, this is the view of it from round the back, that I get from the greenhouse which is on the back of the garage.
In complete contrast to the rose above, is a tiny Dianthus which is in one of my alpine troughs. A tiny plant maybe but a big perfume!
Climbing one of the posts of the pergola is Trachelospermum asiaticum which literally stops me in my tracks as I wizz up to the veggies, the perfume is totally amazing! It was bought as T. jasminoides which has pure white flowers, but as you can see, these are more cream coloured. The perfume is the same however, so it is staying.
Climbing up the first upright of the pergola is Mdme Alfred Carriere, a white climbing rose which will flower on and off all summer, she has an owl for company which was brought back from the Canaries by our son and dil. She also has a clematis for company but that isn’t flowering yet.
Where would I be without feverfew, Chrysanthemum parthenium, it has put itself through all the borders linking the garden together. My book says it is an annual but I am never without it.
Under the kitchen window is Hydrangea Mdme E Mouillere which has white flowers that eventually turn pink as they age. It puts out new flowers all summer long and certainly earns its space.
This is a seedling from one of my white Buddlejas, the parents are not quite flowering yet. I have found in past years that all the butterflies love the white ones, quite often leaving the purple/lilac/blue ones if the white ones have flower spikes that are open.
Malva moschata alba has been toppled by the rain. I was given one years ago by a friend, it is now in most of the borders here, so easy to remove if there are too many.
Agapanthus in the bee and butterfly border are just starting to open, this is a favourite for the bees.
Now for the blues. Iris ensata have opened up in the bog garden, but one at the top left looks quite a bit paler than the others.
Yes, it is definitely paler than the others.
Lovely star like flowers of Amsonia salicifolia which is being swamped by the huge Acanthus next to it, I must move it soon!
A lacecap Hydrangea which my mother had in a pot. It has grown so much since it was set free in the garden here.
When my Mum had it, it was pink but now look, it is the most beautiful blue! It has only had leaf mould added to the soil when planting, no chemicals, but the one next to it is still pink, even though it had the same treatment!
A neat bun of golden campanula foliage contrasts with its blue flowers, this lives on the alpine scree. Is this one called C. Dickson’s Gold?
Campanula poscharskyana, on the steps up onto the lawn in the back garden, has to be kept clipped otherwise someone is going to be tripped up and I know who that would be!
Polemonium or Jacob’s Ladder seems to be in most of my borders, probably introduced by seed in the compost.
Corydalis elata is supposed to be reliably perennial so I hope it lives up to its reputation. The flowers are such a beautiful blue with just a hint of purple.
A geranium whose reputation goes before her, G. Roxanne who flowers all summer.
The last of the forget-me-nots, they have been so wonderful, unifying borders and making all the other flowers look even better!
Clematis Etoille Violet has climbed its tripod by the swinging seat and has escaped up Rosa Mulligani and the dead oak, certainly a very strong grower!
All the buddlejas are flowering and the butterflies have arrived. All the butterflies so far are looking very bedraggled, I’m assuming that they must be last years that have overwintered.
Lithodora Heavenly Blue is still flowering. It started about April time and still flowers on with more buds to open.
Agapanthus flowers are just opening from their papery casing and displaying their long tubular flowers for any passing bee, maybe another day and they will be open.
That’s it now for the red, white and blue flowers for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day hosted once again by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Thank you Carol for hosting, do pop over to her to see flowers from round the world.