If you lived nearby, dear blogging friends and asked to come and see my garden today, I would look shifty and ask you whether you could come in a couple of weeks time. Or I might do a Ruth Draper and say ‘Oh but you should have seen it a couple of weeks ago.’ I have blooms of course, we all do in July, but I am still mourning the wonderful delights of the June garden and everything seems very flat, specially after the extended period of dryness we had up until a few days ago. I was at Wisley last week and everything there looked stressed and uninteresting. There is nothing to excite me at the moment. Everything here needs a haircut and most of my blooms are crawling with pollen beetles. These little black bugs don’t do any harm, but they are not photogenic.
And nothing in bloom now can compare with the excitement of my Cardiocrinum giganteum which soared to 10 feet in height and then opened its lovely white flowers far above my head.
Sorry, I seem to be cheating a bit, I am so reluctant to leave June behind. It is July Bloom Day. So let’s have a look at what’s out now. There are some things looking pretty even if they don’t make the pulse race
Anthemis Tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’ makes a pleasing picture growing with the glaucous, blue leaves of Berberis temolaica.
Next to it, amazingly Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’ is still going strong. None of my other roses can compete with it for staying power.
I rather enjoy purple and orange together these days, specially at this time of the year. The following picture is composed of Kniphofias, and the orange bells of Phygelius capensis. The tall grass is Stipa gigantea which I love and the purple is provided by Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’. The upright plant is Veronicastrum virginicum . The bell flowers belong to Campanula rapuculoides which is a terribly invasive plant, not to be recommended. I didn’t plant it and I am constantly pulling it out. On the left of the picture you can see there are buds to come on the wonderful Rosa mutabilis which is generously going to bloom again.
To the right of this group, Cotinus coggyria ‘Notcutt’s Variety’ is blooming with its lovely smoke and in front of it is the late- flowering Dutch honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum ”Serotina’.
Round the terrace the Lavendula ‘Hidcote’ hedge has gone rather wild and woolly due to bad pruning so I will take some cuttings and start again.
We still have roses, the ramblers are usually later flowering than the climbers. Here is ‘The Garland’ climbing up a weeping pear, Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’ in the front garden. It is just beginning to go over, but it has been lovely.
Starting to grow up the ‘Pink Knicker’ Cherry tree is Rosa ‘Blush Rambler’ which seems appropriate.
Of course there are plenty of Clematis just now and I like the way the curious green and white flowers of Clematis ‘Alba Luxuriens’ luxuriate all over the spent roses.
The Potato Vine, Solanum crispum is popular with the bees although it doesn’t excite me.
The front garden still looks pretty.
The highlights are the Angels’ Fishing Roods, Dierama swinging their dainty bells around all over. They are easy from seed but they don’t like to have their roots crowded and I have found them impossible to transplant.
I also really love the pretty pink Gypsophila paniculata which is spreading its froth very generously over the spent geraniums. The pink self-seeded Linaria is a perfect match.
But by July we have had enough of pink and we crave stronger colours. I love blues at any time of the year and there is plenty about just now. My favourite is the shiny, metallic blue of Eryngium bourgatii ‘Picos Blue’ It has lovely, spiky, silvery foliage.
I have a sinister Wolf’s Bane, Aconitum napellus which I treat with respect since reading last year about the Hampshire gardener suffering from multiple organ failure and death after brushing against it. I assume he must have had an open wound. The Romans used it to poison people.
With the Aconite I grow tall Campanula lactiflora. The one at the back is ‘Pritchards Variety’ which is a lovely dark blue.
Also growing here with the blues is a lovely dark Asiatic lily. ‘Night Flyer’. It is such a dark red it is almost black.
Lovely wine red Scabiosa ‘Beaujolas Bonnets’ seeds around and I love it.
So do the butterflies.
Actually prowling round the garden with my camera for today’s Bloom Day has made me realise there still is plenty to enjoy. I haven’t even showed you all the annuals making a show in the Winter Garden. So you can come round to look at the garden if you like. And I promise not to say,‘You should have seen it last week’.
Please go over to Carol at Maydreamgardens and see what other people have in bloom for the July Bloom Day. And why not join in on the 15th of each month and show us what you are enjoying?