Gardening Magazine

End of Month Review - July 2013

By Ozhene @papaver
July has been hot this year, yes hot.  Hot for more than one day, hot for more than one week; most of July has been hot.  There has also been some welcome rain, sometimes torrential rain and also some rather spectacular thunderstorms.
As a result of all this the garden is growing at quite a rate!  Lets start in the front garden.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The front garden is doing rather well.  The lavender edges are covered in bees and butterflies, I cannot begin to tell you how happy this makes me.  Also as the heat has got in the higher numbers recently the smell of lavender as I walk through the garden has been intoxicating.
End of Month Review - July 2013 This patch of crocosmia is adding a nice bit of color in the corner, I am glad I did not remove it when I did most of the other crocosmia from the front garden last year.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The gravel garden is quite bushy and green.  It has enjoyed the rain and heat this year.
End of Month Review - July 2013 This ignored border by the bird feeder, (this must be the Bird Feeder Border, it is now duly named), is doing fairly well.  The phlox are looking nice and the red splodge of roses are good.  It is usually mainly full of germinated bird seed though.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The way into the back garden is looking quite nice, here are the cardoons and the amaranthus, both of which are doing very well.
End of Month Review - July 2013  End of Month Review - July 2013 Looking across the Conservatory Border, the borders are doing well.  I think I have allowed too many verbascums to grow this year, I shall have to edit more firmly next year.
End of Month Review - July 2013 End of Month Review - July 2013 In the Courtyard the olive tree is covered in flowers, I expect to be pressing my own olive oil in the Autumn.  (I don't really).
End of Month Review - July 2013 The Coal Bunker Border is sort of transitional at the moment, most of the Californian Poppies are over now and the asters are just waiting to get really started.
End of Month Review - July 2013 Did I mention I overdid the verbascums?
End of Month Review - July 2013 The Four Sisters are doing well, the Philidelphus 'Belle Etoile' flowered well and the others are thankfully not suffering from the lack of rain earlier in the month.
End of Month Review - July 2013 I've been working on the pleached hornbeams a bit too.  I feel like they are getting there, bear in mind I have no clue really what I am doing, but it is pleasing to me.
End of Month Review - July 2013 A quick look behind me shows the veg beds and the Rosa Hyde Hall hedge, which is flowering away like a good'un.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The peas and cobra beans have done really well this year, though the peas are a bit maggoty now which is a shame.  The courgettes are about to deliver their first fruit and the purple sprouting broccoli, spring cabbage and savoy cabbage have been planted out and are about to be consumed by cabbage white caterpillars.  I have harvested the garlic and that has done well and the onions will probably be pulled up soon.  I have also had a few potatoes too.  I only have two sweet corn and I expect little if anything from them.  I also have some yacon growing as they were sent to me by Thompson and Morgan to trial.  I haven't a clue what to do with them but I will find out.
 End of Month Review - July 2013 Anyway, through the pleached hornbeams we get into the the Wild Garden ahead and to the left and the Tree Lupin Border to the right.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The Tree Lupin border is growing quite well, and look - no look! The Dierama is finally flowering after waiting five years for this frabjous day!  I'm glad I didn't dig it up now.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The Tree Lupin Border is not the riot of color that I wish just yet, but as ever I live in hope.  The Zinnia Spiders are in flower and the first dahlias are starting to open.  Next month, next month.....
End of Month Review - July 2013 The Wild Garden is ok this year, not great, but ok.  The grass has been too long really and then it flopped quite suddenly.  There are some nice wild flowers dotted around but this year has not been a great year for it.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The Bog Garden has suffered quite badly in the heat, I have had to keep it watered as most of the planting is new.  Some has got quite crisped but the recent heavy rainfall over the last few days has really perked it back up.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The Woodland Border behind it is doing very well, that is far more established.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The teasel patch which borders the Woodland Border is magnificent this year.  Very happy with it, it is so tall!  Not so happy when I brush past it and get scratched to ribbons, but it is a small price to pay.
End of Month Review - July 2013 The other side of the teasel patch are the Prairie Borders.  These have been good so far this year.  The blondeness of the Stipa Tenuissima has made me happy, though the torrential rain has made it flop a bit so I have given it a bit of a hair cut to tidy it a little.
End of Month Review - July 2013 Back down then from the Prairie Borders with the Pond Border on the right and the Coal Bunker Border straight ahead.
End of Month Review - July 2013 I end as ever on the pond which after all the rain is really quite full, and also quite clear which makes me very happy.  Several dragon fly larvae have emerged and there are still a few tadpoles squiggling around in there.  Every day when I get home from work I wander around the garden and go and stare in the pond for a bit.  Maybe I expect to find the secret of the universe somewhere hidden in its depths.....
.... or just a sighting of Tiny the newt.
Thanks as ever to Helen for hosting this meme.  Apparently we are almost at August already!

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