According to our solar panel and weather monitors July has been the sunniest month since we had the panels over two years ago whilst the heavy rain in the last few days has made it the wettest month this year by a long stretch – ah British weather! After a damp day yesterday, today is as hot as forecasted but very humid, and the chance of thunder rumbling past seems a distinct possibility. The garden soldiers on, relishing the rainfall after the heatwave, but is looking a little tired in parts and in need of an injection not only of a colour but also of TLC. I did not join the EOMV meme until August last year, so do not yet have a full pictorial record to compare the current jungle with – and I am very grateful to Helen at Patient Gardener for hosting the meme. Click on the link to her blog to see views of other bloggers’ gardens at the end of July.
The trees are closing in round the paved area and the ‘Danse du Feu’ roses on the pergola are going through a lull, but the pink wallflowers in the pots in the foreground are no nearer flowering than they were when I bought them to accompany the tulip bulbs I planted last autumn:
The streamside area has been a bit of a working area recently, with my fiddling about on the stream and the Golfer tackling the starlings’ hedge (I heard them chattering away in someone else’s trees today – hurrah!) but has now been cleared of debris:
The main borders look green but not exactly lush, as the geranium and astrantia are generally past their best and later contributors are not yet flowering – with no sign at all of the monarda which were looking promising last year. Definitely work to do here, but at least the hostas are looking good:
The geraniums at the foot of the posts in the clematis colonnade, despite being chosen for their long flowering season, are going through a lull at the moment, but generally I am pleased with how this feature is settling in down and by next year the clematis themselves should all be more established too:
A view of the woodland edge border from the right hand hot border shows how foliage can play a part in the garden, with pulmonaria, persicaria and thalictrum all making a contribution whilst the geranium phaems, even without flowers, add to the structure:
The hot borders, like the curate’s egg, look good in parts but I am realising afresh how hard it is to maintain a succession of colour. Last year the geum flowered over a much longer period as did the gaillardia which seem not to have survived the winter after all. The nasturtiums are making a great contribution and I don’t know why I didn’t grow them last year, and there are more crocosmia and (hopefully) some dahlias to come:
In the fruit and veg area at the bottom of the garden the tomatoes in the greenhouse are looking both healthy and happy, whilst fruit in the fruit cage has all been picked up to date, the courgettes and squash are romping away (still don’t know why), the climbing French beans are producing a small but steady crop and the newly designated nursery bed plays host to numerous young plants:
Restricting the view of the blue & white border to one photograph doesn’t show it to full advantage, but it’s coming along tolerably with echinops and eryngium starting to contribute to the colour. The centaura has all but completed flowering and forms an untidy mass of spent foliage which needs to be dealt with, some possibly dug out, a treatment maybe required also by the tradescantia when it too has finished flowering for the year:
The rose garden is also undergoing a lull, but the lavender planted at the foot of the roses has done astonishingly well, having been grown on from tiny pencil plug plants that were a postage only offer last year – I have yet to be aware of a distinct smell of lavender though:
Heading back to the house past the sitooterie, the species snowdrop border is looking happier this summer, with the addition of some white hardy geraniums and the white petunias in the troughs doing well, the whiteness lightening up what can be quite a bland border out of season:
There are parts of the garden I tend not to focus on in the EOMV, mainly to reduce the number of photographs required, as it is quite a lengthy process to process and upload them into the post. I have, however, found it a useful exercise for my own records, to monitor the garden from month to month and year to year. If you would like a better idea of how the garden fits together there is a ‘map’ under the The Garden tab.