end of month view ~ July

back home to a very overgrown garden, and, lots of red tomatoes on the windowsill tomato plants,
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with all the rain and cool temperatures the foliage growth is massive and to be quite honest I’m fed up with it, before I went away I just wanted to clear it all, I did cut back a lot, the only good thing about it is that the compost heap is growing, the lush growth is not good, it is too weak and floppy, with all the rain it just collapses, also all foliage and few flowers is not good for wildlife, so the rose borders are lush with foliage and a few flowers, not much in the way of roses, roses clearly need warmth,
the species rose border from both ends,

July

July

June

June

a closer view, this astrantia has been flowering for some weeks now, I divided it and both pieces are doing well, infact all the astrantias have been flowering well,
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I’ve been meaning to write about the other side of the border where the narcissus were flowering in spring, I have planted taller plants between the narcissus in the hope they will grow up as the narcissus died back and help hide the dying foliage, I moved some Gladiolus Nanus there when I planted the narcissus, they have flowered each year and are in bud now, then I saw some Liatris Spicata and added them, they need a longer summer as they come into flower as winter starts, much too late, last winter I dug up a larger clump of Allium schoenoprasum ‘Forescate’, large pink flowered chives, from the little front bed, divided I put several clumps between the narcissus, they flowered well earlier, I’ve also planted a Hemerocallis. Pink Damask that I was given which looked very healthy when I left and had just started to send up a flower stem, however though the flower stem has grown the foliage has started to turn yellow, I hope it is alright, I still have lots of spaces for more plants between the narcissus, I only want sword/strap like foliage as it better hides the dying narcissus foliage, the liatris foliage does not work so well, the strap like foliage is a nice contrast to the rose and under planting foliage too, any ideas of what else may work appreciated, with all the rain nothing that needs dry soil, I’m starting to think along the lines of bog irises, I know they don’t show up but believe me the gladiolus buds are there,
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the Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon silver’ has flowered, it is a bit over whelmed by the other plants but seems happy to have company and the foliage is almost evergreen so will be seen again, the magenta flowers look so much better when there are other flowers from the same area of the colour wheel near by,
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with the wine red astrantia and pink geranium they are no longer screaming at me like a sore thumb,
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the new phormium bed is between the rose borders, just a quick update, the plants added are all growing but like to many plants this year, lots of foliage few flowers, the cuttings I took from the lavatera have taken well, I also took cuttings from the euphorbias I planted and they seem to have taken, I hope to add them to this bed, I am thinking of moving some of the orange geums here later in the year, the wild grass at the far side of the bed will soon be cut and dug out, I had left it waiting for the daffodil foliage to die back,
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not much on the rugosa rose border, having been away half the month I only managed a little weeding before I went and it now looks like it hasn’t been touched, I am pleased though that Rosa rugosa, Yellow Dagmar Hastrup has pushed up some new shoots, a few years ago the new growth was killed by spring winds and it has still not recovered fully and of the many rugosa rose cuttings I took last year, though only 3 survived, 2 are RR Yellow Dagmar Hastrup, the other being RR Alba, so with the mother plant improving and 2 small plants in pots I am not so afraid I will lose this rose, it is lovely when in flower,
just a couple of photos as there is nothing much to show, the yellow flowers are allium moly,
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RR Blanc double de Coubert has had lots of buds but with all the rain the flowers are not developing well, RR F. J. Grootendorst has just started to produce buds, this time last year both these roses had been flowering profusely,
RR Sarah van Fleet is managing best with all the rain, though the wonderful perfume cannot be enjoyed without some dry, sunny weather,
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the little bed in the front garden however is doing well, I am still quite pleased with it and have added some more plants, a purple flowered geranium and some aquilegias, since the bloom day post I cut the white daisy and moved it else where, though I love them it was not right here and I have a ton of them in the jungle front bed, the Kniphofia are in flower and the Hemerocallis have sent up flower stems,
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I thought I’d add a photo from another direction, I dug up and divided the native primrose, P. vulgaris and planted them along the path and the Carex ‘Frosted curls’ are filling out after dividing the plant last autumn, in the pots is Lysimachia nummularia Aurea, Golden herbtuppence, it was infested with other plants so I dug it up to clean it and found it was not one plant but lots of little plants, so I have put them into pots and will replant when they have out grown the pots,
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one of the things I’m liking is the colour changes through the seasons, it starts with cream, yellow and purple crocus, then blue from Scilla siberica, followed by bluebells and Geranium phaeum, then after a couple of weeks of foliage the colour changes to pinks from geraniums to be joined by the oranges of kniphofia and hemerocallis,

thanks to Helen for starting and hosting End of Month View, please click through to Helen’s blog to see more EoMV posts,

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Nymans – again ….

Down south again, went to Nymans Monday, posting from the dreaded tablet so words will be few and photos so, so, took 189 photos here are the first few,

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I had a lovely day and enjoyed it, x

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wordless Wednesday ~ blooming July

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the little bed

middle bed

middle bed

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the jungle

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the ditch

the ditch

alder garden

alder garden

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damp meadow

damp meadow

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birch garden

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species rose border

species rose border

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and now the wild ones

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wildflower slope

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the wild willow patch

the wild willow patch

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wild orchids

wild orchids

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tree following ~ July

I’m rather late with tree following because I was not going to do a post this month, but, here it is, the reason I was not going to post is because seeing the pine deteriorate is sad, I noticed on all the pines that there were few female fruits this year, I have never noticed it before, anyway, just the one view from the green side (east), it is about one third green and two thirds brown now, the top has some green so it growing upwards,
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the crab apple has not changed much unlike the rest of the tweenie garden, the foliage has filled out a bit, it is not alone though other deciduous trees and shrubs are leafing out much later and slower this year, I think it is the cool temperatures,
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now, why I decided I would post, I wanted something ‘happy’, well, a weird and nice thing is happening to the spruces, they are putting out more fresh foliage than ever before in the 13 years I have been here, could it be they like the cool summer, at this stage the needles are soft and stroke able, green fingers,
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thank you to Lucy for hosting the Tree Following meme and encouraging us to look closer, follow the links to Lucy’s blog to see more tree following posts,

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end of month view and wildlife Wednesday

end of month view ~ June,

there is an abundance of leafy growth every where, some flowers are slowly appearing, it is a bit warmer this week, it is also wet and windy,
Species rose border,
adding more plants to the species rose border has made a difference, I know it looks fuller because the roses are leafing out and the perennials have grown but the extra plants have made a difference too, this border is 23′ 6″ long and the extra bit not planted yet is 4′ 6″ so when that is planted it will be 28′ long, the width varies slightly between 4′ 6″ and 4′ 10″,
June
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May
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there are some flowers and even one of the roses has buds now, Rosa pimpinellifolia,
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I only realised when looking at photos on the computer that I had photographed the same area from both sides, probably because it has the most flowers,
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Astrantia major, masterwort, was given me a few years ago and I had planted it in the damp meadow where it grew but not a lot, 2 years ago I moved it to this border and it is clearly much happier as it has grown so well I divided it earlier this year, it was too tall for the rose it was near so I have put it either side of Rosa canine, Dogrose, the dogrose is the only rose in the border I didn’t buy, they were in the garden already and seed or sucker, this one grew a couple of tall stems and looked gawky, so I cut them down and I am pleased with how it is filling out,
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Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon silver’ is liking it’s new home and already growing much better than before, it has magenta flowers, more pink for the rose border,
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there is a space for another rose between the end of the border and the phormium, originally I was going to do that but after removing the lupin that was there, I kept using it as a short cut, feeling guilty for walking on soil, so when I finished off the curbstones and set out the phormium bed I decided to make a short path,
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and the new phormium bed is filling out, the comfrey is still flowering,
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Rosa rugosa border,

well to put it simply it’s a jungle of foliage and weeds, this planted part is 14′ long by between 5′ 6″ to 6′ wide, the alliums are leaning and some were snaped by the wet and windy weather, no buds on the roses,
June,
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May,
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I like the alliums and hesperis together,
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hopefully next month I will have been able to do some work here, I totally forgot to take a photo of the little front bed which is as lush with foliage as the rest,
thanks to Helen for hosting the end of month view meme, click through to Helen’s blog for more EoMV posts,

wildlife Wednesday ~ July,

when I first came across the wildlife Wednesday meme in May, I thought I’d like to join in, but I then missed June, now the first Wednesday in July is the day after my EoMV so I am posting the 2 memes together, I prefer not to but it is how it has worked out this month, when I was taking photos I hoped to see some wildlife on plants but not much due to the wind and rain, then I saw this hairy caterpillar, update, now I have done a search I think it is an Oak Eggar moth caterpillar,
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Stonechats often follow me around the garden when I go for a walk and today was no exception, I only have a basic point and shoot camera but it does have a zoom, so I zoomed and tried to take photos of them, he is dark but as you can see chatting away, the name stonechat is because their call sounds like 2 small stones being hit together,

male stonechat

male stonechat

she was more obliging and positioned in better light,

female stonechat

female stonechat

thank you Tina for creating and hosting wildlife Wednesday, to see more wildlife posts please click through to Tina’s blog,

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