End of Month View: July Tomorrow, Or So the Calendar Says

I am not quite sure what has happened to June, but it has all but gone. What a brilliant month for blooms – roses and aquilegias and alliums in particular but ably accompanied by  geraniums and geums and the first of many annuals. Every day has brought new discoveries or the reappearance of long since seemingly lost treasures – but each day has also necessitated rambling with the secateurs to nip off spent blooms or developing seedpods, as well as collecting handfuls of annual weeds pulled easily out of the damp soil. The month began hot and dry here in the UK Midlands but then a fortnight of mixed showery weather brought ideal growing conditions and progress has since been rapid, bringing flowering of later plants like dahlias and the majority of annuals ever closer.

End of month photographs of the garden can be seen in the slide show below, although this does not include the greenhouse or cutting beds which I usually update separately during the month.

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Helen the Patient Gardener is keeping a lower profile in the blogging world for the time being but is still kindly hosting this end of month meme. Thank you to her for hosting and do take a look at her blog for links to monthly progress in other people’s gardens.

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18 Responses to End of Month View: July Tomorrow, Or So the Calendar Says

  1. Christina says:

    Oh! wow! Cathy, your did get on top of everything for your open garden day; all the paths immaculate and inviting exploration, just perfect. All the areas have something interesting to reveal, your daily rambles must bring you great joy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – The Golfer and his knees were responsible for the paths and doesn’t it make a difference? (the equivalent to neatening the edges of lawn, I think!). Showing the garden in a slideshow like this somehow adds to the effect, and there are some views I have rarely shown – like those through the clematis colonnade, and the hostas at the side. But yes, it looked acceptable (to me) on the day although if it wasn’t for my embargo there are some gaps I might have added some bought plants to, where my own annuals weren’t yet making an impact. Definitely the right time to open though, even if the roses were not at their peak.

  2. rickii says:

    What a pleasure to have this comprehensive overview of your whole garden.

  3. What a wonderful wander around your garden – it looks fabulous!

  4. I loved your slide show , it gave such a good overview of the garden, which, I must say, is looking fantastic !
    My roses are so much later than yours seem to be (we are in the East Midlands, near Hull). There are some which are not even in flower yet.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jane – I really feel it is coming together now and there has definitely been some other wordly magic going on in it this year. Looking at the GW weather stats which they did last year we are definitely more East Mids, but just on the fringe so of course far further for the coast than you. We had a really hot and dry spell from mid May till mid June and this seemed to pushe the roses ahead, although Rambling Rector was later than he used to be. The ones outside the rose garden itself are still looking floriferous and are probably more continuous flowering – perhaps I need to rethink the latter… ps haven’t made it to Hull before and would love to see the Humber Bridge so one of these days….

  5. Anca Tîrcă says:

    I have always liked the way the gardens look in June and yours is so beautifully romantic!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anca – and yet in some ways it is a crossover time with some late spring flowers like aquilegia still in bloom

  6. lynnekovan says:

    Just beautiful! I’m in the process of planting a new garden here in Nova Scotia, Canada, and found your pictures inspiring!

  7. Cathy says:

    A wonderful tour of the garden Cathy, and it is looking so good too. I love all the different areas and views!

  8. Pauline says:

    Help! I can’t get your slide show to work, but I’m sure your garden is looking wonderful after your Open Day!

  9. Your garden looks wonderful! (I wish my garden was half as neat.) I like the slideshow format too. Did you use a special app or is this an option available as part of WordPress?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – believe me, it doesn’t always look that neat! The slideshow is incorporated into WordPress but I have been reluctant to use it often because of the black background. It is useful when there are a lot of pictures and you don’t need much text though

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