Looking at the garden as I rambled with my camera and then at the photographs taken to illustrate Garden Bloggers Blooms Day (kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens) it struck me that there wasn’t much in the way of cohesion this August. Obviously the wet winter, early spring and dry summer have produced very different conditions to last year, the first August I made a GBBD contribution, and I can look back and see a rather different range of plants, or certainly plants in a very different stage of growth.
This year there are the ‘hangers on’ – those that have been flowering for weeks and are still going strong, like the sweet peas and the zinc planters and the cosmos – and our good friend Annabelle of course; and there are the ‘staggers on’, those having a bit of a second flush like the Blush Noisette and Guinée roses. For the first time I have really noticed that Parkdirektor Riggers (not shown in this collage) has flowered almost continuously and that Danse de Feu (also not shown) is flowering as extensively in its second flush as it did in the first, and it is pleasing to see that the new Snow Goose, tucked into a narrow space against the wall, is showing signs of flowering almost continuously too. The various echinops stagger on a bit too, as even when they lose their colour the heads make a dramatic statement until the foliage dries and they keel over. The clematis, with some of the later varieties like Ernest Markham, Lord Neville and jouiniana ‘Praecox’ now extending the clematis season, go on a bit as well – not that I am complaining about these or any of the others that stagger on, of course!
There are still some newbies, like the Ruby Eclipse sunflowers and Bishop of Llandaff dahlia, both of which have been shown off this week and also – alas! – clumps of Cyclamen hederifolium which are a gentle reminder that summer is on the way out. Whatever month of the year there are blooms to be found in the garden – and I am grateful for them all, favourites or not!