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)