Sunday, 16 August 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day August 2015

We had a fleeting encounter with summer Wednesday/Thursday this week.  We were keen not to get carried away, it was forecast to change again on Friday.  And change it did!  The weekend has been none too bad either, might we call this week summer!  Excuse my sarcasm.

Sanguisorba after the rain


In the sunny border things have got a bit too pink in the corner nearest the house.

Bloooming righ now: Allium, Sidalcea, Sanguisorba, Veronicastrum, Salvia, Stachys, Phlox and Nepeta 
  
Just out of shot the first Anemone flower is open.  This is supposed to be Anemone Ruffled Swan but it appears the bloom is a single rather than the semi-double I was expecting.

Anemone, Sanguisorba and Potentilla

The Agapanthus pots are also coming into bloom.  Agapanthus africanus (right hand side) was a huge clump of bare root plant I picked up for a little over £2 back in February.  It filled a 12l pot and bargain of the year in my book.


My favourite spot in the whole garden at the moment.  I'm sure I said that last month too!

Roses, Achillea, Rudbeckia and friends

Bought as plugs back in February Begonia Glowing Embers are exactly that!  These I think are not the tuberous variety, probably not worth the effort to bring through winter.

Begonia Glowing Embers

The beautiful Salvia Amistad.  Cuttings from last year's plant, 16 in all, I was hedging my bets.  I gave half of them away and the remainder fills gaps in the front garden.

Salvia Amistad

Some more blooms in the front garden.
Hemerocallis Crimson Pirate
Rudbeckia Summerina Brown and Orange
Cosmos Chocamocha - Rudbeckia - Helenium Ruby Tuesday 
I was glad I found time to take some pictures while the sun shone yesterday.  The rain has wreaked havoc with the Helenium.  Suffice to say they look as if they've been dragged through the hedge backwards now!
    
Helenium Moerheim Beauty

Ligularia Brit Marie Crawford and Persicaria amplexicaulis JS Caliente

I was not surprised to find this Hellebore in bloom up on the top tier.  This is the third year in a row it has bloomed in August.  But never quite so prolific as this year.

Helleborus orientalis

Persicaria Red Dragon blooms getting ready to take over from Digitalis mertonensis.

Digitalis x mertonensis and Persicaria Red Dragon

Hosta Blue Cadet is not being put off by the wildly ways of the Persicaria.   I like these two plants together, I must remember to move the Hosta forward a bit next spring.  Most of  the other Hostas are in bloom now too.
Persicaria Red Dragon and Hosta Blue Cadet

On the arch/trellis, The Wedgewood Rose has had a bit of a tough year.  Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky is just about to do its thing.

Rosa The Wedgewood Rose and Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky

In the shady border, the Polemoniun are getting going for a second time and in the background one of my favourites, Kirengeshoma palmata in the background is also coming into flower.

Polemonium, Hosta and Heuchera
  
Rounding up this month's Bloom Day post are the tiny flower buds of Cyclamen hederifolium just nosing their way from beneath the surface of the soil.  Thanks for reading.  

Cyclamen hederifolium with aphid!

41 comments:

  1. So sorry about your mild/non-existent summer, and that the rain made such a mess. It's always something in the garden, they are such a challenge. You do have such pretty flowers. I've never been able to get a Helenium to look as good as yours!

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    1. You are right Alison, there is always something. In true British style though, I am complaining about the weather! Apparently and it's what I've done previously is lift and divide the Helenium every 3 or 4 years. It's supposed to make stronger plants. It seems to be working. I just wish I could get Echinacea to do the same!

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  2. Hi Angie,

    Sorry to hear you're having a bad summer and by the sounds of things it's worse than ours. I'd say we've probably manged at least 2 weeks of summer this year. Go us.

    Your garden is looking very well regardless now if only you were able to sit out and enjoy it.

    My mum and grand parents have gone up to grantown on spey... Let's hope they get some good weather.

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    1. We've had frost Liz - that's how bad it's been!
      I hope your family are lucky - I've a work colleague who has been up there this last couple of weeks. I haven't heard how the weather is but hope it improves this week. It's good today so far.

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  3. Dear Angie, sorry that the weather is messing around with you! I can imagine how frustrating it is. But, the photos from your garden don't show that at all. I can just repeat myself: I simply love your garden and it always makes me happy to get a peek.
    For me your sunny border isn't too pink at all, I think it is just right. I can see why the area with the yellow roses and other warm colored plants is the favorite spot in your garden. You outdid yourself with the compositions there!
    The salvia 'Amistad' is very pretty and the Wedgewood Rose even though a little tattered, oh my gosh sooo... beautiful.
    Reading your blog post really lifted my mood and I feel more ready to tackle my pile of work on my desk. Wishing you a happy week!
    Christina

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    1. Christina - I feel awful complaining about the weather when I read what is going on with you over there.
      Glad to make you happy and hope I've helped you tackle all that work you've got to do. With your heatwave, probably best indoors than out.

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  4. There is always so much to see in your garden, your Heleniums are doing so well, love that Salvia Amistad which I have never seen before. Also the Persicaria Red Dragon is a beauty, but most beautiful picture is of the Wedgewood rose. Then the photo with all the beautiful different foliages is wonderful too, that must be a great spot in your garden.
    Have a nice gardening week with hopefully some sun!
    Janneke

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    1. Thank you Janneke - P. Red Dragon has beautiful foliage and worth growing it from that as the flowers I feel are rather disappointing in comparison. Wishing you a good week too.

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  5. Beautiful Hellebores!
    It's been awhile since I heard the expression 'dragged through the hedge backward' - it made me smile!

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    1. Glad to have put a smile on your face Lea :)

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  6. Lots of lovely colour combinations, Angie, its all looking fab, apart from the drookit plants!

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    1. Thank you Rona. I was quite surprised to see the Sanguisorba picked itself up. The shorter one I grow usually doesn't.

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  7. What a beautiful garden, Angie! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much Anca. Glad you have been inspired.

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  8. What a dreadful summer you have had, but your garden has been enjoying it and everything looks wonderful. I love the Sanguisorba. Your ' favourite spot in the garden' is gorgeous, I can see why you love it. Such lovely colours. Lots of beautiful blooms!

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    1. Thank you Chloris. I am quite fond of the sanguisorba too. It was a small division I was given by a friend and I was none too sure of it in previous years but now it has bulked up I like it. I'm glad I didn't rip it up.

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  9. It’s amazing how different the weather has been in different parts of UK this summer, we have had an amazing summer for the third year in a row, but I don’t think many other parts of the country can say the same. Hope you get some warm and sunny days!

    I totally understand your favourite spot in the garden, your golden colour scheme is a great success and you should be very proud about that. And how nice to see you have a summer flowering hellebore again, it seems there are more and more of them and I get contacted by people from all over the world who also have some because of the posts I have written about mine. My own is also flowering right now, but very sparse, it was dug up and squeezed into a pot so I am surprised it even managed to flower at all. I will give it a nicer place than it had in my old garden so it perhaps can grow a bit bigger and flower better.

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    1. Yes, I remember your summer flowering Hellebore too Helene. Just goes to prove that plants don't read gardening books! This one ends up in quite deep shade when the perennials are up so wonder if it gets fooled into thinking its a different time of year due to lack of light. Who know!

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  10. The persicaria that you sent me has made four good plants so thank you.

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    1. I'm sure you won't be disappointed with it Sue. It's a lovely plant.

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  11. 'Glowing Embers' certainly lives up to its name. Anything that makes me feel a bit warmer is more than welcome! Maybe we'll have an Indian summer? No, I'm not holding my breath either.

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    1. How nice would it be to have an Indian summer. We can both live in hope can't we Jessica.

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  12. Hellebores blooming in August? How lovely, Angie, as it never happens here. You have some beautiful flowers in spite of your terrible weather. I particularly love the Agapanthus which I can't get here and miss terribly. P. x

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    1. Such a shame to read you can't get Agapanthus there Pam. Are you able to send for it mail order? Mines get kept in a cold greenhouse over winter. 2 of them have no ID and I am not sure if they are hardy or not but I don't take any chances.

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  13. Those warm colors must keep your garden feeling cheerful even in soggy weather! Your favorite area is looking especially nice, good job Gardener!

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    1. Those warm colours certainly do the trick. I can see them from the lounge window, it's cheery when the weather is miserable.

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  14. Pink does have a way of asserting itself in the garden, doesn't it? But you have some perfectly scrumptious golds and blues. I'm sure that corner with the roses (is that Lady of Shalott in the back?) and achillea would be my favorite too, though your trellis with the Wedgewood Rose peeking through is lovely as well, no matter if it is draggled ;-) I do miss Cyclamen; it can be grown in mild winter climates, but I'm sure it would be asking too much of it to fry it through one of our summers. Hope you get a little more August before long!

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    1. I'm sure the Cyclamen would not appreciate your heat there Amy. Which is a shame, they are pretty wee things to have around the garden.
      Well spotted, yes Lady of Shalott. She is a beautiful rose. Strong, healthy and more so been flowering non stop for a while now.

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  15. It's funny about pink - it's not my favorite color by any means yet it always seems that I have plenty of it too. As usual, your garden, despite your miserable summer weather, looks beautiful (even given the soggy Sanguisorba). I love all the warm peachy-apricot tones. But Hellebores and Cyclamen in August - what's the world coming to!

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    1. Pink does find it's way into many spots in my garden. It clashes terribly with some plants and I should really get rid of one or two else where but can't bring myself to do it.
      I commented to Christina above that I feel awful for complaining about the weather here and I really do mean that. I should count my lucky stars.

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  16. Angie, we have the same cold summer, the night temps are +8C only. I love your anemones and Agapanthus , next year I will plant it in a pot. I also liked hellebore: ha, ha it blooms in August, well done!

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    1. Yes, very similar summers this year Nadezda. Give the Agapanthus time to mature and fill out a pot and you won't be disappointed.

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  17. I've read somewhere recently that apparently this time of the year is quiet in the garden. Your blooms are proof of just how wrong that idea is! I adore all your bronzes etc in the front garden, what a delight they must be for people walking past your house. I'm envious of you getting 2nd flowering on your Polemonium. I forgot to cut mine back so no 2nd flowering for me... Lovely post Angie, a feast for the eyes.

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    1. I think the weather here in Scotland allows us to get a good show at this time of the year Julieanne. Things are just catching up and what has gone over further south is just getting going here. Or at least that's my theory anyway.
      It's always good to get blooms for a second time but I'm sure next year you won't forget.

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  18. Hmmmmmm....red rudbeckias..... NEED more red in my garden. Your looks stunning as per ☺

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  19. Your garden is looking quite beautiful! I've never seen a hellebore bloom in August before! How wonderful.

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  20. Your garden is looking quite beautiful! I've never seen a hellebore bloom in August before! How wonderful.

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  21. Your borders are looking so great! I have never heard from an Orientalis blooming in August, I will ask my gardener friend.

    Sigrun

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  22. Your favorite spot would be mine as well!

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  23. What superb blooms, Angie! Your Glowing Embers are wonderful - non-stop begonias seem to grow well here, so I shall look out for this variety to plant near the Red Hot Pokers! Thank you so much for your comment on my Buddleia post. The globosa variety looks incredibly stylish and exotic! It has not been a bad year for butterflies here, but they have been in patches. LOTS at Wicken Fen and Minsmere, not so many in our garden! And I hardly saw one at all on our Scottish holiday in late June. Do let me know if you find out anything more!

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  24. I was wondering how your salvia cuttings fared Angie - now I know :) Fingers crossed for some balmy September weather. There's a definite north south divide!

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