End of Month View: It Really Is!

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:

IMG_5507The 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:

IMG_5508The woodland changes little during these summer months:

IMG_5491Having the bothy chimney as a viewing platform pays off at this time of year as it gives a good view over the herbaceous beds:

IMG_5492The same beds from ground level:

IMG_5493You 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.

IMG_5494The foliage in the woodland edge border keeps the momentum going with or without blooms:

EOMV1The 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.

EOMV2IMG_5498Just a peek through the gate at the fruit cage and veg bed, and the greenhouse and cutting beds:

IMG_5501 IMG_5500The blue & white borders are now dominated by echinops, just starting to colour up, the first of the phlox and the reliable veronica in the bottom picture.

IMG_5502 IMG_5503There 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.

IMG_5504White 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.

IMG_5505Finally, 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.

IMG_5506It 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.

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29 Responses to End of Month View: It Really Is!

  1. homeslip says:

    This is such a useful exercise isn’t it. Your garden has so much going on every ramble must throw up something new. White hydrangeas are lovely aren’t they but is their winter colour as good as the pink variety?

    • Cathy says:

      It is indeed. Annabelle always looks good overwinter although her heads are brown – I suppose the pink ones fade to a dried pink colour…?

  2. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Quite a view, Cathy!Very romantic and elegant your garden.

  3. What a lovely wander around your garden with you!

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    Hydrangeas and annuals make a great contribution to keeping the garden colourful from now on.
    That said I like the calm green oasis of the woodland walk.

  5. rusty duck says:

    Looking good Cathy. Not a hydrangea fan either but I do love Annabelle. I have the pink one and am seriously considering adding the white.

  6. Pauline says:

    Love Hydrangeas, there are so many different ones with different shaped flowers, they provide so much colour all the way through summer to autumn. Your woodland edge is still looking good, an oasis of calm between all your colourful flowers.

  7. I’ve learned to love hydrangeas, even mop heads, but I’ve always admired Annabelle, yours is looking great!

    The RHS trials bulletin of 2008 is a nice place to window shop for a companion for her. Have fun!


    • Cathy says:

      Annabelle has done so much better since she was moved – she used to be in the special snowdrop border but probably gets more sun here. Thanks for the link – I will have a look

  8. loved the tour thanks for sharing.

  9. Christina says:

    I’ve been looking at Annabelle for a large pot on the terrace, I think she would enjoy the shade of the wisteria and I could give her adequate water.

  10. Noelle Mace says:

    Enjoyed the ramble!

  11. Chloris says:

    What a lovely tour round your garden, it all looks lovely Cathy. I love Annabelle too but if you want another white Hydrangea, Madame Emile Mouillère is gorgeous too.

  12. Hannah says:

    I love all your hardscaping, the brick, stone and concrete, they give your garden so much structure but are lacking in mine. I also like your woodland edge, I appreciate the shade gardens I have, the weeds don’t seem to be able to grow there, and watering is easier. Your flowerbed are still looking great too, so many flowers still.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Hannah – I do like to see brick in the garden and the StoneMarket slabs we have also used look really effective as they are moulded to look like real stone. With a bit of miss between them the paviors look acceptable too – and paths like this make all the garden accessible whatever the weather which is an added bonus.

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