It was a joy to reconnect with the garden again after being away, a time to examine and reassess, to observe and consider – and to pluck the odd spent rose head or two of course. On the paved area ‘Dance de Feu’ is having a second flush on the pergola, as is ‘Munstead Wood’ in the big round tub, its new stems now pleasingly growing strong and straight,very different from the floppy stems it has produced up to now. In the foreground Sweet William, bargain plants from Aldi, are flowering well despite the lack of watering they get.The inspired use of the dead stems of the viburnum I somehow killed off (perhaps not personally, but it feels that way) to grow sweet peas up seems to paying off as they are growing strongly and getting ready to flower (left), whilst the big galvanised container has quickly filled out with fuchsia, petunia and a few spare Ammi visnaga and is also preparing for a big flourish:
The main herbaceous borders do look a little tired now, but the phlox are starting to come into their own, gradually building into reliable clumps:
The bold borders also are chocabloc with foliage, not necessarily a good thing, particularly when you see or push through the jungly growth of the right hand border. Somewhere in the midst of those are some dahlias – growing them in pots next year and placing them in the borders is beginning to look like a good idea. At least the sweet peas are continuing to do well!
Beyond the wall the greenhouse and cutting beds are beginning to look more productive – particularly as the former received far more water while we were away than it usually would, thanks to our neighbour’s efforts. Various varieties of tomatoes are beginning to swell and I shall be watching out for the first ripe one, whilst on the staging a number of peppers and chillies given by a friend are also doing well, although I have to confess to being a little hesitant about using the latter – nice to see them growing though! The tomatoes are a mixture of my usual ‘Gardeners’ Delight’, the large ‘Marmande’, a trial of ‘Elisir’ for Which? Gardening and a couple of others from the chilli friend.
Stars of the blue & white border are a white phlox and a blue herbaceous clematis both of which have names that are not on the tip of my tongue – also various echinops and Rose ‘White Goose’ which is settling down very nicely against the wall. I shall look forward to it all the more in a few years time when it (they, as there are two of them) has really got going.
This End of Month reconnection has shown me how much annuals and pots make a huge contribution at the end of July – something to work on in the future. The dry summer has made a difference of course, as in two months we have had 3 thunderstorms but no rain in the weeks in between – and although rain is forecast for tomorrow we have heard that before and will believe it when we see it. Thanks for rambling with me at the end of another month – don’t forget there is a map of the garden if you are unsure how it all fits in, and do visit Helen’s blog at Patient Gardener to view other gardens as she kindly hosts this meme.