Blooming August

 

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Unique’

 

 The mid-month bloomers post seems to come round ever more quickly these days. That’s summer for you I guess.

But things are especially early this year it seems. Looking back, the September post of last year is more like this one than is August. Last year Spring was cold and quite late, this year’s was exceptionally mild.

On the Hydrangea paniculata the blooms, emerging pure white just a month ago, are fading already. Fading elegantly it has to be said, but it is going to be over far too soon.

 

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Hydrangea (inherited, variety unknown)

 

My love hate relationship with hydrangeas continues this year. The white varieties, especially the paniculatas, are above reproach but I’m still not sure about the colours. Not until they start to fade anyway. Then I adore them.

The specimen above is interesting. It is easily four feet high by as many wide and yet lived happily, or it did until our paths crossed, at the very front of the lower terrace bed. One of my earliest evictions, it’s now perched at the top of the hill where it leads a much quieter existence and has a lot more space. It must be happy enough because it has flowered again for the first time this year. Previously deep pink, some of its flowers now bear shades of blue. I’m thinking of getting some soil acidifier for next year and pushing it all the way.

 

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 Dahlia ‘Karma Chocolate’

 

So far, August has been wet in the South West. It’s enough of a challenge taking the photographs for the post, let alone getting any meaningful work done outside. Hot summer colours shine through regardless.

 

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Persicaria ‘Black Field’

 

The Persicaria I purchased last year for the slope is already four times larger and threatening a takeover bid.

On the strength of it I have just purchased ‘Orange Field’ as well.. a lovely salmon/coral tone. They may spread, but where they are growing the weeds are not and that is fine by me. I just wish suppliers would be consistent with plant information. I can find heights listed for this variety ranging from 2 feet to 4 feet on the internet. What’s a girl to do?

 

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Anemone hupehensis Praecox

 

Less vigorous for me here are the Japanese anemones, but they do at least have some flowers. The plants seem smaller than last year and one of my three has died. Perhaps in the fullness of time they will suddenly take off and I’ll have to eat my words.

 

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Anemone x hybrida Honorine Jobert

 

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Phygelius

 

It’s still possible to get surprises, even after living in a house for a couple of years. This popped up around the side of the greenhouse after we cleared the border in front of it earlier in the year. A gorgeous deep coral, the yellow throat is just visible on the open bloom.

But Oh what a performance to photograph. Did I mention it’s been raining?

The original target for the shot was an alternative stem, standing out against the dark background of trees. But the only way to capture it was to get down on the ground. Mike carefully spread a black bin liner over the wet gravel but he couldn’t crouch down quite low enough, it would have to be me. My head was spinning trying to focus the image while effectively hanging upside down. And every few minutes we had to pick up all the kit and run for shelter as another torrential shower came through.

Until, with the benefit of an ant’s eye view, I spotted a section of the plant that we’d been constantly stepping over. It’s actually the better shot.

And not before time, I dread to think how many inches of rain have fallen since then.

 

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Tricyrtis formosana ‘Pink Freckles’

 

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Alstroemeria Princess Diana

 

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Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue

 

I’ve been admiring Perovskia in so many places lately, a purchase was well overdue. This is a compact form which will look great in the terraces…

 

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Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow White

 

.. along with this similarly compact Echinacea.  I hope it lasts longer than other new varieties that I’ve tried.

 

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Fuchsia ‘Blackie’

 

A tender fuchsia, overwintered in the greenhouse. When the skirts of this one start to emerge they really are almost black.

 

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Tillandsia

 

I’ll leave you with a couple of highlights from inside the house.

An air plant has just produced a stunning flower spike. The tiny purple blooms only last a couple of days but the pink flower head remains much longer. It doesn’t need any soil to grow. Just a spritz with a water spray every couple of days.

 

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Oncidium heterophylla

 

And I really wish you could have a sniff at this orchid. The scent is reminiscent of the very best Belgian chocolate and it can completely fill a room.

I’m hungry now.

 

 

 

Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find other August bloomers from around the world.

 
 

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89 Comments

  1. Isabelle August 15, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful photos and flowers – I adore dahlias, and I don’t know what it is about anemones, but they always move me. Your garden is certainly full of treasures, Jessica! xxx

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Isabelle. Anemones are so useful, flowering so late. And really good for me too because they don’t mind a bit of shade. I hope I can get them going. I’ve seen huge clumps of them in other gardens and they look fantastic.

  2. Sue@GLAllotments August 15, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

    I bet at least you were sprawled out in private to take your photo. Some of us have to do this under the public gaze and are probably considered to be eccentric at best – idiots at worst.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      I hope (for our sakes as well when we are out and about) people look on with awe and respect at the sight of a very serious photographer at work..

  3. wherefivevalleysmeet August 15, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    As August moves towards September I feel a sense of loss within the garden, but your photos have revealed that there are still plenty of flowers to be enjoyed – I love the photo of the Alstroemeria Princess Diana with the bold black background complimenting it.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      I’m noticing the nights drawing in and the shadows lengthening. In our shady garden it gets cool too early now, so I am feeling the same loss. I’m trying to create more of an all seasons garden, it makes me feel slightly better through the gloomier months.

  4. threadspider August 15, 2014 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Looking great, Jess. You have dome very choice plants there, especially that Hygrangea. I have persicaria on a list for an autumn project, but I worry about spreaders a lot. I’m inundated with crocosmia that is a devil to get the of and fear introducing another demon. On the other hand, persicaria, especially Orange Field is lovely.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Oh, don’t mention crocosmia! The terraces were choked with the stuff when we moved in and it’s in plenty of other places around the garden too. It is a devil to get rid of. Look forward to hearing about your autumn project.

  5. Sigrun August 15, 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Like in Germany, rain rain rain, cats and dogs. The next days I can not work in the garden. Your Fuchsia I had years ago, in late Autumn I give them always to friends as a present, we can not overwinter them.
    I have the same Phygelius, baught in Britain. I love them so very much, they are so special!

    Sigrun

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      I must dig up the Phygelius and move it to somewhere a bit more hospitable. It is tall too, at least a metre. I hope for both of us the weather improves.. there’s just too much to do in the garden!

  6. Jacqueline August 15, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

    What beautiful specimens you have Jessica ….. inside and out !
    I love that Perovskia. I’m going to get one. Also, we have 4 different hydrangea paniculatas …… two new ones calle Vanilla Fraise and Limelight which have been great this year even though they are only one season old. I am now going to pick your brains. I read somewhere that you should prune them to get bigger flowers. Do you prune yours and at what time of year and how far back ? Thanks !! XXXX

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure I do it right so I found this for both of us, it’s from the RHS. They should know…

      Hydrangea paniculata and H. arborescens are treated differently. Although the only essential work is to remove dead wood in spring, these species flower more prolifically when pruned back annually to a framework of branches. Each spring, cut back last year’s stems to a pair of healthy buds to maintain a permanent framework. To produce larger flower panicles on strong, upright branches, hard prune to the lowest pair of healthy buds, creating a low framework of branches. This usually results in a pruned framework of no more than 25cm (10in) high but, if more height is required, cut to about 60cm (2ft) tall.

      Hope it helps!

      • Jacqueline August 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

        Thanks Jess ……. hope we get it right !!!! XXXX

        • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

          Pruning makes me nervous! It sounds a bit drastic to me but I’m sure the RHS know what they are doing..

  7. Linda August 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Bravo!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Loving your white hydrangeas too. Have a good weekend at the cottage.

  8. Chloris August 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Lots of wonderful plants in bloom and amazing photos. I am going to have to get that Dahlia, I am mad on the dark red ones and have been trying to breed darker and darker Bishop of Llandaff’ s children.
    I love your Hydrangea paniculata. I find myself liking Hydrangeas more and more.
    That Oncidium is divine and fragrant too? Wonderful.
    It’ s raining down there, I take it? I think you might have mentioned it.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      This is the first year I’ve had dahlias. My father was an avid grower and I think I was dahlia’d out as a kid. It used to be one of the plants I’d have put on your hate list, but I am coming round. This one was picked out by Mike, flower unseen, from the name and the description. It’s a cracker. Deep chocolate brown on opening and then rich maroon red. Dark foliage like Llandaff.
      Tomorrow, apparently, there’s a less than 5% chance of rain. Not that that counts for much.

  9. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD August 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Beautiful selection of plants in your garden. I love the look of the Persicaria but I am worried about its spreading habit, so I just keep looking at them and holding off actually planting one. I am not sure if I could manage to get anything done with a chocolate fragrance filling my house! Few plants as beautiful or as fragrant for indoors as orchids.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      I may well regret planting the persicarias, but for the moment they serve a purpose. There is not much else up on the bank and they really do keep the weeds down. I would like to think they are easy to dig up and move to do the same job elsewhere, but I suspect I know better.

  10. kerry August 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    some gorgeously photographed beauties there! The tillandsia looks intriguing!

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Kerry, thanks and welcome to rusty duck!
      Air plants have to be the most user friendly houseplants. I’ve had this one years and literally all I do is give it a water spray every day or so. And it returns the favour with these exotic blooms. Perfect.

  11. Em August 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Love the sound of the smell (if you see what I mean) of that orchid! My favourite outsider is that first hydrangea – absolutely gorgeous. x

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Em. Both the sound and the smell are calorie free. The craving they generate is not.

  12. Alison August 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Some of my flowers seem early this year too, all the way over here on the other side of the world. It’s funny, the things we go through to get pictures of our gardens. That’s a beautiful Fuchsia, the one called Blackie. Got to find that. Happy GBBD!

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Apart from the garden fuchsias that I inherited, and have run too wild, this is the only one I grow. It’s worth a bit of tlc over the winter.

  13. Dorothy Borders August 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Your photography is terrific. We have several plants in common but yours look much nicer than mine! I especially love your hydrangeas, which is something that I’ve never had luck with and that dahlia is striking. I planted dahlias this spring, but only one came up. And then it died. I think I’m not meant to grow dahlias.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      This is the first year for me with dahlias, so it may yet come to nothing. Especially as the slugs seem to have found them already. They are not reliably hardy here and I’m lazy when it comes to digging things up. It will get a heap of mulch. You have so many things that I would seriously love to be able to grow!

  14. Charlie@Seattle Trekker August 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I am always looking for new suggestions for my garden so your photo display was really appreciated.

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Charlie. Our climates must be quite similar? Seeing a lot of gardens from Portland on blogs at the moment and they are giving me some really great ideas.

  15. Denise August 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Wouldn’t it be great if that chocolate dahlia actually tasted of chocolate? Beautiful photos (as always) you Photography Queen, you!

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Wouldn’t it just. The chocolate cosmos too. Chocolate with fibre, imagine that.

  16. Pauline August 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Stunning photos of really beautiful flowers Jessica. Your small Perovskia looks lovely, my taller one was tumbled by Bertha!

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Thursday night’s wind and rain even got the small one. A limb of it is now residing in a vase. I think it will recover though. Thanks Pauline.

  17. Rosie August 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous August blooms. Love the hydrangeas – ours have faded already – and the japanese anemones, they always grow so well in our clay soil. The perovskia is very pretty too:)

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      It’s encouraging to know that your anemones are growing well in clay. There is hope for mine yet!

  18. snowbird August 15, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    So many beautiful plants buts I’m now totally in love with pink freckles….wow, what a fabulous little plant. xcxx

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      The flowers are quite small, but they sit high up on the plant so they will still show up well as long as it is not overcrowded.. go for it!

  19. Simone August 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos Jessica. You certainly have green fingers!!!

    • Jessica August 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Usually brown! Thanks Simone.

  20. woolythymes August 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    ah, the trials of the garden photographer!!! (wet knees, soggy hair, and mosquito bites!)….but another fabulous job. Just stunning!!! that dahlia…swoon! (I have a swarm of japanese anemone that i wish i could share with you….they are taking over my yard!!!!!!!!!)

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

      I hope I get to that stage with the anemones, I love them. You may need to remind me I said that..

  21. thesalemgarden August 15, 2014 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Your photographs are stunning and I must have that dahlia!!

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Hi Michele, thanks and welcome to rusty duck.
      The dahlia is fabulous, a great find. It seems to like the rain anyway, even if I am less keen!

  22. Donna@GardensEyeView August 16, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

    My goodness what incredible pictures of your blooms…eye candy. It has been very wet here as well making it hard to get anything done.

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Hi Donna, thank you and welcome to rusty duck.
      We did need the rain, summer in the UK has been quite dry for us. The garden was starting to look rather jaded. Hopefully we’ll get another flush of flowers now before autumn sets in. But we garden on clay, so it takes a few days for it to dry out. And then more often than not it sets rock hard!

  23. Alain August 16, 2014 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Tillandsia is very strange looking. I could not imagine how the open flower would look. I googled it and I think found it.
    Your fragrant orchid is magnificent.

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

      The Tillandsia flowers, the purple bits, don’t open much more than in the picture. They stay tubular. They’ve already shrivelled, and once they’re dry I just pull them out and keep the pink flower spike until it too browns off. I’ve no idea which species it is, I’ve had it years and long since lost the label. I can definitely recommend the orchid, if you can stand living with a constant craving for chocolate!

  24. yangsayasukai@blogspot.com August 16, 2014 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Thanks forsharing the beautiful flowers Jessica. I am glad to know you are growing a beautiful Oncydium. Your photos are wobderful.

  25. yangsayasukai@blogspot.com August 16, 2014 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Jessica…your August flowers are so beautiful. I am glad to see your Oncydium. I enjoy them all! Love Your garden.
    Hari.

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Hi Hari, thanks and welcome!
      So sad that I can only grow Oncydium inside the house here. It seems to do quite well, but I’d much rather see it growing in its native environment. Thanks for stopping by, it’s been great to learn more about your gardening too. If we have snow on the ground here in a few months time I’m going to start getting really envious!

  26. Mark and Gaz August 16, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Great photos of your blooms Jessica, the Persicaria en masse like that especially. Have you seen the Hydrangea Glam Rock? What do you think of it?

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Wow! The name kind of gives it away, but wouldn’t it make a superb jungle focal point?
      The colours here I am relocating to the woodland edge. Seen from a distance as blocks of pink, blue and purple through the trees is how I like them best I think.

  27. sustainablemum August 16, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Such beautiful blooms, I love these posts. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Thank you! It will get more difficult from now on..

  28. Annie Edwards August 16, 2014 at 10:20 am - Reply

    such lovely images – especially those Anemones. So many of my garden flowers are over now, sadly.

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

      It does seem to be happening a lot earlier this year doesn’t it? I hope that doesn’t mean a cold autumn, not ready yet and still so much to do.

  29. hoehoegrow August 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    So much colour ! It feels as if we are 3 to 4 weeks further on than last year, it’s most odd !Love your dark-skirted fuchsia , the darkest I’ve seen, I think. Your Perovskia looks so perky, mine finally laid down its last stem and died recently. It hated me , and my garden, with a vengeance !

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      The Perovskia may go the same way here.. it’s got a mediterranean look to it so it will probably detest my heavy wet soil. I shall put it in the driest part of the garden and hope for the best.

  30. paxton3 August 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Some real beauties here. My Dahlias are only just budding, and I’m worried that hey won’t come to anything at all. Such a shame – they were fabulous last year.
    Leanne xx

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      I really hope we’ve still got a few weeks more of decent weather, then they’ll be fine. I’ve only had flowers for the last week or so, although they are new plants. The slugs have found them now too… 🙁

  31. SeagullSuzie August 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    That’s an absolutely amazing image of Tricyrtis formosana ‘Pink Freckles’ well done! Love all the images of your oh so pretty and flowering garden…missing mine terribly.

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      We rented a cottage for three years, it was only supposed to be for six months. I’d dug up loads of stuff that I kept in pots about a five minute walk away because we had no garden. Such a performance in the middle of summer when they needed watering twice a day. And in the winter they just had to take their chances. I do understand how you feel. But you’ll find somewhere soon and have a garden again. It will be worth the wait.

  32. CJ August 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Wow, the orchid is exquisite, you obviously treat it well. Your outside shots are fantastic, well worth all the squelching around in the rain. It’s been wet, wet, wet here too and I’m a bit fed up with it now. Just the odd shower would do nicely in the summer I think. Enough that I don’t need to water, but not so much that we can’t go out. CJ xx

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      The last couple of weeks have been bad, it will improve soon. Won’t it?

  33. Cathy August 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Oh lovely photos, Jessica – and thank you for introducing me to new persicarias which I have noted and will look out for. I am concerned that you are getting a bit complacent about those Japanese anemones as one of those days they are really going to get a toe hold and there will be no stopping them – good job they have pretty flowers! 😉

    • Jessica August 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      If it’s a choice between anemones and thistles on the bank I know which I’d prefer. But feel free to remind me of that the year I have to take a machete to them!

  34. Freda August 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Your photographs are stunning as are your flower choices!

    • Jessica August 17, 2014 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Thanks Freda. Hope I don’t regret the persicaria!

  35. Annie August 16, 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    All gorgeous but as an orchid lover I’m especially taken with that … it really is stunning … and smells of chocolate you say … even better 😉

    • Jessica August 17, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

      An overwhelming scent of chocolate. Bad timing, for the diet, it choosing to bloom right now. It’s lucky there isn’t a sweetie shop for miles.

  36. Denise August 17, 2014 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I have decided to use just pinks and white in our shrubbery. We have a lovely pink hydrangea there taking central stage so was particularly pleased with 2 half price mop caps – £7 each in B&Q. Will be planting them up today.

    • Jessica August 17, 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

      That sounds like a real bargain Denise. This year I really must remember to cut some blooms before the weather spoils them and dry them for the house.

  37. Jo August 17, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    You have some beautiful blooms, both indoors and out. I love that first hydrangea, such a delicate look to it with its pink blush. It certainly it like autumn at the moment, many of my plants are looking tired and the weather at the moment is a let down for August, windy again today and more rain is forecast.

    • Jessica August 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      It’s been seriously windy today. We went to a Yellow Book garden and so many of the tall perennials were blown to the ground, such a shame when they’d obviously put such work into it.

  38. Caro August 17, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Up here in London, it’s not so much the rain (which I’m very grateful for) but the wind … gosh, my raspberry canes were nearly horizontal yesterday afternoon and any photography is totally out of the question! Still, on the bright side, my washing was dry in super quick time! Back to plants, I’ve put in petrovskia this year and hoping it will bulk up – it was previously imprisoned in a pot for a bit too long… Loving the white echinacea, nearly bought some the other day but what I really need to do is sit down with a pencil and draw a proper garden plan!! Thanks for the inspiration, now I just need a lottery win! Caro x

    • Jessica August 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      I have been running around with link stakes, somewhat late in the day, it’s been windy here too. My recent purchases are still in their pots, but I’m hoping by tomorrow it will have dried out enough for me to get some planting done. It’s hopeless on clay when it gets this wet.
      A lottery win would come in very handy wouldn’t it!

  39. Anna August 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Blooming lovely blooms Jessica. The echinacea is a beauty – saw it at the Southport Flower Show on Thursday but already too plant laden at that point 🙁 An orchid that smells like Belgium chocolate – sounds too good to be true – I would have to relegate it to the greenhouse otherwise I might eat it.

    • Jessica August 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      There’s the chocolate cosmos in the garden too.. that also smells delicious. Unfortunately in that case the slugs and snails agree.

  40. Christina August 18, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

    I think all the Echinaceas are quite short lived but hopefully they will produce seed that will produce interesting off spring.

    • Jessica August 18, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

      I’ve yet to get one over winter, so collecting seed is a good idea. Thanks Christina.

  41. AnnetteM August 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Your photographs just seem to get better and better. It does make me think I should change my wordpress template as I can’t show large images on mine. Better put more effort into my photos too – this summer has been such a rush that I have often resorted back to the automatic setting. I am filled with new inspiration again now after seeing your results. I love the Perovskia photo. I put in a dwarf version in the middle of the rockery just this year. So far it has been well behaved and very pretty.

    • Jessica August 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annette. I wasn’t sure about the large images at first but I’ve come to like them now.
      Good to know the dwarf Perovskia is settling in. I’m a bit worried about it lasting through the winter here, but I’ve put it in the driest spot I have so hopefully it will avoid the worst of the winter wet.

  42. Janet/Plantaliscious August 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    My mopheads have been given notice to quit Jessica, and I have some lovely new things to replace them with, but I have made up for it by buying two new hydrangeas, one a paniculata. Much more elegant. That persicaria looks wonderful, I am developing a bit of an addiction to them I think, and I will await to hear how you get on with that echinacea with great interest. ‘White Swan’ is lovely but takes forever to establish from seed – mine are just starting to flower after 18months – and that’s assuming the wretched slugs don’t chew them up before they make it to adulthood!

    Love the look of that perovskia too, it is going to be great in your terraces, I could use it in my front garden, where I need shorter plants to avoid spoiling the view… Oh dear…

    • Jessica August 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      The slugs got my White Swan seedlings too, despite a generous application of ‘Slug Gone’. Clearly the blighters can’t read. I have some copper rings coming through the post as we speak, I’m hoping they will be the answer for the new adult plant. And my new dahlias which are also getting nibbled. I’ll try again with the echinacea seeds too, it would be so worth it to have a drift of them. Probably need to keep them in pots in a place of safety for longer this time though.

  43. Natalie August 20, 2014 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Wow, spectacular flowers!! And toad lilies, I love toad lilies and finally got them to grow in my garden!

    • Jessica August 20, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

      I overwintered this plant in the greenhouse last year, this will be its first year planted out. Fingers crossed!

  44. islandthreads August 21, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    you have some beautiful blooms Jessica, I hadn’t realised the rain was also down south where you are, yet gardeners in between seem to have sun it must be as they are sheltered from the Atlantic by Ireland, I like the alpines and their containers in the previous post too, Frances

    • Jessica August 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      The last few days have been relatively dry, just the odd shower, but it doesn’t look promising for the weekend. Bank Holiday down here too. 🙁

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