I have been trying to take photos for the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day the last couple of days, but it hasn’t been easy – dodging the showers! I so wanted to show you how much my garden has progressed since last month and it would have been nice to show everything off in glorious sunshine, but alas, the rays of sunshine have been few and far between the last month. Well, not just the last month, the last three months to be honest!
But I have managed to take my photos, some of them even in pouring rain, well, what don’t I do for my beloved readers! I was outside yesterday with an umbrella to protect my camera, wishing I had at least one more arm so I could hold the umbrella and the camera properly without getting too wet! My garden is still later than any year I have gardened at this house, without much sunshine there is no way it’s going to catch up but everything is getting there, eventually. So, despite being middle of July I still have only Lilium reagale of my oriental lilies in flower, the rest are in buds. And the crocosmias have just barely opened, many weeks later than last year, same with the hydrangeas – probably 4 weeks later than last year. But I have lots to show you, my garden is lush and green from all the rain and there are colours wherever you turn, here is a selection for you.
|My astilbes are flowering, they were moved last year when I redesigned the garden and now got a much more prominent place which they rightly deserve.|
|I love this plum-pink coloured Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in Pink' ....|
|....but the purple astilbe is great too, although it didn’t have any fancy name on the label, just ‘Astilbe!|
|And just behind the astilbes is one of the groups of Lilium regale in full flower.|
|These highly fragrant trumpet lilies fill my garden with the most exquisite scent.|
Here is my dahlia corner. I have 5 dahlias, 3 called ‘Sunshine’ and 2 called ‘Striped Vulcan’ The latter hasn’t flowered yet, still even waiting for buds on the one at the front!
|And this is a pot rose I bought in a supermarket some years ago. |
After it was finished flowering I planted it out and it has been
outside ever since. Look how tall it is!
|.....look at the flower next to my hand!! I have quite large hands, but the size of this flower is gigantic!|
|The flowers are delicately pink/purple.|
|And this is my third hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'. Despite lots of staking all the rain has weighed down the heavy flower stalks and it is now a bit of a mess.|
|The flowers on the dregea are tiny, but with masses of them they cover the inside and the outside of the arch.|
|My Acanthus spinosus has started to flower. This year I have 11 flower spikes! Never had that many before. I guess the rain has been doing some good here too....|
|Acanthus spinosus is also called Bear's breeches and is often viewed as a weed, I quite like this architectural plant with these tall spikes that flower for weeks.|
SEE THE POST HERE This year’s summer hellebores are just emerging, here is the first flower and there are more to come so I can see a separate post about this topic coming up a bit later this year too :-) And just in case you were thinking that this photo might just be one I had saved from February; here is the tiny bud next to my astilbe, which definitely doesn’t flower in February!
So that was a selection of my flowering plants in the middle of July in my tiny London garden. I have more summer plants to come, thanks to the cold weather we have had, and my autumn plants are just coming into buds. Why don’t you head over to Carol’s at May Dreams Gardens and see what other people around the world have flowering in their gardens right now, on this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Until next time, take care.