End of the month view – July 2012
Suddenly in the middle of June the days and days of rain finally came to an end. The sun came out and temperatures rose….summer had finally arrived. The plants have loved this weather and the garden borders are very lush.
This border is dominated by Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’ with its wonderful globular flowers.
Poppies also did well and were dotted throughout the borders.
In the bottom border there is a contrast in colour as a perennial Sweetpea clambers up the rusted twirling arms of a steel sculpture. Perennial Sweetpeas have no fragrance but I still like them, especially the white one.
I grew Orlaya from seed this year and while many were lost to slugs and snail some did survive. I love the delicate lacy caps of flowers. I do not usually do well with Clematis but the cooler, wet weather seems to have helped this year. I find the viticellas are more able to cope with my light soil which dries out easily. In the picture below you can see (from top left going clock wise) -
Orlaya grandiflora, Clematis viticella ‘Venosa Violacea’, Clematis viticella ‘Justa’ and Clematis viticella ‘Madame Julia Correvon’.
Isn’t it strange how our tastes can change over the years. After years of giving up on Roses because of all the faff of pruning and coping with aphids and blackspot I have gone and bought two to climb a pair of obelisks. Here is one of them. Buds the colour of egg yolks open to display an attractive combination of pale yellow petals flushed with an almost metallic looking pink. She is beautiful and I hope she stays healthy.
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