In a Vase on Monday: My Summer Garden

My Monday vase is certainly not as bright and sunny as our hostess Cathy’s (do go and visit her today at Rambling in the Garden), but it does give you a pretty good idea of what my garden looks like at this time of year.

A cutting garden would be lovely for Dahlias, sunflowers and other annuals, but the snails and slugs limit me to using containers for my summer annuals which then get baked in the heat and drowned in the rain. So I have limited them to a minimum this summer and only the Queen Ann’s Lace (Daucus carota) is in pots along with some Scabiosa and a few Cosmos. (Yes, the slugs love the Daucus leaves and have even devoured a few Scabiosa seedlings!)

The other plants I have used this week are all in the garden, or from the wilder edges of the garden! Red Knautia, white, red and cream Scabious, Persicaria ‘Firetail’, Teucrium hircanicum, Feverfew, Perovskia, Succisella inflexa ‘Frosted Pearls’, and some Anemone flowers and buds.

The red Persicaria had too little rain early on to develop nice strong stems, so it is looking a bit floppy this year. Hopefully the (torrential) rain we had yesterday will give it a boost.

Fortunately I put this vase together before the storm hit on Sunday evening… the Perovskia is prostrate, but no real damage was done.

Thanks to Cathy, and hope you all have a good week!

 

The Tuesday View: 4th July 2017

It is a warm and muggy Tuesday as I take my photos for my weekly look at the south-west rockery.

The ants have just flown and the sun keeps disappearing behind threatening clouds, but it remains dry. The garden has benefitted enormously from showers over the past five or six days, and the red Lychnis continues to provide splashes of colour.

The lavender is at its peak and the golden rod is standing tall, regardless of rain or drought, sun or wind.

The Perovskia on this side of the rockery will be opening soon, as will the Achillea in the round plant support in the foreground… it is just starting to show some yellow.

Here is the same view when the sun disappeared behind another cloud!

I look forward to seeing other Tuesday views this week. Do join me if you can!

In a Vase on Monday: Weird and Wonderful

So many weird and wonderful shapes in my vase this week!

Stately Heuchera, upright Allium,  silvery white Lavender, tall Teucrium hircanum, fresh foliage of Persicaria (‘Lance Corporal’), hairy Clematis tangutica seed heads, wiry Russian Sage (Perovskia) just before flowering, huge round globes of Cephalaria gigantea (looks like giant Scabiosa), curvy Willowherb, fluffy Melica ciliata, and the beautiful Daucus carota ‘Dara’ in its shades of pink (also not fully open yet, but I just couldn’t wait to pick one!).

Do visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and see what is in her vase today. And my apologies to Blogspot bloggers last week – I had difficulties posting comments, but your vases were – as always – wonderful! 🙂

 

Rose ‘Alcantara’

I repeatedly claim not to be a ‘rose’ sort of person. I appreciate them in other people’s gardens, especially the scented ones, but deadheading them is so tedious and they do tend to get greenfly, or black spot, or something. Having said that, I do have a few in my garden, one of which is a real beauty and I would not want to be without it: Rose Alcantara…

It domintaes the south-facing rockery in June, and when the Perovskia behind it also starts flowering this place is buzzing!

Rose ‘Alcantara’ seems to love being sun-baked at the top of this well-drained incline. This ground cover rose will continue flowering on and off throughout the summer, and I have never seen greenfly on it. It has survived our driest summers and coldest winters. It really deserves a prize. I would certainly recommend this to anyone with a hot, dry slope!

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Are you a ‘rose’ sort of person?

The Tuesday View: 20th June 2017

Each Tuesday I take a look at one view of my garden and follow its progress through the seasons. (Do join me if you can! Just leave a link below).

Not much has changed since last week, except that many of the plants in this area are beginning to look a bit frazzled (along with the gardener!). In addition, harsh light is making photos a bit tricky. But here is my view for today…

This is the driest part of the garden, and despite giving it a good drink with the hosepipe on two occasions, it is suffering from the heat, drying winds and lack of rain. No rain in the forecast as yet either…

Looking through the Acer I can see some orange blobs next to the Aruncus…

The Day Lilies have opened!

You can see the view better from the opposite direction in the morning light.

Another highlight today is the Stipa gigantea next to the red Lychnis coronaria.

Lychnis sow themselves all over this slope and, as they are pretty drought tolerant and love sun, I let them take over to fill the gaps.

If we don’t have rain soon I will have to switch to the south rockery for my view next week, as this south-west side will have only burnt offerings I fear!

Is it hot where you are? If so, what is standing up to the heat in your garden best this week?

 

In a Vase on Monday: A Seaside Vignette

My parents visited the British North Norfolk coast last week and sent me this card of Wells beach huts… in the snow! Well, that was perfect for cooling us down in the heatwave! I have never seen snow in Norfolk, so I wonder if this was just an artist’s imagination…

Anyway, it inspired this little ‘vignette’ with my own little beach hut purchased at the Anchor Shop in Blakeney in Norfolk last summer. And, of course, some peonies and Alchemilla.

The postcard with colourful beach huts on the sand is more familiar to me!

The single peony below (no name as it was wrongly labelled as ‘Bowl of Beauty’) has a lemony tinged centre and looked perfect nestled among the Alchemilla flowers. Mmm, like a glass of lemonade!

The main attraction is Peony ‘Festiva maxima’ though. Tinged with pink, its creamy white petals always remind me of ice cream with raspberry sauce! (Something else that would cool me down….)

Today is in fact a lot cooler and this morning was perfect for getting some gardening jobs done. A few showers have barely dampened the soil, so I am still hoping for some rain: May was far too warm and dry. Let’s see what June will bring!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme!