Early July in a village garden is a bright and colourful time. Fortunately the garden is now more or less looking after itself because I have ongoing back problems and need to be careful. At least I don’t have to water because there has been a lot of rain, encouraging everything to ever greater heights. Walking towards the house, or looking out of the front door, is like being in a giant flower bed! And as you can see the garden is densely planted and so there is very little space in which to do anything new!
1.Japanese Anemones are starting to flower although it is only early July! Looking back to last year I see they were flowering about the same time last year. They are standing very tall and upright in the back garden and have spread all over the front garden as well. I am in danger of being taken over and I can see that there will have to be drastic thinning in the autumn or early spring.
2.Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is bright and beautiful. I just wish it would spread more plentifully, like the anemones.
3.The Peacock butterflies are absolutely gorgeous – ok, so I haven’t grown them, but they are in the garden! And when the sun shines there are everywhere, but particularly enjoy the lavender. (Note to self: plant more lavender in the autumn.)
4.The Fruit is swelling nicely: quinces, plums, pears and far too many crab apples. I am beginning to wish I hadn’t planted a crab apple tree, but perhaps a proper apple tree
5.Annabelle is falling over in the back garden, but in a beautiful kind of way. She really is a hopeless plant! But, yes, I would plant her again, with supports, and I would also like to try ‘Limelight’. And one or two other varieties – sadly there is no space left here for anything new.
6.My small pleasures this week are in white and yellow: Achillea, Curry plant, aster and butterflies.
And that is early July in a village garden, and Six on Saturday as well. The chiropractor hasn’t quite finished with me so it is just as well that the plants are independent, and I also face a long haul of recuperation with the physio. I hope everyone else is enjoying the sights of July and I look forward to following you via The Propagator.