End of Month View: Another One Bites the Dust

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust

That’s certainly how it feels at the moment, as July comes to a close and we are poised to step forward into August. The month is finishing with baking hot temperatures (over 30°C here), making any work in the garden impractical and uncomfortable even in the shade, but we are expecting it to be at least ten degrees cooler tomorrow with a chance of rain, so the heatwave will have been short-lived (“Hi! Bye!”) and normal gardening services can soon be resumed.

I love the above view, the only view of the garden I get from the house other the adjacent streamside and shrub border shown in the next two pictures, and how it gradually becomes more enclosed as the season progresses; similarly, the shrub border fills out as the herbaceous foliage emerges and rose bushes clothe their naked twiggy bodies:

The woodland remains fairly stable during the summer and there is no evidence of any of the spring bloomers other than droopy primrose leaves:

The view from the bothy shows the changes made to the main herbaceous borders in the last month, less evident from ground level at the usual vantage point:

For those who may not have read recent posts, the two big borders were essentially cut in half and the path in front of them moved to dissect them, gaining some extra planting space and easier access to the borders as well as the opportunity to edit the content, which is why some of them look relatively empty. Without having garden openings to focus on, there has been more time to cast a critical eye over the whole garden and these borders were the first ones to be tackled.

Walking through the woodland edge, the culling of some of the hardy geraniums last year has given a less overgrown appearance and recent trimming of the neglected mid-hedge (mostly hazel and dog rose) has reduced some of the shade. We try to keep this to a manageable height otherwise it soon gets out of hand, although the dog rose looked especially pretty earlier this year!

The bold borders have received attention in the last month too, with an edited version of #2 and a large aconitum removed from #3. The first and third will get the full editing treatment later in the year.

Through the gate we move to the dahlia borders and cutting beds, full of abundant colour and bringing much joy:

It is hard to get a good vantage point to show the blue & white borders, but they too have seen some editing with the removal of two more aconitum, leaving large empty spaces to fill as part of a more considered planting scheme:

The roses are on the verge of a second flush, so there is not much colour in the rose garden itself, but the views of the clematis colonnade beyond can be enticing, where the clematis have excelled this year:

Walking back towards the house, the snowdrop border with its summer annual visitors, bought-in white bedding plants, has been disappointing and will need to be rethought for next year:

Down the side of the house we pop into the Coop, realising that the contents desperately need watering before any more photos are taken, and then continue to the Coop Corner and the hostas and ferns of the shady corner:

And that’s how the garden looks at the end of July, as we rush through 2020.

Don’t forget that there is now an aerial view of the garden as well as a map under The Garden tab above, and there is the usual end of month video too. Following comments last month I have again included a commentary with the video and intended to add background music too, but failed dismally to include both, something I will try and rectify for next month. You can view the video here

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12 Responses to End of Month View: Another One Bites the Dust

  1. FlowerLady says:

    I love your garden and thank you for sharing it. You inspire me. Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – it is a pleasure to share it with others and one of the nicest things about physically opening it to visitors is when someone says they are taking an idea home with them

  2. Heyjude says:

    I love wandering around your beautiful garden and it makes me feel better knowing that you don’t always get it right (the white border) as I am struggling with what to do in one of my raised beds.

    • Cathy says:

      Glad to know you enjoy rambling round the garden with me Jude. I do try to tell it how it is as and share the not-so-goods as well as the goods. This bed worked OK last summer with a similar mix so it is probably weather related but there were a lot of plants and therefore a lot of money wasted. I used to have hardy geraniums and other white perennials but found their roots swamped the snowdrops (the specials), so I took them out. I will go back to looking at easy white annuals to grow from seed – but not too tall. Or perhaps I could have them taller and net them like the cutting beds…hmm, that’s a thought. Thank you! 😊

      • Heyjude says:

        There’s a thought. I could use it for annuals. The ammi majus and visgna looked good with cosmos and Scabious. I could add cornflowers and nigella to the mix. The perennials I have seem to struggle.

        • Cathy says:

          This was the perfect example of how inspiration arrives, Jude! When I rambled a little later, contemplating this bed, I realised there was no reason at all why I couldn’t grow taller annuals and net them. I know I can grow cornflowers, cosmos and helichrysum successfully and can persist in attempts to grow ammi, so could have swathes of them across the bed…problem solved, and I am excited by the prospect! And it looks as if you have come up with a solution for a difficult area through the same train of thought!

  3. pbmgarden says:

    So delighted to ramble with you, hear your voice and see the garden in this way. It’s much more extensive than I’d realized. Love the overhead shots as well. You’re amazing. Thanks.

    • Cathy says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed it, Susie, and found the map and aerial view. When I saw the aerial views I was shocked by the amount of tree cover it showed – it really brought it home how shady parts of the garden can get, although we are taking another of ours down as is a neighbour, which will help. We are going to have more photos done in the different seasons – one of our neighbours is a professional photographer and has a drone

  4. What a lovely wander through your garden with you. Loved hearing your voice and getting a little glimpse of you. It have a better sense of it now. Gorgeous!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sandra – I need to work on the video technique though! At one point this time I kept jabbing at the pause button, but missing!

  5. Anna says:

    Oh another month done and dusted Cathy and I’ve still to watch your June video. I will have to a have a double view on a rainy day. I’m sure that we must have at least one this week if not next 😄 I’m thinking about my snowdrop border too. I have a lovely white epimedium in mine which I hope to be able to divide soon so I have a few clumps and white dicentra but it’s a question of what else to grow there to show some colour as the year progresses. I also have the white version of thalictrum ‘Splendide’ which is a beauty but is possibly too big.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, that’s the trouble with saving things for a rainy day – we don’t always have them! With a narrow border a big variation in height doesn’t work – but I have now found the ‘pathway’ through a comment thread with Jude! Perhaps you might want to think along similar lines…

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