Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cooling down the garden

The garden is taking a bit of a roasting this week. With storms forecast and missing us out completely we are desperate for rain here in the garden and on the allotment.

Having said all that I may be woken up in the night to thunder ……

Now the garden is looking a little jaded and pale, but making the evenings shine are a few lovely white and pale plants.

 

Thalictrum reniforme

Thalictrum reniforme

This Thalictrum is a gem, flowering now after all the large blowsy ones have finished it is a welcome sight. Flowering in the White Garden it is a very delicate looking flower and is about 90 cms tall.

Stalwarts in the garden have to be the following few.

 

Anemone hybrida 'Honerine Jobert'

Anemone hybrida ‘Honerine Jobert’

This anemone makes huge colonys, growing very tall and lighting up the evening garden. I never grow the pink types as I find the colour hard to place.

 

White Cosmos

White Cosmos

I have to grown Cosmos every year. It is a favourite. I first grew these from seed that my good friend Lianne bought over from Korea with her when she came to England about 10 years ago, sadly the family have returned to Korea but I still grow the the progeny of those original seeds, and we still keep in touch.

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Old Court'

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Old Court’

A different looking Leucanthemum from the norm, not to everyone’s taste, but I like it. This is from Elizabeth MacGregor Plants

Rosa Moschata ' Princesse De Nassau'

Rosa Moschata ‘ Princesse De Nassau’

Now this rose is a lovely late flowering short climber. Growing to about 2 mts , it starts flowering around late July early August and goes on until the autumn, which can only be a good thing. Starting off as pale pink buds aging to creamy white double flowers.

Pelargoniums...deep red selection from' Woottens of Wenhaston'

Pelargoniums…deep red selection from’ Woottens of Wenhaston’

 By now you should know me…I love Pelargoniums and these are new for me this week. Ordered wednesday and arrived this morning (friday), all are deep red types P. Voodoo, Scarlet Unique,Black butterfly,Lord Bute, Romeo. Thank you Woottens of Wenhaston. This has certainly bought some colour into my garden.

Hopefully we shall have rain soon or else it’s out with the hosepipe again……

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Unwanted Egg Layers.

So where are these two going to lay their eggs……I will know in a few weeks…..

cabbage whites

cabbage whites

So many plants are being attacked by different creatures this year. I have had sawfly on the roses, the usual problems with solomons seal, small holes in the lawn and bigger holes in the garden.

But the best thing is, we have had at least 7 or 8 different nests in the garden this year. Ranging from blackbirds to blackcaps. So at least there is food enough for all the young.

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Hot and Bothered.

It’s been very warm of late, little rain and hot days leading to a very dry garden. I have resorted to the hosepipe on a couple of occasions, mainly in the White Garden as it also contains a boggy bit that also needed a bit of a top up.

The Hot Border is in semi shade for the majority of the day and this has helped no end. All seems to be working well. Another year will see it knit together nicely.

Some plants that are peaking at the moment are …….

 

Hydrangea villosa

Hydrangea villosa

Helenium Waltrout

Helenium Waltrout

Hemerocallis Scarlet Oak'

Hemerocallis Scarlet Oak’

Clematis Durandii

Clematis Durandii

Lysimachia variagata

Lysimachia variagata

Salvia unknown

Salvia unknown

Canna 'Cleopatra'

Canna ‘Cleopatra’

Helenium 'Moorheim Beauty'

Helenium ‘Moorheim Beauty’

Bomarea Hirtella.

Bomarea Hirtella.

Dahlia unknown

Dahlia unknown

Foliage of Canna 'Cleopara'

Foliage of Canna ‘Cleopara’

Cautleya spiata 'Crug Canary'

Cautleya spiata ‘Crug Canary’

Crocosmia Lucifer

Crocosmia Lucifer

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Hydrangea.

For my Vase on a Monday I have used some hydrangea that got damaged while we were taking down the playhouse.

I like the immature florets and the different shades of blue and cream. I didn’t think that they would hold up for long, but these seem to be doing alright.

I have also been looking at several more hydrangea around the garden and they are making quite an impact already.

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Bye Bye Playhouse.

Having granddaughters opened up another dimension to the garden. When Megan was small we made her a playhouse, then Imogen came along and the two sisters played in and around the playhouse lots. But even though we thought that they would use it for longer, they both decided that they were too big for it. So with a heavy heart Mr Malc has taken it down, the window boxes have gone home with girls and we are now left with a dilemma as to know what to do with this area now.

I do have a vague idea along with the other two beds,of creating a potager, adding a few of the more unusual fruit and veg. As I have said before This area has always been difficult but crack it we will.

 

As a post script ….has anyone else found that WordPress has changed it’s New Post format, I am finding it very confusing as it doesn’t seem that you can preview before you post……HELP.

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