The Bloomers: July


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Lilium superbum


The colour palette has shifted this month. Now it’s hot, hot, hot..


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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.


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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

I’ll just have to warm my hands on some of these.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Erigeron karvinskianus

The mexican daisies in the wall pump out the blooms regardless..


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Dierama ‘Guinevere”

..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.


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Rose ‘Pat Austin’

Bucking the trend.


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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.


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Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’


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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:


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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.


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Eschscholzia californica

Against all the odds… californian poppies. Yay!


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Helenium ‘Waltraut’


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Hemerocallis (variety unknown)

Day Lily


Happy summer.


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.


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  1. Lorraine July 15, 2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Lovely photographs. I have some of these plants in my garden too. I planted some Dierama in my garden earlier this year as smallish plug plants so don’t know how long I will have to wait before I see some flowers, I hope they’ll look as good as yours. I have the Erigeron which I absolutely love, they’ve also self seeded, they’re great for softening hard edges and filling the odd empty space aren’t they, though my husband refers to them as the weeds.
    On another note I’ve just set up a blog for myself which appears to be out there already, the only problem is there’s nothing in it as I’m struggling to understand the terminology, and that’s just the contents of the instruction ‘manual’ aaarghh! So if you click onto it all you will see is my welcome page, something tells me it’s going to be a long journey.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

      I only really discovered Erigeron since we moved down here, where it does grow everywhere almost like a weed. But the fact that it seems to exist with the bare minimum of soil and keeps going all season makes it a must have for me. It looks fabulous softening all the walls that we have on this sloping plot.
      Good luck with the blog. It gets easier.. I promise!

  2. Jacqueline July 15, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Envy, envy, envy ….. you have SO many beautiful blooms and colours Jessica ….. our north facing garden is pretty much a sea of green with a few splashes of colour …. although, I do like it !!
    …. and, I think that I say that about hydrangeas every year !! I love them and we have six out at the moment …… 5 white and one pink. XXXX

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      I love the white hydrangeas, especially in a predominantly green theme. It is one of the most restful garden schemes there is!

  3. Sam July 15, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

    A feast for the eyes – gorgeous photos Jessica. Such sumptuous colours cheering up a grey day here. I like the look of The Pink Invincibelle even though I’m not drawn to hydrangeas.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      I do understand your feelings about hydrangeas, in general they don’t appeal to me either. Rather like rhododendrons really. But in the last couple of years I’ve discovered the paniculata type, and now this latest Invincibelle. They are much more delicate in appearance.

  4. SmallP July 15, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Wow! What gorgeous, gorgeous flowers and photos. A great way to brighten a dull day stuck in the office. Thank you 🙂

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      The rain down here has certainly got things growing again! Thanks.

  5. Anne Wheaton July 15, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Your garden looks beautiful; I especially love the hydrangeas. Raining here today on St Swithin’s Day – on the one hand we need rain and on the other, we don’t need forty days of it.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      I think we escaped any rain at all yesterday, which is something of a minor miracle. So, I wonder, does the St Swithin’s thing apply on a regional basis? Or will we now get your 40 days of rain? Or you our 40 days of cloudy iffiness followed by sun?

  6. Mark and Gaz July 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Floral splendour in your garden Jessica, lovely!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      It’s certainly looking a bit brighter! Needed to..

  7. Lea July 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    All your flowers are gorgeous!
    I’ve never before heard of Angel’s Fishing Rod – Love it!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lea.
      I think the more usual colour for Dierama is purple. I’m after some of those as well now. They look lovely arching over a pond, which is presumably how they got their name!

  8. Pauline July 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    We seem to have missed your weather Jessica,although today is humid and drizzly! You have a lovely selection of flowers, with such beautiful photos of them. Love the dierama, I must have killed at least three, and also love the Invincible Hydrangea, so pretty.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      It’s amazing how the weather can be so different across the same county. It must be that huge lump of rock (Dartmoor) in the middle that does it!

  9. Sue Garrett July 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I love the diearama. I think we have the same day lily and I don’t know which It is either

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      It’s frustrating when you take on a garden and can’t identify the plants. Many I’ve managed to find through google image searches, but there are so many different varieties of day lily..

  10. woolythymes July 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    another breathtaking post…..I come here when I want my garden fix. I certainly can’t go out in HOT, muggy, mosquito infested WEEDY(ick!) garden

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      It’s horse fly season here and there’s a lot of them because of the river. They like moist places apparently. Which wouldn’t be so bad if they stayed down there but they come up the garden to feed.. on me!

  11. Rosemary July 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Lovely July collection Jessica – I have a deep pink and a salmon pink Dierama which I always love to see swinging in the breezes

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      The salmon pink in particular sounds gorgeous, I’ll look out for that one. Do you know the name?

  12. Joanne July 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Delightful as always x

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joanne.

  13. bittster July 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. I love the closeups and of course the Dierama is fantastic, but the longer view really shows off how well the garden is coming along! Love the hot colors as well 🙂

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      I remember this time last year I was complaining there wasn’t enough blue in the terraces. Now I think I’ve overdone it!

  14. Chloris July 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    What a magnificent Dierama, a real beauty. I love that Hydrangea, Invincible Spirit, I would have fallen for it too. I love the hot colours you are enjoying this month.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      I guess it makes sense that plants with hot colours tend to come to the fore in high summer. They need to stand out in the stronger light so that pollinators can find them. And, of course, they make the garden look more attractive to us.

  15. Dorothy/The Nature of Things. July 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Your closeup photography of blossoms is amazing and the summer colors of your garden are gorgeous. Just charming!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. I’d love a macro lens for the close up shots. In the meantime a bit of judicious cropping and blowing up of the images has to suffice!

  16. Christina July 15, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I’m sitting here envying not only all your lovely blooms but also your rain! It is tinder dry here; there’s been no rain for 7 or 8 weeks with high temperatures recorded for late June and July so you can imagine what the garden looks like. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a lovely Angels Fishing Rod as your Dierama ‘Guinevere”, utterly stunning.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      It cost a fortune a few years back, £12 for a tiny plant, but I have had value I think. It’s spread well and self seeded, plus I’ve germinated more of the seeds in a tray. Mostly they’ve come true as well.

  17. kristinrusso July 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous pictures. Such vibrant colors!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kristin! When they’ve had a chance to bulk up the steep bank should look quite striking.

  18. Kris P July 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    You’ve got a lovely collection of blooms, Jessica. I envy you the rain, while you’d probably appreciate our summer temperatures (which have been hovering in the low 80sF/27C thus far). It’s too bad we can’t arrange weather exchanges – Mother Nature really doesn’t know how to be equitable.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      No, she doesn’t. I wonder if the perfect climate exists anywhere. There’s always something.

  19. francesca kay July 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful array of colours – the lily is spectacular!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Francesca & thanks. It’s a very well behaved lily, but not in the ideal spot so a move is on the cards. I’ve delayed in case I kill it. Or it benefits so much it becomes rampant!

  20. Julieanne July 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    So many gorgeous blooms. I would have gladly swapped you for your 20 in Devon for our 33 in Sheffield – it was exhausting. Still, clearly your plants are doing well despite the Devon weather.

    Is Salvia guarantica hardy in Devon? It isn’t here and I keep them in pots and put them in the garage in winter away from frost.

    I’m envious of your Dierama ‘Guinevere’ – I’ve never been able to get seeds to germinate. What’s your trick?!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      No, the salvia isn’t hardy unfortunately. At least not for me. Possibly it is on the coast, but not an inland valley frost pocket. I shall be taking cuttings just to keep it going as well as to (hopefully) produce more. As to the Dierama I collected seeds just as they were falling naturally from the plant and stored them in a dry place over winter to sow the following May. For memory they came up quite quickly, but it’s a while until they are strong enough to plant out (following year).

  21. homeslip July 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Your flowers and photos are as usual breathtaking. I go into my garden to try and photograph my blooms and the end result looks dreadful. Love all those strong positive colours, my favourite is the lily followed closely by the dierama, And you’ve been having lots of rain, here it is dry, dry, dry,

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      I was planting up on the bank yesterday and couldn’t believe just how dry the soil was, even after all the rain. It doesn’t seem to have penetrated very far but then our soil is mostly clay. It must have taken the best part of half an hour to hack out a hole large enough for a small pot.

  22. threadspider July 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Love the hot colours – you are right about the colour palette changing in July. Having said that, I think I envy your cool Dierama most of all. Very classy.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      I love it too, I just wish it didn’t turn brown in the rain. It’s looking even worse now. And I’ve waited all year for it!

  23. bumbleandme July 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Major plant envy! it all looks bloomin’ marvellous! I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered helenium this year! They are so beautiful. I’ve also got an Angels fishing rod, but it’s not flowered yet, hopefully one day it will look at divine as yours. X

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Heleniums seem to be relatively trouble free too.. so far. Their colours are gorgeous, I’m sure I’ll be getting more.

  24. Janet/PlantalisciousJ July 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Ooh, so many gloriously yummy looking things! Love Dierama ‘Guinevere”, what a refined beauty, but my heart lies with all those hot hues. I am jealous though – I appear to have lost my heleniums 🙁

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Noooo!! I’ve only recently discovered them, how did it take me so long?

  25. Jean Campbell July 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Glorious photos. Happy Bloom Day.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jean. Orange seems to be right for the season. I love it too.

  26. Rosie July 15, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, such wonderful July blooms:)

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie 🙂

  27. mattb325 July 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Truly beautiful! I love the hot colours of the helenium – and, dare I say it, but your Callistemon flowers better than mine in summer! The Dierama is just splendid and I really love that Hydrangea, those dusky colours are very easy to work with!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      The Callistemon hides a secret. It’s a standard that I inherited from my mother but despite my best efforts only one side of it is alive and sadly the dead bit is spreading. I shall try and take some cuttings because I do love the blooms.

  28. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden) July 16, 2015 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Your photos blow me away. All so beautiful. A lot of what you show as blooming is blooming here where I live in upstate New York. It was so cool today, but by the weekend it is going to be hot, near 31 (in your system).

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      It’s rare that we get temperatures that high. This summer has been very cool so far, but perhaps that’s for the best when there is so much work to do in the garden. Thanks Alana.

  29. Alison July 16, 2015 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Happy Summer to you too, and Happy GBBD! I love all your hot colors, and the shot of the terraces is wonderful. It was the focus of your End of Month View posts last year, and it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen it in a post. That white Dierama is so classy.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      There are still a few gaps in the terraces but on the whole I think they’ve benefitted from all last year’s work. The best thing is I can now keep them tidy with about half a day’s work a month.. that has to be good!

  30. Indie July 16, 2015 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Love, love, love all those hot plants!! I planted corms of several varieties of Crocosmia this year, including ‘Lucifer’, and am so sad that none of them have come up, as I just love Crocosmia. I’ve never seen Dierama before – beautiful!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      It’s the opposite situation here.. crocosmia have become invasive. I wish I could send you some.. make that many!

  31. Denise July 16, 2015 at 4:50 am - Reply

    There’s my Dig. ferruginea in bloom! And I’m so glad you foiled the mice so I could be reminded to plant some triteleia. Lovely July garden!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I grew the D. ferruginea from seed so I’m proud of it. It seems to vary in height though, from year to year. This year it’s grown shorter, which is better for the border. In the first year it was almost 2 metres high (6ft).. Thanks Denise.

  32. Laura July 16, 2015 at 5:10 am - Reply

    I’m wondering if that isn’t a Sammy Russell daylily?
    I love day lilies with thinner petals, and I love the vibrant colours. The other daylily I have planted is Highland Lord.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura. You could be right, having just looked it up. It’s a keeper.

  33. Brian Skeys July 16, 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

    So many wonderful flowers, Jessica. If I have to choose one it probably would be Dierama ‘Guinevere’ so beautiful and elegant, I struggle to grow them here, I think the garden may be too shady .

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      They do like sun, but moist soil. A difficult combination.

  34. serendipity July 16, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures. Those hydrangeas are stunning. When I was growing up in London, every front garden seemed to be full of those big mop head ones which I found rather depressing. So different from your new one. Debbie x

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Yes, I know just what you mean. I’ve inherited a few and prefer them when they’re starting to fade. This year I really must cut and dry some for a winter display.

  35. Suffolk Pebbles July 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    some stunning bloomers here! I see that not all the Crocosmia has been pulled up as a weed – I remember you telling me that it grew rampantly down there. I love the Pink Invincibelle.

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Lucifer is not quite so bad.. so far!! Thanks Ann.

  36. Beth @ PlantPostings July 16, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Your terrace garden is … wow … the words are escaping me! It doesn’t seem to matter that your weather is cooler. In fact, maybe it’s helping! That Digitalis has an interesting form. And the Lily in the first photo … perfection!

    • Jessica July 16, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Beth. The cooler weather is helping me garden. If it were hotter I wouldn’t be out there so much. But the occasional lazy day in the sun wouldn’t go amiss!

  37. Helene July 16, 2015 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Your terrace is looking beautiful! ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ is also on my wish-list, it looks so gorgeous on photos I just have to have it somewhere in my garden 🙂 You have some really hot coloured flowers this time, really nice photos. I looked up Dierama ‘Guinevere’, thought perhaps it could be happy in my shady bed but it says it should be planted in full sun. How much sun does yours get? I would love to have one, perhaps I need to think of a better place for it then.

    • Jessica July 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      The Dierama gets sun from about lunchtime onwards. It is a tricky customer, because as well as the sun it also wants moist soil. I have it on irrigation with an extra big drip head, but it still looks dry and rather sad from time to time.

  38. John July 16, 2015 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Jess…. Its our flower show soon and i would love you to enter the photo competition
    The subjects are ideal for you
    Summer/ spring and relaxation
    Would u consider entering ?

    • Jessica July 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      John, thank you, I’m truly flattered that you think our photos competition-worthy. I’ll certainly think about it.

  39. CherryPie July 17, 2015 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Beautiful 🙂

    • Jessica July 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cherie.

  40. Sarah July 17, 2015 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Those wonderful colours are hopefully bringing brightness into your overcast July days. It doesn’t feel like summer at all and when the sun does shine it seems to be accompanied by a cold wind! I love that Hydrangea arborescens ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ the blooms are so delicate! Sarah x

    • Jessica July 17, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      The blooms of that hydrangea are beautiful! I’ll be interested to see what they do as they fade. I bought it last year but haven’t seen it in flower until now.

  41. Amy at love made my home July 17, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Very beautiful bloomers!! xx

    • Jessica July 17, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you Amy!

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  43. Angie July 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    So much colour Jessica, it’s amazing! As for R. Pat Austin, she’s a beauty and is immediately going on my wish list. I don’t think I’ve seen a white Dierama before. So many wonderful blooms I’m toiling to choose a favourite but if I was forced to choose then the Lily would be right up there.

    • Jessica July 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Pat is very orange, but I know you’re no stranger to those. She certainly seems to be weather proof, if not squirrel proof. Many of her blooms have gone down a gullet but they kindly left me this little cluster.

  44. Linda aka Crafty Gardener July 17, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous blooms. I love the Lucifer crocomesia. It was growing amazingly well out on the west coast of Canada where we were visiting, and I must check into seeing if it grows in my part of Ontario.

    • Jessica July 17, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      It’s not as invasive as the common montbretia but it does spread. The colour makes up for it though, really vibrant.

  45. AnnetteM July 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    You will enjoy Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty. It is such a gorgeous colour and it even looks wonderful when the flowers are fading. Your new Salvia is wonderful too. It will be interesting to hear how you get on with the cuttings. Your Hemerocallis could be ‘Jolly Hearts’. It is almost impossible to identify from the web, but it does look very similar to mine. I will try to post a photo for you if i can get a good one.

    • Jessica July 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      The helenium is a gorgeous colour. I have put it next to another group of heleniums which are more of a golden orange and the two really set each other off. They should give me fabulous colour on the bank when they’ve bulked up a bit.

  46. CherryPie July 18, 2015 at 1:04 am - Reply

    A fabulous array of colours.

    • Jessica July 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cherie.

  47. Marian July 18, 2015 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Wow, your garden is so pretty with so many glorious bloomers! I am amazed by that ‘Queen Fabiola’. It never works when I put bulbs in a container. I don’t even try it in the soil, that would be a disaster surely. This year there’s one stem, looking pretty sad alone in a container, and it’s not even blooming yet. Love how yours look. Also love the Helenium! And the Erigeron and… What is there not to like in your garden. Your pictures are so wonderful as well. I’ll now just have another look and enjoy all those gorgeous flowers I wish I could grow here in our garden.

    • Jessica July 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      I am really surprised by Queen Fabiola too, bulbs so rarely work here. If the mice can’t get at them in the ground they wait for shoots and then nibble them off as soon as they reach the top of the wire cage! Obviously this one is not to their taste. I shall get more. Thanks Marian.

  48. Linda P July 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful blooms and so many unusual ones in my experience such as the digitalis Gigantea and the pretty hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit. It’s that time of year when our blooms are colourful, but so many plants in the wrong place. I’m not happy with the planting especially in the front garden, don’t like the ordinary candy pink hydrangea next to the English lavender and want to make changes! Sigh.

    • Jessica July 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      I’m at that stage with the bank. I bunged all sorts of things in there to try and get some colour.. and now I’m seeing clashes that don’t work so well. But that’s the fun bit, editing and moving things around to get the effect you want. I just wish the bank was an easier place to work!

  49. kate@barnhouse July 19, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Wow! Your garden looks stunning, so many gorgeous flowers in peak condition and captured beautifully on camera. Nice to see Hakonechloa on the terrace, too, one of my favourite grasses.

    • Jessica July 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      I love that Hakonechloa. I started off with one tiny plant and now I’ve got at least half a dozen large clumps of it. It makes such zingy contrasts with other plants too. I have geranium ‘Rozanne’ growing through one.. you can’t miss it!

  50. snowbird July 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Your hot colours are gorgeous….especially Pat Austin….gorgeous! What a shame the weather hasn’t been up to much! The terraces are looking really good!xxx

    • Jessica July 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      It’s been a cool and rather damp summer down here so far, the hot colours remind me it is actually July! Thanks snowbird.

  51. kate@barnhouse July 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    I think you’ve done brilliantly with Hakonechloa macra ?Aureola, it seems a bit slow for me … But it’s so beautiful, planted near a path it sounds like taffeta silk when you pass but it. Gorgeous plantings, the Lilium superbum is stunning, I love turk’s cap lilies but can’t grow them, or others, here because of the horrid but colourful lily beetle.

    • Jessica July 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Eeek.. I hadn’t thought of lily beetle until you mentioned it. I’ve never seen one here, but in our previous garden further north they were a real problem.

  52. kate@barnhouse July 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you know all about the beasties. Moving house is a great solution to the problem 🙂 .

  53. welshhillsagain July 20, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    The colour of that salvia! Quite fantastic. I love your lillies too. I tried to grow some here a couple of years ago and they turned up their toes. That picture is making me feel like trying again!

    • Jessica July 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      The lilies must have been here pre-mouse days because they seem to be well dug in. It’s a shame they’re not in an ideal location but do I dare move them!

  54. Jo July 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I love the hot colours which this time of year brings and the salvia, wow, absolutely beautiful. They never seem to do well in my garden for some reason, they manage when I first plant them but they never overwinter well.

    • Jessica July 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      They are borderline hardy Jo and I’ve lost even the ones which are supposed to be tougher. I shall be taking a lot of cuttings this year in the hope of keeping them going. They are beautiful plants to have but expensive annuals!

  55. casa mariposa July 24, 2015 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    I love hot colors in the summer. I’ve never grown that salvia because it gets so big but what a beauty. I do love it. I’ve never heard of angel’s fishing rod. Very cool plant!

    • Jessica July 25, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      The salvia won’t get huge here, it doesn’t stay alive long enough. I’ll be reliant on cuttings to get anything back next year.

  56. Amy July 25, 2015 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Your list of blooms this time looks surprisingly like one of my wish lists – Dierama, Helenium, and that perfectly gorgeous lily… I’ve put L. pardalinum on order for fall, but without a lot of confidence in its ultimate survival!
    I’m also checking on Dierama, which I thought would not tolerate our heat, but I see it’s being successfully grown in some rather warm areas so maybe I should give it a try… See what you’ve done… 😉
    It’s tough to grow things through such continually wet weather (old memories!), but it’s looking good, all the same! Lovely balance in the terrace plantings now, I think 🙂
    And finally, that pink is a most irresistable hydrangea…

    • Jessica July 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Gardening is all about experimentation and if you don’t try, you won’t know. My aim is to have a garden that copes with the conditions (and the critters!) and doesn’t need too much molly coddling, but I’ll always have a few pots of some special things that I can give extra attention to. It’s a great feeling to have pushed the boundaries a bit and pulled it off!

  57. pollymacleod July 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica, I’m speechless, you’re photographs are superb, and your plants are absolutely gorgeous, the black and blue Salvia is stunning, the Dierama Guinevere is so graceful and the pink Hydrangea is very pretty. Your garden is full of beauty.

    • Jessica July 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Polly. The Dierama was right beneath the tree we’ve just had cut down. I feared for it but apart from being covered in sawdust it seems to have escaped totally unscathed. Phew!

  58. Peter/Outlaw July 28, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Excellent photos of your bountiful and beautiful booms! The spring and summer months should have 60 days each. We’ve so little time to appreciate all the wonders that happen this time of year!

    • Jessica July 29, 2015 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Absolutely Peter. I’d happily trade in winter days for a few more summer ones. Perhaps I just need to move to a warmer part of the world.

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