Here's a glimpse of what you missed. Two unknown peonies together with P. Sarah Bernhardt, Fragrant Pink Imp and White Wings.
The sunny border outside the back door. Roses, Clematis, Geraniums, Astrantia, Nepeta and many more are putting on a fine show. The only disappointment here is the white rose (R. Susan Williams Ellis) in the far corner. Don't bother looking for it, you can't see it! Although it has bloomed, blooms were sparse and growth very poor, it has barely reached 2ft in height. It could be that there is too much competition but the other roses have done better with just as many plants competing for space. I tell myself that it's putting down roots, it makes me feel better about it.
|Rosa Rhapsody in Blue, Clematis The Vagabond, Rosa Princess Alexandra of Kent|
Clematis Mme Julia Correvon and Clematis texensis Princess Diana
|Geranium psilostemon, Phlox paniculata Violet Flame, Nepetas grandiflora Blue Danube and x faassenii Alba|
Through the arch, where sadly The Wedgewood Rose has not bloomed yet, the back borders are I feel still a bit mish mash but with a little work, a tweak here and there in Autumn I will try to correct that. I know the dangers of growing Aconitum but can't help but love them. A. Stainless Steel, rises head and shoulders above it's neighbours. The others in the side garden are horizontal due to my forgetfulness. I completely forgot to put in the support it needs in that windy spot. Here, in this corner it needs no support.
|Aconitum Stainless Steel|
On the opposite side, Ligularia przewalskii and A. napellus Gletschereis, try saying those two names together after you've had a few, are buzzing with bees. The strawberry foxglove (Digitalis x mertonensis) is one of those aforementioned tweaks! The beautiful red spires of Lupin The Pages are missing from this scene. The cats decided to have a bit of a fight and brought the entire plant crushing to the ground. Pesky cats! Lonicera periclymenum Sweet Sue is also just coming into bloom.
|Aconitum napellus Gletscheris, Ligularia przewalskii and Digitalis x mertonensis|
Ligularia The Rocket is finally in bloom, this is another combo in the garden I love. Trollius chinensis Golden Queen and Alchemilla mollis also getting in on the act.
|Philadelphus Belle Etoile, Astilbe Deutschland, Ligularia The Rocket and Trollius chinensis Golden Queen|
I took my eye off the ball in so far as the rambling rose is concerned. My routine of tying in those stems fell by the way side this year. Never the less, it flowers abundantly and with a bit of effort when it has finished blooming, neither the plant nor me will know the difference.
|Rosa Felicite Perpetue|
A few pots by the the arch, the Nepeta and Leucanthemum were lifted from the front garden, the cool weather meant that they transplanted into containers without flinching. This cool summer weather does have some benefit. The Calibrachoa and Begonia (pictured below) were plugs I purchased back in February. This is the first time I've grown plants from plugs. The cool weather I think has hampered the Calibrachoa. I had visions of deep purple blooms cascading out over those pots. Best laid plans and all that!
|Nepeta Six Hills Giant, Leucanthemum Snow Lady and Calibrachoa Cabaret Purple|
Out in the front garden there is plenty of colour. By the front gate, Leucanthemum, Achillea and an unknown Daylily (not as labelled) with R. Lady of Shalott make a fine display. The scent as you walk through the gate is equally impressive!
|Rosa Lady of Shalott, Leucanthemum Broadway Lights and Achillea Inca Gold|
The view from the opposite side. Both these roses (Lady of Shalott and The Lark Ascending) are by far the most impressive of all the new roses (planted 2014). They are healthy, floriferous and extremely upright considering the weight that must be in those blooms. Annuals at their feet are Begonia Burning Embers and Sanvitalia Aztec Gold.
|Rosa Lady of Shallott and The Lark Ascending|
Sanvitalia Aztec Gold and Begonia Burning Embers
The fading blooms of Achillea Fanal along with R. Port Sunlight in the opposite corner.
|Rosa Port Sunlight and Achillea Fanal|
|Rosa Teasing Georgia|