I had taken photographs this afternoon of blooms that were coping with this month’s heat and dryness to link to Chloris’ monthly meme so was pleased to see that she has posted details of her choice July blooms today. Do visit her blog to see them and links to those of other gardeners; thanks for facilitating this, Chloris.
Most of my choicest blooms are in the cutting beds this month where they have less competition for water and nutrients; the nicotiana above, however, are in the green and white summer version of the snowdrop border where they have flowered consistently for weeks, even without regular deadheading. Seeing this picture I am seized with the urge to go and remove some of those spent heads I can spy! This is the first year I have successfully grown nicotiana and this variety, N elata ‘Nicki Lime’, has been completely trouble free, sown on 2nd March and in flower since mid June. You can just see its ‘pink’ cousin, N elata ‘Nicki Red’, in the bottom left hand corner of the picture below:
The picture focuses on one of many persicarias in the garden, several of which are now in full flower and going from strength to strength. This is ‘Jo and Guido’ and below is ‘High Society; none of these seem to be bothered by the heat although P ‘Red Dragon’ (not shown) has been flagging.
Phlox paniculata has waited till July to begin blooming and is also beginning to make an impact. I think this one is ‘Windsor’ and the very reliable one below is ‘Lilac Flame’:
I suspect I mentioned Amaranthus caudatus last month but regardless of this it deserves another mentioned; it is such a stunningly attractive and tactile bloom, with its miraculously long tassels which are astonishing even by Mother Nature’s standards. The rudbeckia is ‘Marmalade’, with gloriously cheerful blooms which like its near neighbour in the cutting beds, ‘Irish Eyes’, positively glowed in the failing light when I watered tomatoes in the adjacent greenhouse just before I went to bed last night. The foliage on the former, however, is not coping as well with the heat.
Most of my newer clematis are C viticella and these have been gradually coming into flower over the month, providing welcome colour throughout the garden; this one is ‘I am Lady Q’ and this is the first time she has flowered, some clematis seeming to take longer than others to establish themselves.
Of course the dahlias are all beginning to bloom more freely but are not yet at their peak so they will not feature till next month; meanwhile the roses are slow to continue flowering after their initial and stupendous main flush and a thorough downpour would do them, and of course the rest of the garden, the power of good. Sadly, it still doesn’t look as if that will be happening in the forseeable future although we have had about three half-hearted and very light showers in the last week or so. Let’s hear it then for the blooms like those described above (and the verbena below, V ‘Sparkle Purple Blues’) that are doing their best to ‘cock a snook’ at the prevailing weather conditions.