Having erroneously anticipated the end of the month for much of the last week, the end of July is finally well and truly nigh and I can post an EOMV with a clear conscience, knowing that it really is August tomorrow! Helen the Patient Gardener kindly hosts this meme where we can add links on her blog to what’s happening in our gardens at the end of each month – do look at her blog and follow the links to lots of other gardens.
Having had a good tidy-up in preparation for my NGS visitors yesterday it didn’t take long to whizz round this morning and photograph my monthly views, although as I did so I found I was already plotting and planning minor tweaks and improvements and I sense there will soon be A List… For today though, here is the view from the back of the house, the badly frost damaged pots in the foreground featuring for the last time as I have already bought replacements:
The shrub border is becoming an increasingly interesting feature as the plants settle in and become more established. I am especially looking forward to seeing the new grasses make their various statements:
You can’t really see the blooms on the clematis from this distance, but they are currently flowering on seven out of the eight posts of the colonnade. The heuchera and Acer griseum border in the foreground had the tile edging replaced just before we went away, raising it slightly to reduce run off from the previously sloping bed.
The bold borders are looking reasonably bold and colourful, the only disaster being the nasturtiums in the baskets which succumbed to heat or inadequate watering some weeks ago – or perhaps they had just flowered themselves out… Addition of annuals is proving to be a real asset in the top left and bottom borders – you can just see Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ in the former and Centaurea ‘Black Ball’ and Sweet Pea ‘Purple Pimpernel’ are still going strong in the latter. I have come to the conclusion that there is too much tall growth on the crocosmia, hemerocallis and inula in the top right border to attempt to squeeze anything shorter in as well, but there are a few additional sunflowers making a localised impact.
There is still a lull in the rose garden, but some colour is provided by the mixed pink annual seeds that were sown in the two main beds, mostly from the extra poppy seeds that were sprinkled around. I really need to plan for just two or three varieties of compact pink annuals here for next year, I think.
White annuals and foliage plants have kept the momentum going in the special snowdrop border, and building up the new level with additional compost and topsoil has definitely boosted the soil so hopefully the snowdrops will benefit too.
Finally, I have been rethinking the ‘hedge border’, and noting how well Hydrangea aborescens ‘Annabelle’ has done here – I have never been a huge hydrangea fan, but Annabelle is lovely and such a good girl that I am wondering whether to add a further couple of ‘green’ or white hydrangea to her right, including behind the Rambling Rector’s arbour where access is a little awkward… Something to ponder over anyway.
It has been a relatively good year so far for blooms in the garden – but I wonder if things will be fizzling out by the end of August? Thanks to Helen we can keep a record of such changes from month to month.