Blooming August

For the first time I’m joining in with Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I’m a day late and I’m not sure how to link to Carol at May Dreams Gardens but I did wish to post my August blooms, because who knows where I will be this time next year.image

First a pot of Agapanthus with 15 blooms. This isn’t a special named variety but I think it is fabulous and it has given me loads of new flowering plants for free.

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Still in the front garden my wonderful Hydrangea ‘Heinrich Seidel’.

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Jasminum officinale growing through Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’.

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And Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ growing through Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’.

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Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ has resumed flowering. She is picking up the colour of the hips on Rosa Glauca  Rubrifolia. The purple-leaved Acer has lost most of its leaves in this dry, scorching summer but otherwise looks healthy. Just visible is a grass, which could be Panicum. It has purplish flowers which I have failed to capture in this photo. The fuchsias add a colour clash which I think I like.

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Crocosmia ‘Honey Bells’ is just getting into her stride.

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Dear old Clematis ‘Mrs Betty Corning’. It took a long time for her to wake up this year. In theory her scented mauve-blue bells should be entwined with the shell pink rose of R. ‘New Dawn’.

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Here we have  Trachelospermum jasminoides, Clematis ‘Mrs Betty Corning’ and one shell of Rosa ‘New Dawn’.

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I love the coolness of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ with Geranium ‘Kashmir White’.

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Calamagrostis with Allium ‘Christophii’  seed heads, Penstemon ‘Apple Blossom’ and Verbena bonariensis, growing in front of the dusky foliage of Physocarpus ‘Diablo’.

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Cosmos ‘Purity’. (Shamelessly imitating Rusty Duck’s drop-dead gorgeous shot!)

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And finally this morning’s harvest.

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9 thoughts on “Blooming August

  1. What a beautiful selection of photos. I am particularly envious of the Agapanthus because it is exactly that spectacular explosion of blue that I aspire to – and fail.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, especially the Japanese anemone and the unusual yellow crocosmia. I love the rose too. You have been working hard, it’s all looking wonderful in your garden. And edibles as well, I’m particularly envious of the plums, brilliant. CJ xx

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  3. Your Agapanthus is spectacular, I’m very envious that it is growing so well for you. The Trachelospermum and clematis are an odd combination, one needing very free draining soil and the other requiring lots of moisture to perform well.

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  4. Well spotted! The TJ is growing in the sunniest south west corner of my garden with no mollycoddling while the clematis (or at least its roots) is deeply shaded by a philadelphus and a daphne and receives much less sunshine. I also mulch all my roses and clematis two or three times a year with a layer of home made compost to seal in any added moisture I apply. My garden is only 150 square metres and it is amazing how the soil varies even within such a small area. I have or had mostly impenetrable blue clay as well as small areas of free-draining gravelly soil, but nowadays at least the top six inches is a lovely crumbly loam the result of adding hundreds of cubic litres of home-made compost, grass cuttings, shreddings and leaf mould over the last 25 years. Talk about a labour of love!

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