August flowers and the badger
The cool summer is keeping the flower borders very healthy and all the plants are very lush at the moment. This is one of my favourite plants and a magnet for bees – Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’. A lovely flower viewed at a distance but fascinating up close.
Providing a bright splash of red and yellow is Alstroemeria ‘Evening Song’. I dug up some orange alstroemerias years ago as they were rather invasive. I think I was a much neater gardener when I was younger, but I’ve grown out of that now thank heavens!.
When I moved here many years ago my garden loving neighbour gave me some seed from two Hibiscus shrubs he’d seen in someone’s front garden. One came purple and the other was this white one with a red centre. My neighbour died a few years ago but these two hibiscus shrubs will always remind me of him.
I love these Allium sphaerocephalon which are easy to grow from seed. The flowers look like they have burst out of their papery buds, so different from the neat round globes of some other Allium species. I also like the two contrasting colours. Try to ignore the garden hose.
If you look in the top right hand corner of the above picture (click for larger view) you can just about see the hole which the badger has dug under the fence. Yes he has come back and has sited his latrine in the bottom corner of the garden under a Ceaonothus ‘Blue Mound’. Very considerate of him. Our three cats are pleased too – they don’t have to bother jumping the fence.