Wednesday, July 31, 2013
It is pouring down with rain now. July has been hot for three weeks, then rainy for the last week. The garden needs watering though. There will be probably be the months rainfall in a week?
I hope August is hot and sunny. Butterflies, Bees, and Bamboos are the three B's.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
I already am planning the garden for next year. Change what is dying or struggling. Bring in new replacement plants, rearrange what we have growing. Its never ending with the changing of the seasons.Photographing helps capture moments in time when the garden or an individual flower looks perfect. Or an unexpected combination of planting catches your eyes. these are the jewel garden moments.
I cant believe its nearly the end of July. Being away for most of June has made it feel like a shorter growing season. The Roses and Lilys are giving spectacular amounts of colour.The pond is newly filled by a night of torrential rain.
I will do a blog post about them too. I love British Summertime..
Monday, July 22, 2013
The garden has been full of Bees, and Hover Flys. Also other flying insects. The plethora of flowers means their is a lot of nectar for the pollinating insects. I have not seen many Butterflies yet. A few Meadow Browns, and Cabbage Whites. Hopefully the Buddleja will attract them in.
The other two Roses still growing that have not flowered yet are the Hybrid Tea Queen Elizabeth (from Wilkos), and the Fryers Rose Scent Sation which has a new Rose bud just opening and the hint of Turkish Delight smell. I will photograph it when it opens tomorrow or Wednesday?
The Dog Roses have grown leaves from the bare stems, but no flowers. Maybe next year?
I love Roses. The gardens Lily's will be composted and new plants used to fill the Barrel and green planters.The Lily Beetles can find other gardens to breed in and other Lilys to destroy.
I want to buy a new Rose or two. A David Austin one called Jude The Obscure, a Rose called Sunrise, and maybe the original Peace Rose (named after the end of the second world war). Roses fill the garden with form, shapes, scent, and colour. I cannot imagine a garden without Roses in it.
The Bishoop Of Llanduff plants rotted away (too much watering!). I have seen there are more Dahlias for me to collect.I have Cantebury, Oxford, and Dover.
The hanging baskets have died off spectacularly. Only two remain in flower out of ten. I need more plants to fill the eight cremated ones.
The Strawberry bed has collapsed too in the burning hot days. It is forecast for a few humid days before some much needed rain may fall. The pond is a whole six inches lower now than in the Spring. It needs rainwater to top it up.