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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 – Golfing gold

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As you can imagine, there was great excitement chez Duver Diary about Jason Rose winning Olympic gold for the golf.  However, the gold theme of the arrangement above, made on Sunday to take to the golf club for ‘Joint Captains’ Day’ was entirely coincidental, and very much influenced by what I had in the garden that was ‘pickable’ and tall enough to fill such a huge vase.

I started with great big branches of Cotinus coggygria ‘Grace’IMG_1423

and added the large green Sedum heads.IMG_1422

To these I added the huge spires of Gladioli ‘Black Star’ (I was quietly relieved to reduce the number in the garden!)

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and then finished with my gold accents, picked from the Bronze Bed (perhaps I should rename it the Gold Bed?) – both Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’IMG_1421

and plenty, plenty of Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date.’IMG_1420

As well as this large arrangement, I also made ten small posy pots for the tea tables like the ones I did here, but completely forgot to photo them!

I’m chuffed to say they all made it to the golf club intact, and when I went to pick the OH up around tea time, a (male) complete stranger passed me in the clubhouse and said ‘Hello Skipper’s wife, nice flowers.’ Praise indeed!

With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this lovely meme.

End of month view – July 2016

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Another set of rather bleached photos as these were taken around midday when I found a minute spare.

After the big clear out in June, the grass bed was planted with Ammi, Cosmos and Calendula and all are starting to fill out.  I hadn’t really thought through how tawny the grasses would get, and the colouring is working well with the marigolds.  I’m hoping by the time they’re exhausted the Ammi and Cosmos will be in full swing and I can just turf them out.

Meanwhile the Swing Beds are rather overrun with Diascia personata but are at least looking more flowery than they were this time last year, but that won’t last long if I don’t get some water on them.

I’m trying to add more blues to these beds with some Scabious grown from seed (Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Blue Cockade’) as well as the sister’s Penstemon (P. Stapleford Gem mentioned here) but they’re still not really making any impact.  And although I have chopped back the pink hardy geranium at the front, there’s still too much of it, and it does leave a large uninteresting green patch when it’s stopped flowering.IMG_1403

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In the Mid Century bed the Rhodochiton which were such a success on the obelisk last year, still haven’t got going and a couple have definitely perished.  I do have some spares so need to get those planted before it’s all too late.  I’ve pulled out all the poppies now but they have been replaced by the rather gaudy Gladioli Black Star (discussed here).  Annuals here of Antirrhinum and Malope are still just getting going.

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In the Veg Bed the most striking thing is the Sweet Peas.  I’ve actually planted two rows this year, there’s another wave coming behind, opposite the runner beans.  As for actual veg the courgettes are (predictably) taking over, and there’s plenty of chard.  The French Beans, Runners and Mange Tout have all been a little slow to get going, and they too would benefit from a really good soaking.IMG_1398

Highlight of this area for me has to be the home grown Agapanthus.  As I’d hoped, they’re obviously loving the heat of the wall at the back of the strawberry bed.

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At the other side of the garden in the Bronze Bed the Dahlia ‘Happy Single Dates’ are going from strength to strength and proving how much happier Dahlias are with their feet in the ground.  The number I’ve still got in pots are clearly feeling (and looking) rather disgruntled.IMG_1380

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In the greenhouse the tomatoes and cucumbers are hurtling up the bamboos, but haven’t been too productive to date – more water (and food) required, I feel.

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The aubergines have their first flowers.  Quite how Monty Don was harvesting fully grown aubergines weeks ago I have no idea!IMG_1391

Non edibles include my lovely Plumbagos as well as this glory lily (Gloriosa rothschildiana).IMG_1396

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And there are new biennial seeds coming to start the whole cycle again.IMG_1394

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And to finish, a few pots currently looking good.  IMG_1407

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With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener who hosts the EoM meme.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2016

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Plenty of dahlias this month after my splurge earlier in the year.  Some of these are still in pots, and, not entirely surprisingly, not very happy.  I’m trying to keep on top of feeding and watering, but there’s no doubt they’d be happier with their feet in the ground, if only I could find some ground for them….

The one above is D. ‘Tamburo’, and below, another dark one, D. ‘La Recoleta.’IMG_1291

Bright pink, D. Hillcrest RoyalIMG_1274

and D. ‘Roxy’ are joined byIMG_1273

peachier Dahlia ‘Burlesque’ (with hiding visitor)IMG_1265

and even more orange, D. ‘Zundert Mystery Fox’ IMG_1260

There are still plenty of roses still blooming, including the R. Pink Flower Carpet (which really has been a carpet this year, although looking a little exhausted now),IMG_1245

R. ‘Munstead Wood’,IMG_1292

R. ‘Korizont’IMG_1279

R. ‘Jubilee Celebration’,IMG_1293

and R. ‘Pat Austin’IMG_1254

Plenty of Pelargoniums are looking good, including this one, bought cheaply last year at the local Car Boot Sale, unfortunately without a name,IMG_1289

and this rather more expensive one, P. Choun Cho, which is in a pot with the dahlia in the first photo above, D. Tamburo.IMG_1256

The annuals grown from seed are all a bit behind as I was so late getting everything planted out, but the following are starting to bloom – Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Black Prince,’IMG_1290

Calendula officinalis ‘Touch Of Red Buff’IMG_1288

self seeded Nasturtium Caribbean Crush (here with Achillea ‘Terracotta’, although not looking very terracotta)

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Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Fizzy White’IMG_1286

and Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’IMG_1283

Meanwhile the outdoor sweet peas are romping up the nettingIMG_1276

but the Winter Sun ones are still flowering in the greenhouse (although now rather badly plagued by greenfly).IMG_1270

Also flowering their socks off in the greenhouse are my two pots of Plumbago.IMG_1267

In the Greenhouse beds, the pink of the Potentilla nepalensis ‘Shogran’ shows up well against the wall.  IMG_1263

In these beds too there are both white and blue Agapanthus, grown from seed.IMG_1269

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but there are even more in the strawberry bed.  Although these were planned to all be blue, they too have turned out to be a mix, so I think once they’ve all finished flowering I’ll have a reshuffle!

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In the Mid Century bed one of last year’s Gladioli, G. Black Star, is flowering again – this was also previously discussed here.

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In the Swing Beds, there are plenty of pink blooms – Diascia Personata, grown from cuttings from the original plant generously given by Nick at White Cottage Day Lilies, joined by a Penstemon

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and Salvia jamensis ‘Stormy Sunrise.’

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And to finish a little conundrum.  Below is one of two matching Mandevilla bought at Hampton Court to go in pots on the decking together with the Pelargonium ‘Surcouf’ in place of the rather sickly looking Clematis.  However, despite priding myself on having a pretty good ‘colour’ memory, they aren’t the same pink as the Pelargonium, so now what do I do with them?  Probably plant and be damned, as I don’t know where else they’re going to go!IMG_1271

With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.

Married to Dame Edna, and a correction

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It’s a family joke that the OH likes gladioli and I don’t.  On (rare) occasion he will buy me gladioli as cut flowers just to see my reaction, which I’m afraid is never positive.

However, my view towards ‘gladdies’ has softened somewhat since coming to the island, as we have inherited the species gladioli, Gladioli byzantinus, (shown here with my Melianthus Major in May last year).  These flowers are rather more dainty and airy and also fill a slightly difficult gap after the tulips have finished flowering, and as a result I’m seriously thinking of planting some in the Swing Beds for next year.

Clearly, the top photo does not show Gladioli byzantinus, but instead Gladiolus Black Star, bought as corms by me this year, for the new Mid Century Bed.  To be honest they were a bit of a joke – I stumbled across them in the garden centre and bought them to charm the husband (whilst also thinking they’d suit the ‘bruised’ colour palette I had in mind for that bed).

They were duly planted in early March, and before too long the strap like leaves were showing as healthy clumps at the back of the border, but whilst the Ranunculus planted at the same time came and went, still there were no flower spikes.  I thought perhaps they’d take a year to settle in, and was quietly a little relieved.  Phew.

And then there they were, multiple flower spikes all along the bed, there was no escape, they were coming.  And here they are:

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I have to admire their sheer scale and majesty, and the colour is fabulous.  But do I actually like them?  Hmmm.  What do you think?

And to finish, a correction.  Blogging has got a little more complicated since I’ve been back at work and I’m quite often blogging when I’m not even at home, accessing photos taken a day or so earlier. But to confuse this, in last week’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day,IMG_8010a

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really was inexcusable.

The first photo actually shows my Centaurea cyanus Black Boy, not a Dianthus at all, whilst the second is Dianthus barbatus Sooty, also grown from seed, but not exactly flowering yet.  Sorry!

I think I’d better go and edit it out…