|End of July 2015|
Autumn looms as I put together this month's End of Month View post. The front garden has filled out well. It's been exactly 1 year since I put some serioius thought and effort into this garden. There has been success and failure. More success than failure I am pleased to say. What started out as an orange/red/purple colour scheme has gradually morphed into orange/red/yellow scheme. The purples, which I have had most difficulty with have proved to be the trickiest to get just right. Salvia Amistad may be a beautiful plant but more at home in the pink/white/blue border round the back than out here I have concluded.
Looking west you can see that there are still plenty of blooms in the front garden. Some of the roses are taking a bit of a break but most of them will bloom again. Many of them have new buds. I want to at some point over the next month do a stand alone post about the roses and my experience as a newbie rose grower.
|Looking west - End of August 2015|
|Phormium Evening Glow|
The view towards the house, punctuated by the 3 clumps of Leucanthemum Broadway Lights. They are off to my brother's garden just as soon as I find time to cut them back and lift them. Yellow blooms in the foreground are Achillea Inca Gold and Crocosmia George Davidson. In the background Rudbeckia goldstrum in the far corner. I read somewhere recently that yellow can be the hardest colour to get right in the garden. This is one statement that I wholeheartedly agree with. Providing I stick to deep yellows or golds I should have no difficulty.
|Towards the house - End of August 2015|
Standing in front of the house, the view from here is my favourite spot to stand and admire the front garden. A bench in front of the window would be nice but whether or not it would get used is doubtful. You can see just how tall both R. Lady of Shallot and The Lark Ascending have got. The Lark Ascending needs moving back a little, there is plenty of space to do this and at the same time a side ways move of around 18 inches to balance the space once Lady Emma Hamilton is moved forward. More Salvia Amistad to the right. I already have some Crocosmia Hellfire to replace it and sandwich between the two roses.
|Towards the gate - End of August 2015|
I don't have an extensive list on what needs doing this autumn, just a tweak here and there should do it. Nothing terribly labourious. Right now I should really be focusing on spring bulbs but can't quite decide which, if any, I want to add here. You may remember my disappointment with a couple of my selections earlier in the year. Perhaps I am just being a bit too cautious because of this. I may just allow the crocus that are already there multiply naturally. In winter the front garden is very bare. I commented back in spring that ideally I'd like some Hellebores for winter colour. My main dilemma is just where to put them! I could possibly get away with a few dotted along the the gap between the hedge and the roses but wonder if they might hamper maintaining the hedge. This needs more thought.
I'd like to focus on a few individual plants if I may.
Digitalis parviflora Milk Chocolate. Three reasonable sized pots planted last autumn have failed to bloom this year. Disappointing really as I had high hopes for them. They are only now clumping up, you can make out the foliage just to the left of the Euphorbia in the shot above. Here's hoping they's finally got their roots down and can concentrate on blooming well next year.
Rosa Jude the Obscure has finally produced a bloom that doesn't appear to have balled. Hip Hip Hooray! I might get a sniff of the supposed wonderful fragrance this rose produces yet. I am giving this bud a wide berth for now in fear I put a jinx on it. There are in total another 10 buds, surely the odds are for rather than against at least one of them opening completely.
|Rosa Jude the Obscure|
The Potentilla I purchased and mentioned in my previous post, P. Monarch's Velvet is settling in and has began putting on new growth. The colour of the blooms is far more red than my camera has captured. I look foward to thses filling out for next year.
|Potentilla Monarch's Velvet|
You may remember that in spring I treated the border adjacent to the hedge to a good mulch of manure. Intending to beef up the hedge, which it has, it has also benefited the Tropaeolum speciosum. I have never seen it quite to vigourous before. Seen here taking hold over one of the Salvia plants. I am not complaining about this, not one single bit. I have promised one reader some tubers from this plant, you know who you are, I've not forgotten about you. They will be lifted just as soon as they start dying back. This apparently is the best time to do it.
|Tropaeolum speciosum and Salvia Amistad|
Crocosmia Jackanapes, a new plant here. Already in the ground sandwiched between two of the roses, it looks a bit cramped just now but once the roses are spaced better there will be more room for it.
That pretty much rounds up my post this month. I leave you now to catch up with all the posts I've missed this last week or so. Thank you for reading and if you are interested in taking part in the End of Month meme, please pop over to The Patient Gardener's Weblog. Everyone is welcome!