Gertie’s Garden July 2017

Gertie’s Garden July 2017

There were a few tasty strawberries, and red and black currants, not many.

Floral colours of pink and white predominated in early July … Penstemon … Nelly Moser Clematis, the single blooms still flowering, and another pale pink Clematis. A burgeoning Hydrangea, is still determinedly pink! … and there is darker pink of Hollyhock and carmine Penstemons.

The pinks mingled with reds and mauves of Fuchsias, Pelargoniums and Buddleia, and early in the month, a few yellows too.

From thence, a short step to blue, with Night Sky Petunias, and Blue Geraniums at last!

Outside the garden, against the Pavement fence, Nasturtiums are climbing ever bigger and bushier.

Overhead were some lovely skies … almost reflecting the flowery colours …..

… and stippled shapes of hydrangea and a white Valerian.

Yellow lingers … a sunflower, thanks to the birds …

… the last of the sweet-smelling Jasmine ….

…. tomato blossoms …..

… and this, probably Senecio grayii, Daisy Bush.

I have noticed a predominance of leaf over flower this year, and earlier fewer currants on the bushes … lots of corrected pruning to be done there.

White Campanula, later than the blue, is fading out now, next to the lacy rain-drop-filled leaves and flowers of Alchemilla, Lady’s Mantle.*

The Honeysuckle has been good this month, but it will soon be one of the plants I will cutback, or cut out …. I need the space it occupies and I’m pretty sure that it can come back placed where I want it from cuttings.

I like this rose peeping through the Tomato Plants.

I haven’t seen the foxes for a while but ‘Bengal-type-Cat’ still visits the garden.

He was very curious when I caught the Rat!

The rat trap was covered all day until Bobs came back from Cricket, to help me to take it to the Nature Park. It had dragged the cage all across the top of Blue Hill and down to the bottom step, making a fine mess … unless it was the fox that dragged it … I don’t know. I do know, however, that in the process it disturbed the roots of a Buddleia which is now wilting.

It’s good to know that when I cut down, take out ,trim, it will come back the next season, like old friends turning up.

Like the house, the garden is filled with overgrown/outgrown stuff.

So, I have to bite the bullet ….. really this time!

Anne ….. Mid July 2017


*At the right time for KarenVV, will uproot and send some more white Campanula.

8 Responses

  1. Beanstew says:

    NEVER worry about cutting back honeysuckle, Anne – it will come bounding back from any onslaught unless you actually dig the roots out with a spade – and even then, you can depend that some long off-shoot will have formed a tip-cutting wherever it came in contact with the earth, and be off to explore in a different direction. Lovely photos to brighten a grey Northern day.

  2. gertie says:

    Good afternoon Sheila :high-five:
    Your comment brightens mine … thank you :-) : It’s grey and trying to drizzle … just a little tipple here and there, so have watered anyway, dead-headed and cut out a pushy bramble in the wrong place! The flowers are the stars in the garden :rose:

  3. Your garden never ceases to amaze Anne, so many different colours,shapes and sizes. Lovely :good: :rose:

  4. gertie says:

    :lol: It thinks it’s taking over … but not for long Lynn :bad: I shall move in with cutters at some stage and re-invent one end … but not yet :rose:

  5. cilla says:

    As usual it all looks splendid Anne. Have you got geranium Rozanne, Anne? Ideal for the blue garden and it goes on and on. :good:

  6. gertie says:

    Thanks Cilla … I think that this is Rozanne, tho’ it always looks leafier and leggier than what you see in adverts … maybe something to do with the shade or the soil? :rose:

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