There may be a bit of a floral lull in the garden in July, but nectar loving creatures are still finding what they need, as the above butterfly on Inula hookeri (last week’s Wordless Wednesday’s Citrus Swirl) shows.
The majority of the roses may be past their best but are beginning to throw up a few new blooms, always welcome, and around the garden there are splashes of colour, particularly in the bold borders where the above inula combines with sweet pea ‘Winston Churchill’ and Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ to make a statement, as does its taller cousin Inula magnifica with the equally magnificent Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’:
Also in the bold borders is this unknown hemerocallis (left) – perhaps I will find a label when all the foliage has died down. Any ideas, anybody? Equally bold but in the cutting beds is this dwarf sunflower ‘Topolino’ and French Marigold ‘La Bamba’ (the latter growing next to Briza maxima), both 99p trial packets. The sunflowers are looking promising but the marigold although attractive needs a bigger clump to make an impact:
The current stars of the cutting beds despite not yet being cut are Ammi majus and Orlaya grandiflora, both being grown for a Which? Gardening trial – and after taking the picture of this echinops in the blue & white border I noticed some orlaya planted flowering there too:
The main herbaceous borders are dense with foliage but blooms are getting sparser although I am enjoying this bed with Penstemon ‘Just Jayne’, Veronica spicata ‘Barcarolle’ and stalwart astrantia:
Pots provide additional colour, with the big galvanised tank now crammed with fuchsia and petunia and other bits and building up to a grand display, and four containers with fuchsia, petunia, impatiens and verbena – all planted up essentially with Aldi supermarket bargains:
Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly blooms meme – do follow the link to her blog to find out what is blooming elsewhere in the world on the 15th of July. As always there are other delights I have kept to myself this month, but I must just show you that another bud has indeed opened on the hemerocallis in yesterday’s vase, the orange petals blending brilliantly with the crocosmia flowers and persicaria foliage and reflected in the amber of the hyacinth glass: