After a lovely month of warm and dry and sunny weather in May and some sunshine and showers in June, July has started off dull and wet and windy, though not particularly cold. Still not the weather to get out in the garden although after four days away I certainly needed to do some work. Even in such a short period away it is amazing how many things had stopped flowering and how many had started, not to mention how much has grown!
So let’s have a quick look at six things in the garden this week:
(1) This pretty deep pink unknown clematis is happily climbing the fence at the side of the conservatory which it shares with clematis texensis ‘Princess Kate’ which isn’t open yet, a white rose and the Jasmine thug, which has been kept cut short this year. (I don’t expect to see many flowers on that).
(2) Clematis ‘Prince Charles’ on the other-hand is in the woodland border where he grows up and through a very ancient clematis Montana which didn’t flower very well this year and desperately needs cutting down. But what on earth would I do with all the growth! These photos are taken with the morning sun behind which illustrates the lovely bars on the flower, however Charles is much bluer than these images suggest.
In containers are a selection of (3) Cosmos, now flowering their hearts out. I just hope the rain and wind don’t destroy them.
In the bee and butterfly bed the (4) daylily has gone mad, throwing out spikes of flowers which contrast beautifully with the purple (5) Verbena ‘Lollipop’ which is supposedly shorter than bonariensis , though it seems pretty tall to me.
(6) Also in this bed is a lovely deep purple Salvia, Lavender Munstead and a Cape Fuchsia (Phygelius) a lovely orange flower with a bright yellow inside, which sadly can’t be seen as the bell flowers hang their heads.
I really hope that the summer weather returns, but as Cornwall is now open to visitors I will probably remain close to home for the next few months. As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.
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