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!)
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!
In the Veg Patch and it’s really more flowers than veg – both the amazing Agapanthus and the Sweet Peas.
The Swing Beds are a bit chaotic, but still showing quite a lot of colour – particularly the incredibly long flowering Diascia personata
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.
On the way round we pass this shallow metal dish which just goes to show some plants are happy with baked bottoms!
The Mid Century Bed now has rather mad spires of Gladioli ‘Black Star’
which are picking up on the spring planted Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ and the Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’.
Outside the greenhouse, the pots are still looking good with the Arctotis ‘Flame’ and Thunbergia ‘Africa Sunset’, joined by Catananche caerulea for contrast.
Into the greenhouse and looking left I can show off an astonishing array of Peppers – ‘Crystal Lemon’ and ‘Tequila’
There are tomatoes in the other direction
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!
Round the corner to the Bronze Bed, now full of colour,
not least from wonderful Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date.’
And to finish – a final flourish from the Wisteria – and another blue sky!