Monday, 20 July 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2015

Here in the garden at home there seems to be lots of purples, pinks and whites, that serene, laid back period in the garden before we land in late summer and autumn and all those oranges, yellows and reds. There has apppeared some rather nice colour combinations too with pink Astrantias and purple hybrid dactylorhiza. I shall leave you enjoy the photographs, the plants speak for themselves.

Astrantia 'Roma' and a hybrid Dactylorhiza looking really good together

Astrantia 'Buckland', I love this genus and have at least siv varieties, they grow in most situations and flowers for
a long time

Briza media, a delicatly flowering grass but can get quite big, looks
can be decieving, but worth growing

Dianthus 'Houndspool Ruby', I grow it in a pot on the patio, a glorious scent when you step outside in the evening

Mentha 'Eau de Cologne', great minty smell but must be grown in a pot or bucket, as with most mints it will take over the
world given half a chance

Geranium psylostemom, gets tall but lovely with pink roses, Allium giganteum and pale Aquilegias

Semperviviums or house leeks, who's have thought something so small and unasuming as the house leek could have such
 outstanding flowers? 

Sempervivium var.

It's been a wet and cold July, even for Scotland, we are averaging temps of 13 to 14C and lots of rain, which is
great for the plants, I guess.

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' with rain drops

A particularly fine speciman of Primula florindii Red form, selected by myself. I am hoping to get seed from it this year,
it is scented along with it's yellow ans orange cousins, great for damp spots in the garden

We've already harvested some kale and potatoes, nothing better than home grown

Viburnum chaixii 'Album', bit of a self seeder but worth growing for these glorious fluffy flowers once you get up close to it.
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  1. Astrania are one of my favourites too. They seem to like the scottish weather. You've just reminded me that I never notices the P. florindae this year. I must pop out and check when it stops raining.
    Super shots of the semp blooms, they are fascinating, aren't they?

  2. Hi Angie, yes Astrantias are super tough for Scotland, I've been in and out all day avoiding showers, potting when it is raining, weeding when dry, crazy summer weather. Semp flowers are amazing, like miniature crowns :)

  3. I love your pink Astrantia, so pretty with the purple and blues. I'm sorry to hear that you've had lots of rain, but you're right that the plants seem to be thriving as a result and that's always a comfort to gardeners. Your flower close-ups are lovely :)
    Cathy x

    1. Hi Cathy, thanks for your lovely comments, another good thing about the rain is it dampens my hayfever! The Astrantia is gorgeous, I also have 'Roma' which is darker and 'Snowstar' which is almost white, great plants :) x