Now that we are in July the colours and flowers in the garden are changing; the most noticeable colour is suddenly the misty blue of the Perovskia and the slightly darker blue of Lavender in the formal beds at the front of the house.
This is joined by newly opening Agapanthus. Sadly I think all the agapanthus I bought last autumn at the plant fair in Courson need more time to reach flowering size, but we’ll see some may flower later. The Agapanthus in the Left Hand Border were part of the very first planting in the garden in Spring 2007. I planted 5, and in subsequent years there has been an increase in the number of flower spikes. Most winters the foliage is very damamged by the cold and I always think they will die. This last winter, although a long winter did not have very low temperatures and the foliage entered spring looking very healthy and I was full of hope that there would be a huge number of flowers this year. But no! there are FIVE flowers again – who knows why, I certainly can’t think why there should be less flowers this year.
The view from my kitchen window in the evening is the orange Hemerocallis positively glowing behind the mass of Perovskia in the sunset.
Above the upper slope path, the kniphofia are hidden within the bed, I will move an ornamental pomegranate that isn’t actually very ornamental in the autumn to open up the border.
Above the back border.