The month of July was unusual in that it was so hot and humid. Having to watch the garden suffer through the lack of rain and only being able to water the essentials that were obviously struggling did not make a happy month in the garden. Rain came just as the water butts were empty, thank goodness, and now plants that looked very stressed are now back to normal. Most of the colour in the garden has been from the day lilies and crocosmia, roses have come and gone so fast and generally just looked a mess as I wasn’t able to keep up with the dead heading, I’m catching up now.
Hemerocallis Stafford has been flowering its socks off since the beginning of July and will carry on for some time as there are so many buds still to come.
All the other day lilies are adding colour everywhere, they don’t seem to mind what the weather is doing, they just flower regardless.
One of my first dahlias in the side border by the field, has soon been followed by others.
Iris ensata Gold Band was bought last year at Marwood Hill Gardens and has produced 3 flowers in its first year with us.
Primula florindae and Primula florindae Coppertones are still producing more flowers and keeping the colour going in the bog garden rainbow, such a lovely delicate perfume from these flowers.
A plant that has revelled in all the heat is Crepis incana, a Greek or Turkish dandelion!!
Crocosmia are all starting to flower, this is a strong yellow which has been planted amongst the agapanthus, hoping they would flower at the same time, the crocosmia is always first.
All the viticella clematis are flowering away, no matter what the weather, this is Blue Angel trying to hide our huge 400 gallon water butt.
Lots of lilies were planted in pots this year to be dropped into the borders wherever there was a space and most are flowering at the moment, this is Lillium Pink Perfection.
Soft fruit has all been picked, 2 containers of green gooseberries, one of red gooseberries, 4 containers of black currants, and one of red currants. All now safely in the freezer waiting to be made into something delicious. Last year the fruit was much larger due to all the rain we had then, but we still have plenty to keep the two of us happy this year.
Acanthus mollis is certainly making a statement at the moment, near the pond at the top of the garden, the flowers have enjoyed the heat, but the large leaves have flopped. After all our recent rain, the foliage is looking a lot better now
But the plant that is grabbing everyone’s attention at the moment is Crocosmia Lucifer with its bright red flowers, you can’t help looking at it, it is so bright.
All the rain has made is difficult to get into the pond area without getting soaked, the leaves and flowers of Lucifer are bowing down so much. They definitely are the star of the garden at the moment.
In contrast, the leaves of some of the trees are looking definitely autumnal, these are from one of our Chestnut trees. The Chestnuts are the first to get their leaves in the spring and the first to drop them. This year though, the hot weather without rain for so many weeks, has made them start falling earlier than usual.
In the woodland, the leaves are crunching underfoot, autumn has certainly come early here!
I think I can say that the garden has coped with the extremes of weather that it has had, some plants, only just with extra watering, but some extremely well with no extra watering. I had thought it would all be doom and gloom this month with such high temperatures, but the rain arrived just in time and has made everything flourish once more.
With thanks to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting a Review of the month, do pay a visit to see how other gardens are coping with the weather this month.