Monthly Archives: July 2017

End of month view – July 2017

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After the glory of June’s excesses, already aspects of the garden at the end of July are looking a little tired.  However, conversely, areas reliant on annuals, such as the grass bed, are just getting going.

So the usual clockwise tour takes us past the new Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin f rosea).  Still no blooms, but I’m delighted it’s making itself at home.  Please ignore the convolvulus leaf to the left.  (I promise it isn’t there now, but I made the executive decision to take the photos yesterday before the five hours of gardening, so please excuse the ‘fuzzyness’ shown in the photos – not least the unmown lawn!)

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On to the troughs and sadly these are rather contradicting my statement about the annuals getting going.  I really need to rethink what I plant here as the metal troughs, especially during this balmy summer, are just too hot for many things.  The plan here was a combination of Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, which are just about getting there, combined with Lathyrus ‘Pink Cupid’ at the front, which Sarah Raven assured me would ‘tumble happily’. However, I don’t think having roasted roots really suits the poor sweet peas and consequently it’s barely peeping over the edge!IMG_2960

In the Veg Patch and it’s really more flowers than veg – both the amazing Agapanthus and the Sweet Peas.IMG_2961

The Swing Beds are a bit chaotic, but still showing quite a lot of colour – particularly the incredibly long flowering Diascia personataIMG_2962

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The Grass Bed has filled out considerably in a month with plenty of Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Psyche White’, (and Salvia horminum ‘White Swan’ and Malope trifida ‘Alba’ out of shot) together with plenty of self sown grasses.IMG_2964

On the way round we pass this shallow metal dish which just goes to show some plants are happy with baked bottoms!IMG_2966

The Mid Century Bed now has rather mad spires of Gladioli ‘Black Star’

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which are picking up on the spring planted Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ and the Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’.img_3002.jpg

Outside the greenhouse, the pots are still looking good with the Arctotis ‘Flame’ and Thunbergia ‘Africa Sunset’, joined by Catananche caerulea for contrast.

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Into the greenhouse and looking left I can show off an astonishing array of Peppers – ‘Crystal Lemon’ and ‘Tequila’IMG_2985

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There are tomatoes in the other direction

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and what’s this?  Newly discovered on my return from London on Thursday, a wonderful new potting station made by my lovely neighbour Martin.  I can’t promise it’ll mean I’ll keep the floor clean, but it will definitely help!IMG_2991

Round the corner to the Bronze Bed, now full of colour,

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not least from wonderful Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date.’IMG_2981

And to finish – a final flourish from the Wisteria – and another blue sky!IMG_2978

 

In a vase on Monday – Sweet!

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Just a quick one today, actually created last Monday from a huge bunch of sweet peas (largely) picked in the greenhouse in the dark!  I added the lovely rose, ‘Jubilee Celebration,’ to heighten the sweet scent and plonked them on the kitchen table for the OH to enjoy while I was up in the smoke.

Sadly it wasn’t looking quite so peachy by the time I returned on Thursday, but I’ve just picked similar blooms again and think I might make them this week’s ‘blooms on a desk’ so that I can enjoy them!

Why don’t you see what others have created this week over at Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden?

Happy Monday!

 

In a vase on Monday – celebration

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Saturday saw me hosting the lovely Secret Garden openers, plus helpers, for coffee, a debrief, and an excuse to eat cake.

Bearing in mind the Secret Gardens event raised over £3,000, we were feeling pretty chipper.  We were then made even more proud by the news that the air ambulance, our chosen charity, had landed on St Helens Green (a stone’s throw from Duver Diary) during the week to take a heart patient off to the mainland, thus making it all the more ‘real’ why we’d made the effort.

Consequently, it felt like an occasion to have celebratory flowers, so I pulled together a rather mad combination of Dahlia ‘Burlesca,’IMG_2951

Dahlia ‘La Recoleta’ (er, maybe, looks a bit ‘flat’),IMG_2946

Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’IMG_1420

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer,’IMG_2947

Zinnia ‘Raspberry Cordial,’IMG_2950

and Pelargonium ‘Surcouf,’IMG_2948

(marginally!) cooled down with some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ flower budsIMG_2949

Why don’t you see what others have in their Monday vases over at Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden?  Cathy herself is clearly in the pink!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2017

Plenty of Dahlias providing fabulous spikes and pom poms and now joined by numerous annuals in their stride, including nasturtiums,

marigolds – Calendula ‘Pink Surprise’ (with the surprise being how very un-pink!)IMG_2903

and outdoor sweet peas, including the bicoloured ‘Prince Edward’.

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In the Veg Patch, as well as the sweet peas, I’m growing Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’ for the first time.IMG_2923

Meanwhile the Grass Bed has been turned into a daisy bed by the addition of Cosmos ‘Psyche White’IMG_2931

Erigeron ‘Sommerneuschnee,’ larger flowered (about an inch in diameter) and taller thanIMG_2934

 Erigeron karvinskianus
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These have been joined by the spires of Verbascum chaixii ‘album’ and Salvia horminum ‘White Swan’.

More white (and blue) from the Agapanthus lining the back of the Strawberry Bed, back bigger and better this year.IMG_2926

Two Penstemons in the Swing Bed, the first a cutting from my sister’s garden, P.  ‘Stapleford Gem’ and the second inherited and unnamed.

More lilac/blue in this Scabious – a bit of a mystery plant!  I think it’s one I grew from seed last year – Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Blue Cockade.’  It did nothing last year, but this year, to my surprise, a number of plants have appeared.  However, whilst the flowers are lovely, the plants are tall (approaching a metre) and have flopped all over the place and need staking.

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Lastly, in the Bronze Bed this Echincea – ‘Summer Cocktail’.  Don’t mind if I do!IMG_2954

Belatedly joining Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.

In a vase on Monday – out of water!

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So a complete cheat of an IaVoM – not only not my arrangement, but not even a vase!

The weekend saw the visit of my friend, together with her sister who I hadn’t met over from the States.  You know when guests say ‘Anything I can do?’ and you say ‘Could you set the table please?’ and they plonk round cutlery and glasses and all is good?

Well the result of this request on Saturday evening was this lovely table setting.  Not only complicated napkins arrangements, but the inspired addition of matching pink Pelargonium flowers in the centre of them.  I’ve never seen the like and was chuffed to bits – especially as, although I’d made little Sweet Pea arrangements for the guest bedrooms, I hadn’t found time to arrange flowers for the table.

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And thanks too to Cathy at Rambling in  the Garden who hosts IaVoM.

The Old Rectory, Kingston – just dreamy

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The weekend before my own garden opening I gave myself the afternoon off to visit my friend Louise’s garden which was open for the NGS.

The Old Rectory is a wonderful garden, continually developing and always an absolute delight.  This visit was further enhanced by a spectacularly beautiful day.  The meadow above was added a couple of years ago, a second meadow to this longer established one below.

Louise loves roses and was definitely the inspiration for the number I’ve now planted chez Duver Diary.IMG_2729

There are always lovely planting combinations and new varieties to admire.

Thanks Louise, it was just beautiful.

As my neighbour said, who visited for the first time – “Best £4 I’ve ever spent!”

In a vase on Monday – hot desking!

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‘Flowers on a desk’ have been back for a while but they don’t usually appear until Tuesday, as that’s when I head to London, and so haven’t featured much in this year’s IaVoM.  This week, however, conscious that I needed to head up a day early for various meetings, I thought I’d bring some cheer with me in the form of a Monday vase.

I noticed over the weekend that the Dahlia ‘Mystery Fox’ was just the same coral/tomato red as the Sarah Raven Nasturtium ‘Cherry Red’, so I plonked them in a vase, together with nasturtium leaves and some fresh green mint.

All very cheering apart from the dahlia flowers quietly collapsing (see dropped petals to the left of the picture).  Hopefully I won’t be in a similar state on Thursday when I eventually head back across the water!

Why don’t you join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what other summer cheer others have in their vases this week?