Archive for July, 2008
In the UK we are being urged by the media to plant drought loving plants.
Mediterranean style Gardening is very popular in the magazines
My question is
After several dry and hot days we had rain this evening.
I love the smell of evening rain after a hot day.
Sometime during the next couple of days – I will have my 10,000 visitor to this blog!
I think that is amazing. I just think it is so nice of you guys to come back for more.
So what I thought was, Anyone who leaves a comment (on any post – new or old) between now and 11th August 2008, your name will go into a hat and I will get Shedman to draw one name out. The winner will get to choose one picture from this blog and I will send you a high resolution A4 photograph.
So that was my thought – I leave it in your hands now.
A sunny afternoon
A golden evening
Shelling peas for supper.
Taking the photographs for the July GBBD was, as always a delight. I was pleased with what is flowering in the garden but the majority of them were from the kitchen garden which Shedman and I have created from scratch over the past 18 months.
I find the kitchen garden quite charming and very therapeutic (note the chair for thinking deep thoughts!)
However the blooms I photographed from the main garden – well you saw them
“up close and personal”
Flowers always look good in close-up. However you didn’t see them in the context of “the garden” so the bits that “could do better” are edited out. For example – the penstemoms are in front of the particularly unattractive dying poppies which I am not pulling up because I want to save the seed.
I found it a good experience to give myself a C+ because it really has made me stop and think about what plants I want in my garden. What will follow on from the plants that make June so special?
This is a good thing to think about, as I am planning on stocking quite a large flowerbed in the Autumn – otherwise I would have gone out and bought loads of peonies and still have little to show in July!
It has also made me stop and consider plants that I have too easily dismissed in the past for one reason or another. Daylilies – dull, all leaf no lily. Dahlias – why bother they get eaten by earwigs.
So while visiting bloggers in the UK on bloom day these are what I noticed.
The Constant Gardener Had rather nice Helenium, her rose “Darcey Bussell” looked wonderful. Both the Constant Gardener and the Patient Gardener had Ammi Majus – which I am very taken with. (Must try that)
Patient Gardener also had an interesting Salvia.
Victoria had a lovely daylily – El Desperado – which confirmed I really must give daylilies another look – and so spent several happy hours on the Internet. (It is raining here to-day, and yesterday, and the day before ….)
Shirl Had wonderful blooms up – but as she combined it with wordless Wednesday, she did not name them – however my eye was caught by some rather lovely deep reds one of which was a clematis (possibly Niobe?) – but her post reminded me of color.
On VP’s slide show – I was attracted to her Dahlia Moonfire and the Allium spaerocephalum – (but the allium doesn’t count as it was all ready on my shopping list).
So I am spending happy hours planning planting that will carry the “keyhole” flowerbed from May to August – although I have to say – I would rather be IN the garden. (sigh)