14/08/2014

In Bloom for August

There has been so much upheaval in the garden over the last few weeks, I'm surprised there is anything blooming in there at all. But despite the fact I have moved plants in the middle of summer, on some of the hottest days, nothing seems to have suffered, and the plants seem quite happy in their new spots. Just goes to show you can throw that gardening rulebook out of the window sometimes...and I frequently do, lol!!

Giant Dahlia Orange has been blooming in my front garden for a couple of months now and still has plenty of new buds appearing. I'm not sure why it's called 'orange' when the flowers are yellow, but oh well, it's still a stunner. Not much snail/slug damage on this one either.


'Lucky' is my newest Rose in the garden. It's such a pretty pink colour and smells amazing! I'm looking forward to the plant maturing so I can enjoy more blooms, there have just been a few this month.




Rose Arthur Bell has just started blooming for the third time this year, and considering I moved it just a few weeks ago, is quite surprising me with it's beautiful yellow flowers and soft perfume again.


Rose Deep Secret is in one of the raised beds in my front garden, and I make sure I sniff a bloom every time I'm going in or coming out. I've taken a few cuttings of this one as it's a complete beauty and more of a deeper red than pink that my photo shows.


The Primulas are still going strong in the woodland area, delighting the butterflies.


And they're very fond of the Buddleia too. This is Magenta Buzz, a compact variety that I have in a large pot near the shed and is looking its best at the moment.



Hydrangea Love is still looking great with lots of blooms, although many have started to turn brown in the last day or two due to the deluge of rain we've had. Thanks Bertha :-/ .



The Begonias have just started reaching full bloom. This gorgeous rogue red/orange one is looking a little odd, as all my others are pastel coloured, but the bloom is so much bigger. Maybe it was a sign and I should plump for this colour next year.



And speaking of rogues, my Clematis Freda suddenly produced two new blooms, just two, right at the top where I just about spotted them on the shed roof.


Petunias, Nicotiana, Trailing Geraniums and Nemesia are giving a lovely display in my raised beds.







                          


And Shasta Daisies and Rudbeckia are settling into their new home after I revamped this area.



The Anemones are looking really pretty, although the foliage has suffered a bit with the hot weather we've had.




A mention has to go to the Solanum, which blooms practically non stop in the garden, and is still going, although not as prolifically as earlier in the year. I love its delicate little flowers and it's such a fantastically fast growing climber. It has smothered a good part of the ugly concrete wall in just a couple of years and is now mingling with the apple tree.




And speaking of apples, just 7 on my tree this year, a measly 7. There were 8, but something got to that one. Oh well, enough for one with my lunch for a week I suppose. Hopefully a better yield next year.

And remember I said at the start of the post there were no casualties from my big garden move around. Well, that's because even the Salix Willow that rather looked like it had given up the ghost in THIS POST has started growing again. I gave the old branches a good crop and staked the tree to help support the roots and voila! it started sprouting new branches. I may have lost the old ones, but it's a fast growing tree anyway so the new ones should replace them in a year or two. I can wait!


That's some of what's blooming and growing in the garden just now. I've still a lot more work to do out there, including putting out some lovely new plants and I'll hopefully be sorted enough to share my progress on that next time.

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  1. As long as you give your plants a lot of TLC it often doesn't hurt to move them in summer. I've just done the same because I was so unhappy with some of the borders. This time of year you can also see instantly how the plants will look in their new position.
    Your garden is certainly looking good on it!

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    1. That's what I love Jessica, that you can see what the plant looks like in it's new position, not possible when it's gone dormant.

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  2. I agree with Rusty Duck your garden is certainly looking good - and you still have so much in flower too. Mine wants a really good sort out - and now it has turned cooler I will just have to get out and get cracking - when it stops raining of course.

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    1. Ah yes, the rain! I've been nipping out doing bits while the sun is out but keep getting caught in a shower. Hoping for a dry weekend so I can finish some potting on off.

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  3. Paula girl your plants are looking awesome ! I love your roses .. and that clematis looks like such a delicate beauty ... the form is stunning!
    You mentioned no seeing holes in my hostas .. girl they have holes! especially by my dry stream bed , Fire Island which i love is constantly under attack .. I try and pluck out the worst of the leaves before I take pictures .. yuck I hate slugs !!! haha
    Beautiful gems in your garden !
    Joy

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    1. Thanks Joy. Lol, so your Hostas do have holes, I thought you'd found some miracle cure for those beasties munching them to bits.

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  4. Our anemone had some seriously shrivelled and grey leaves but before the hot period. It almost looked like frost damage even though there hadn't been any frost

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    1. How strange Sue. It definitely hasn't been a good year for the foliage. I'm going to move mine when they've finished flowering as I think the positions they're in are far too sunny.

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  5. I try to restrict my moving of plants to the early or early fall, when we have plenty of rain to water them in. Our summers are so dry here, even with plenty of water from the hose, it still doesn't do the trick. You have lots of beautiful bloomers! I planted Nicotiana this year too and I love it! The slugs sure love my Dahlias too.

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    1. Those slugs are such a nuisance, they seem to be eating everything in my garden at the moment.

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  6. I love the white Japanese anemone, is that 'Honorine Jobert'? Your 'Deep Secret' rose is also a beauty.

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    1. Yes it is Honorine Jobert, so beautiful isn't it.

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  7. What a beautiful garden you have! Love your pictures too! The butterflies are so pretty. Your clematis is different from I'm used to see around here in Virginia. I'm placing it on my wish list! It would be great to have pink flowers in the summer time. I also move plants in the middle of the summer, but mine have died sometimes :( I'm glad for you that all of your plants are up and going!

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    1. Thank you :-) The Clematis is Montana Freda, a very fast grower, it's certainly enjoying itself climbing up my shed!

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  8. A lovely post and wonderful photos, showing so much colour. I especially like the yellow dahlia. Happy gardening. xx

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    1. Yes, It's a lovely one isn't it Flighty. Definitely on my list for next year if I don't manage to overwinter this one.

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  9. Gorgeous colours, especially the dark rudbeckia. It's good to throw the rule book away and to get away with moving plants at the "wrong" time. It certainly looks like yours have not just survived, but thrived on moving.

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  10. I love your dahlia, the buddleias and hydrangeas - all things that I struggle with in my garden. The heat and humidity always seem to do them in, so I envy gardens where they thrive. Yours are beautiful.

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    1. It's the slugs and snails who have ruined most of my Dhalias, quite a few are just ratty nibbled stems now. I'm so glad they leave the Buddleia and Hydrangeas alone!

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  11. You have so many lovely flowers, you must have given your plants lots of TLC moving them in the hot summer that we've had, well done! My Japanese Anemones are just starting to flower, possibly late because they are in the shade, but the foliage seems ok.

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    1. Your Anemones sound like they have been nicely protected from the sun Pauline. I intend to move mine soon as they don't look very attractive with crisped up leaves!

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  12. Looking good Paula, I had forgotten that Primula vialii was such a late bloomer even though I grow loads of primulas. The Japanese anemones, particularly Anemone tomentosa cultivars are sometimes frowned as being "common" but they are superb for this time of the year.

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    1. Lol, I have many common plants in my garden Rick, I'm no plant snob ;-) . The Anemones are so pretty and undemanding, I couldn't imagine my woodland border without them.

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  13. I have solanum and it's sulking away!! Fancy a swop? Wow, so many stunning images here, your garden is looking fab I bet, glad to hear all the moved plants are doing well, I love your anemones how sweet they are, I'm waiting for mine to open.xxx

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    1. Er, no, lol, you can keep yours thanks ;-) . Maybe it will perk up at some point and you can enjoy it's beautiful blooms.

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  14. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment. I'm newly interested in roses and you have some real beauties! You take great pictures.....I love the ones of the Petunias and Begonias. Happy Gardening, Flower Freak, A New England Flowerbed

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  15. Paula, you have pretty collection of blooming flowers! Love your anemone, I'd like to have the same but think they are not hardy in our climate (??) I also love your Rose Deep Secret, what a nice color! Do you have cutting for propagate the rose or for other purposes?

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    1. The cuttings are just for my own use Nadezda, although I'll probably give some away if lots of them survive. The Anemones prefer somewhere shady to look their best, they definitely do not like lots of sun.

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  16. Well done with the willow Paula. In my mind I had written that off, shows how wrong one can be :)

    Arthur Bell is a wonderful rose....I have two in large tubs.they are blooming for the third time.

    Amazing you still have Primula Vialli in bloom. My finished weeks ago.
    Your garden seems to have survived well despite how hot it has been during the summer months.

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    1. Yes, I'm so glad I persisted with the Willow, Cheryl. I don't think anything I've done has made much difference, it just appears to be quite a forgiving little tree.
      The Primulas have been gorgeous this year. I'm just thankful they survived as I've lost so many over the years. Maybe our mild winter helped them out.

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  17. I just love the Anemones, they do such a good job of blooming in late summer and fall. The roses are pretty too.

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    1. They are pretty aren't they Hannah, I'm hoping they'll multiply more for next year.

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  18. Wonderful, so much colour in your garden. I love nemesia, one of my favourite plants.

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    1. The Nemesia has been an absolute star Jo. I have pastel colours of it in my front garden and it looks amazing!

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  19. So many lovely blooms in August. I was smitten by Solanum and had to look it up. A potato vine?! I thought those looked like potato flowers. I have had decorative potato vines, but they did not bloom. As for moving things in August, I once had to move a full-grown camellia in August. It loved its new home and since has tripled its size!

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    1. Yes, the potato vine, lovely isn't it :-) .That must have been hard work moving a Camelia of that size, so glad it survived and is thriving.

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  20. Your daliah is pretty. I always forget to plant them. I think it is one of those Freudian slips because I hate to have to dig up the tubers to save them from ;year to year yet I do admire them. Good luck with your willow too. Happy GBBD.

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    1. I'll be trying to overwinter these Dhalias, Lisa, as I was really pleased with how they performed...once those dratted slugs and snails left them alone that is!

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  21. That's an unusual clematis, very pretty and delicate flowers. Nice to hear of someone else digging up stuff in mid-summer. Seems especially important if a plant needs more shade I've found, and it tends to work out if there is enough water. I love the anemones too, like a prize at the end of summer.

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  22. It's a Montana Clematis called Freda, so beautiful when it's all in flower. I love your description of the anemones, they are indeed a prize!

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  23. You have a lot going on in the garden! Glad everything did well even in the transplanting. Your Clematis is beautiful. I love Clematis, and that one looks so pretty and delicate!

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    1. I wish I had taken a photo of it when it was in full bloom this year Indie. It looked really lovely then.

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  24. Wow... amazing garden! All flowers look so gorgeous! You make me so jealous... :(

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