I have been rather absent from blogging recently. It started with a lovely holiday in the South Tyrol in June, but then it was full steam ahead to get my garden ready for a charity open day in July. More about that later, but for now I need to catch up with the End of Month Views for June and July. I vowed I would keep up this year and I did indeed take the required photos – but that was it!
On the other hand I have finally produced a plan of the garden which I have been intending to do ever since I saw Cathy’s plan. I have to admit, though, that the reason I was finally motivated enough was that I have entered a Garden of the Year competition run by our local newspaper. The prizes include tickets to Chelsea next year! We had to submit 200 words saying why our garden is special, up to 6 photos and a plan. I ended up writing a poem as I couldn’t fit everything I wanted to say into plain text. That could have scuppered my chances though as I am not usually one to wax lyrical.
Anyway back to the garden. This is what the Romantic border looked like in May,
It is difficult to beat the view with the Clematis, but here is the same view in June.
The Clematis and Tulips are gone to be replaced by the wonderful Geranium x magnificum. This geranium is very popular with bees, but it is one that doesn’t reflower if you cut it back.
Looking right towards the bottom of the garden you can see another clump of the blue geranium and in the background a puce coloured Geranium psilostemon.
The delphiniums put on a fantastic show this year.
The garden has really enjoyed all the rain and most plants have done better than usual.
The honeysuckle was no exception.
My trumpet honeysuckle even put in a very rare appearance.
The Alpine Mint (Prostanthera cuneata) is a small aromatic shrub well worth growing.
I planted a new variety of Dutch Iris last year.
I expected these to be more red, but I suppose they are different from the blue ones.
Which do you prefer?
Anyway to get up to date here is the End of Month view for July.
It is all change again. The Geraniums are finished and the pink Astilbe is fully out. That is a rather vivid pink Cosmos behind it – a bit brighter than I expected! In the middle you can see some lovely white Viola cornuta ‘Alba’ – a present from a gardening friend last year. You may also be able to see the penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’ which much prefers this sunny position and has produced some very pretty white blooms.
In July looking right
I love this time of the year in the main border. The delphiniums are over but there are lots of vivid reds and oranges coming out. The Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ look magnificent and the Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’ is bigger and better this year.
I think that is more than enough for one post – I will show you some photos of my charity open day shortly with more garden photos.