After a month of very dry weather with temperatures that are far too high for me, the plants in the garden are, by and large, doing very well by themselves without any extra attention from me. This is just as well as lugging watering cans round to water my pots and recent plantings is enough, thank you very much. We had a little rain last night, along with lots of lightning and just a little thunder, but nowhere near enough and today we will be back to soaring temperatures again.
Yucca filamentosa is the surprise of the month. I planted it about 25yrs ago and this is the first flower that I have had inthe last 23 yrs! This plant has also split into 3 and another one has started flowering now.
Another plant where the flowering plumes catch the eye, is Stipa gigantea. With the sun behind them, the flower spikes look like spun gold and contrast nicely with the box Chinese Ginger Jar beside them.
Trachelospermum asiaticum stops me in my tracks as I pass it on the pergola, such a gorgeous perfume.
Inula helenium is another which stops me as I’m rushing by, it is now so huge, thank goodness this stem had flopped, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to photograph it, it is so tall, at least 8ft. The wildlife likes it too!
Iris ensata is still flowering away, this plant has produced so many blooms, it has been amazing.
My tiny rose on the alpine scree is obviously happy, it is only about 6 inches tall and when it flowers I always think of the friend who gave it to me many years ago.
Clematis Prince Charles is doing a good job of disguising my huge water butt at the front of the house.
More daylilies are now flowering since I wrote my last post. I have to remember to deadhead them all each morning so that they don’t look messy.
Tender Fuchsias are brightening up shady areas in pots at the back in the gravel garden. I must remember to take cuttings soon so that I can make more for next year.
Buddlias are now flowering around the garden, just waiting for any passing butterfly, I think it might be a bit early yet for them, it is still early morning!
Those are my 10 for July, there is lots of colour from all the plants that have been here for years. They have got their roots deep down in the soil which is heavy clay, and I think this is why they do so well when we have periods of drought. I don’t like the high temperatures at all, I will be hiding under my arbour in the back garden which is covered in honeysuckle, along with the golden hop, with a long cold drink and a good book and just wait for cooler weather!
I’m joining with Chloris at The Blooming Garden for this months post, please join her to see what is flowering in her garden at the moment.