The colour palette has shifted this month. Now it’s hot, hot, hot..
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
..I only wish the same could be said of the weather. Whilst the rest of England was basking in a ‘heatwave’, here it barely reached 20C, overcast at best and with the garden shrouded in the infamous Devon ‘mizzle’ at worst. And now we have rain. C’est la vie.
I’ll just have to warm my hands on some of these.
Triteleia laxa ‘Queen Fabiola’
There are strong blues too. This is a rare triumph over the mice. I planted the corms into wire baskets before sinking them into the ground last autumn.
Salvia guarantica ‘Black and Blue’
A close up shot of the plant bought at Glendurgan last week. It’s a beauty. I lost last year’s specimen over winter so this will provide essential material for the new propagating toy come late summer.
On the terraces Verbena rigida is forming a good clump in the foreground but the roses, with the exception of the climber on the house wall, are pretty much having a break. They’ve done badly in the rain, flowers shrivelling up and turning brown.
The mexican daisies in the wall pump out the blooms regardless..
..and lighting up the shady far end of the lower level, angel’s fishing rod. It’s also fallen victim to the wet, but there have never been as many flowering stems. From last year’s seeds I’ve managed to established half a dozen new plants, some of which are already flowering on the bank.
Rose ‘Pat Austin’
Bucking the trend.
Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’
Up on the bank, the white cornus seems to be fading so quickly this year. Prettily though, it has to be said.
Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’
Hydrangea, variety unknown
Hydrangeas give rise to mixed feelings when they appear. They seem like late summer plants to me and I’m so not ready for that.
I had decided to restrict the collection to the white varieties.. And then I found this:
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Invincibelle Spirit’, The Pink Invincibelle
The teeny tiny blooms that make up the flowerhead and the dusky shade redeem it. Big time. Yep, it’s going in the ground.
And finally, in the hope that warmer weather WILL arrive, and before the hydrangeas start to fade, we’ll end where we began: hot, hot hot.
Against all the odds… californian poppies. Yay!
Hemerocallis (variety unknown)
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find many other July bloomers from around the world.