After missing last month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, this month the blooms in our garden have multiplied so that it is hard to know where to begin. Or, more importantly, where to stop!
With beautiful ivory blooms, each dotted with the faintest pink centre on close inspection, the hydrangea paniculata ‘Bombshell’ is waiting for its new home to be cleared and dug over, but still brings a huge smile to my face – I can’t wait until these heads of flowers are nodding over the lawn from the border.
The yellow rose is still throwing out flower after flower. In this picture you can see the bright yellow of a fresh bloom, and behind it the dusty pink blush on the fading petals of an older flower. I love the colour progressions that this plant displays.
Continuing along this border by the field, ammi majus that I grew from seed are coming in to flower now, their delicate heads drifting above the foliage of cosmos.
Beside them, a mound of what I think must be leucanthemum that we inherited and managed to leave in situ in this border has spread and bloomed in its new freedom.
I like the slightly dishevelled petals on these daisies, giving just a gentle air of informality without fussiness.
Nearby, the echinacea purpurea that I raised from seed last year and over wintered in the vegetable patch are starting to flower for the first time. I love the neatly arranged spikes in the centre of the ring of petals just starting to form
Cosmos ‘Tall Sensation’ and ‘Candystripe’ are blooming throughout this border, so far in various shades of pink and white. This pink one has a face the size of a dinner plate… well side plate, then. Wonderfully big and flat, anyhow.
It complements the phlox paniculata ‘Starfire’ that I bought at Malvern rather well; although this is starting to look a little tired now after a few weeks in flower.
We extended this border last weekend almost to its full extent, and I have been enthusiastically adding plants to it since – moving this phlox from its original position where it was suddenly swamped by the expansion of the leucanthemums and almost lost. The full reveal will have to wait for another post, but it means there has been a lot more going on in this border than ever before!
More cosmos are blooming across the other side of the garden, in the small square of border reclaimed last month. This one particularly caught my eye, with its slightly rolled petals, reminding me of some of the dahlias which exhibit similar curling.
The knautia macedonica that I planted here is still blooming magnificently; I love its rich dark red against the fresh green of the cosmos foliage around it.
Snapdragons are starting to bloom at the front of both borders, in whites and pinks, with some dark ‘Black Prince’ plants still to open – I am looking forward to their dark velvety red flowers.
But I shall pause there in the ornamental garden, with a last glimpse at the limnanthes that have begun to bloom in a pot alongside a red pelargonium, just beginning to open its buds.
More poached egg plants are just coming into bloom around the vegetable garden, hopefully bringing in hoverflies and other beneficial insects.
The vegetable garden is a sea of colour at the moment: beside the flowers on the vegetables themselves, hot orange and bright blue abound from the calendula and borage I raised from seed.
Here in this rich soil, several of the borage plants have expanded beyond all expectation until they are several feet across and at least three feet tall. Sadly, the time has come to repatriate some of these back to the ornamental garden, if I can find space, as they are starting to sprawl across the runner beans and the paths rather too rampantly. They are always covered in bees though…
Self sown nasturtiums from last year’s companion plants are starting to bloom now – so many appeared in the spring and early summer that I have been pulling them out by the fistful from the vegetable beds, and the half-dozen that I raised from seed are still in their pots as the beds already have more than their quota. I suspect I won’t need to grow these again for some years – and perhaps I should try and limit their seed-setting a little this year too!
The small wigwam of sweet peas in the squash/sweetcorn patch are now in flower, all dark red or white, sending their wonderful scent wafting across the air every time we pass.
The hard landscaping is complete, we still have a lot of work to do now: tidying up, redistributing piles of soil and preparing the ground for lawn or beds, but despite this the garden is a riot of colour. Not to mention the produce coming from the vegetable garden. Wonderful July.