July has been a very strange month weather wise, first of all cold with torrential rain each day which caused flooding in the lowest part of the garden, then a heat wave with temperatures up at 31C, far too hot for me, I felt I was melting!. We now have a cooler spell, yesterday with thunder and lightning, I came in when that started, it was followed by torrential rain and I decided that I had done enough gardening for one day. The plants have coped remarkably well through all this and the weeds have also coped too well, I’m still pulling them out. I’ve had a lot of cutting back and propping up to do after a storm last weekend, when a lot got flattened. Colour in the garden hasn’t stopped at all, the roses are having a rest for a while, but other plants have carried on flowering, it has been one wave after another, so I’ll just show you some long views of how the garden is looking now.
The view from down by the greenhouse and the field, up behind the dead oak looking towards the pergola. This is the part of the garden which now gets flooded each time there is torrential rain. The silver birch and lots of other plants are now dead, but I think I will keep the silver birch and plant a clematis up it, planting it further back towards the hedge where it stays drier. This is where the daylilies have done ever so well, maybe I could move some more to here.
Having gone from one extreme to the other, from temperatures in the teens with rain every day, to temperatures soaring up to 30 C and even 31 C this week, I have been melting away because I’m just not used to it. My plants aren’t used to such high temperatures either but they are coping much better than I am. Thank goodness this weekend will be cooler along with some very welcome rain!
My six for this week are as follows
no 1 Crocosmia Paul’s Best Yellow
I hopefully planted this in the driveway border, hoping it would flower the same time as the dark blue agapantgus, but they hardly ever coincide, this year is no different, the Agapanthus are still in tight bud, maybe by next Saturday!
The rain has stopped and now we have a heatwave, from one extreme to the other! I hate to say it but it is too hot for me, I’m having to plan my gardening from very early when I get up and do my first gardening session in my pjs, then after breakfast I have to be finished by 10am, after which it just gets far too hot to even think about working. Looking round the garden for 6 plants to feature, needless to say I started in the shade where I found Iris ensata, a Japanese iris, in the bog garden.
No 1 Iris ensata.
It is looking very happy in the shady bog garden, especially with all the rain we have had lately.
Where my garden keeps getting flooded is planted with rather a lot of Hemerocallis or Day Lilies. I hadn’t realised when I planted them many years ago, that they liked water so much. They spent most of the winter sitting with their roots in water and lately I seem to have been flooded regularly, almost every week, and they are looking very happy indeed! I also have lots planted in parts of the garden that don’t get flooded and they too seem very happy. I showed 3 varieties in my last post, but now most of the rest are flowering so here they are, but I have forgotten most of their names over the years.
Once more the garden is changing gear, a lot of the poppies, iris and peonies, but not all, have finished and are handing over to Hydrangeas, Hemerocallis and Crocosmia. The colours are changing with Hemerocallis and Crocosmia, their flowers are looking a lot hotter and I think the garden is trying to tell me that it is summer. We are not having summer temperatures and we are still having rain every day, so it doesn’t really feel like summer at the moment, but my bog plants are happy! The following photos are for my Six on Saturday post.
No 1 Chrysanthemum superbum
Chrysanthemum superbum Wirral Supreme, another plant that reminds me of home in the North West, I spent all my childhood years on the Wirral.
While assessing how the newish planting in the rockery was doing, I realised that quite a few of the plants were in the purple spectrum and they all seemed to be in the centre of the rockery. I will have to have a think about what I can add anongst them.
All looking a bit purple.
This week, for my Six on Saturday, I’ll be concentrating on the roses that didn’t appear in my earlier rose post. Two are huge ramblers, two are climbers and two are shrub roses that didn’t wake up with the rest.
No 1. Rosa Wedding Day
R. Wedding Day was planted when my daughter got married and has grown up its support, an ash tree, part of it has been blown down again but most of it has climbed to the top.
My circular meadow is coming along nicely, or I think so anyway. The grasses are growing, the buttercups and daisies are making a wall to wall carpet and other wild flowers are popping up. Some I have seen in previous years but one in particular has made its first appearance and it is looking very lovely indeed.
The view up the steps outside the back door.
This week I’ve tried to find six plants that haven’t been shown previously in a recent posts, it wasn’t easy! The wind and the rain that we had this last week have taken their toll and there has been a lot of cutting back and deadheading going on, however there is still a lot for me to enjoy.
No 1 Candelabra primula
Most of my first candelabra primulas are now starting to form seed, but this lilac/purple one has just started flowering, I know I’ll want to save seed of this one, it will look gorgeous with the peachy one.
Wherever I look at the moment, roses are flowering as never before, have they enjoyed our strange weather, I don’t know, but whatever it is that has made them flower so much, I’m very pleased with the result. Come for a wander with me round the garden and see how much colour they are providing but how I wish you could smell all the wonderful perfume that I can.
Buff Beauty which I grew from a cutting of the one in the back garden, this one always flowers first.
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