I heard on the BBC weather today that here in the south-east of England we have had warmer than average weather for the last 8 months in a row. I can believe that! We had an amazing summer last year, I didn’t think we would get a repeat this year, but here we are at the end of July and it looks like we really are repeating last year’s amazing summer. Long may it last!
Last summer I grew sunflowers for the first time, they were supposed to be 4-5 ft tall. Anyone visiting my blog last autumn will probably remember my 10-12 ft tall monster sunflowers that I gave up deadheading in the end. This year I grew them in pots instead of straight in the ground, hoping that they would not need to ‘stretch’ themselves between the rest of the plants. None of the sunflowers were planted in the ground until they were much taller than the rest of the foliage in the beds. All the 8 sunflowers this year are much taller than me already. I guess I am in for monster size this year too. I wonder why they grow so totally out of proportions in my garden? I haven’t fed them at all, not a drop or grain of anything. Just watered them.
Speaking of monster size plants, the dark pink hydrangea is almost 2m tall now, and the Goliath Lilies behind the fence, which is just over 2m tall, is another foot above.
The Goliath Lilies are in their third year and will probably be even taller next year when fully mature. It’s a good thing all the flowers are facing downwards!
Another monster in my garden, this is a new begonia, with absolutely HUGE flowers! I have 3 of these, and I guess this is an example of how breeding creates results that can’t possibly manage by themselves; all 3 plants have to be heavily staked, since the flowers are so huge the stalks flop by the weight. I have never had a begonia that needed that amount of staking before – but the flowers are beautiful though.
And now, to this month’s video of my garden. Spoiler alert: like the previous months, this film heavily features my cat! But I thought that if Monty Don can show off his Golden Retriever every single week then surely I can have my cat in my monthly ‘End of Month View’ garden videos?! Sorry if you don’t know who Monty Don is, he is a bit of a garden guru on BBC’s Gardeners’ World and pops in to show us how to do this, that and the other in the garden every Friday – along with his dog.
Anyway....here is my End of Month View for July, with my cat and my monster sunflower plants, and look out for my kitchen garden, on top of my nursery shelves – 4 containers with edibles: herbs, and for the first time, chillies and tomatoes!
As always, if you have the speed for it, my films are best viewed in full screen (button in the bottom right corner) but remember to change to 720p or 1080p, depending on your download speed or else it will get too fuzzy. Here’s 5 minutes and 36 seconds of my July Garden, accompanied of some nice music.
My July garden has that jungle-feel I like and appreciate during the summer – so different to my January garden with open flowerbeds and understated flowers. A garden like mine is never finished though, and I am forever planning new things and changes. My next big project is to rescue those 2 poor clematises that needs much better climbing frames than they have at the moment. I also would like to move one of them to the opposite side so that I can get to enjoy the flowers much more (and my neighbour a bit less), at the moment, most of the flowers are facing south towards my neighbour and if I want to see the clematises at their best I really should pop over to my neighbour. Moving such a large clematis is no small job though, and the opposite bed is full anyway so something has to come out of there first! A job for a nice November day (week) I think.
That was the tour for end of July, thanks to Helen at the The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for hosting this meme, if you head over to her blog you will find many more End of Month Views.
That’s it for this time, I have lots of photos taken during July that I would like to show you, I just haven’t had time to post them. But I hope August will be a bit quieter. Probably. Possibly. Maybe. We’ll see!
Until next time, take care,