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A COOL START

 Temperatures are expected to get into the 30s again today but this morning I’ve been for a walk around the garden and it felt lovely and fresh and cool with a little mist in the air. I hope the plants have also benefited from this respite from the heat.  This is a view of the shady end of the rose garden looking towards the oak tree and the rhododendron borders it’s looking a bit autumnal   The persicaria is flowering. It’s a bit of a thug and wood happily make a move to take over the whole border but I keep a close eye on it and make sure it behaves itself.  I bought it from a NGS garden as ‘son of firetail’. They certainly had plenty of it for sake.  The roses have started to repeat flower. This is Margaret Merril just opening and looking much more like Champagne Moment.  Now back to reality with a bit of a bump. Those rhododendrons under the oak tree are suffering. I would guess they have been there since the 1970s at least and could be older. They don’t like this weather and have

THE ROSE GARDEN IN JULY

The open gardens was a great success.  I'm still waiting to hear how much money we raised, but judging by the number of visitors we must have had the best one yet.  Part way through the afternoon, it occurred to me that this might be the longest time that I had ever spent just looking at the garden.  And  despite it being very enjoyable, I can't see it happening again any time soon.  

Anyway, to this week's Six.  First is Rosa Compassion climbing over this arch.



I love the colour, and it has a good rose scent too.  It's habit is a little on the stiff side, so it wants to shoot up rather than being trained sideways, but it's very floriferous, so I shouldn't complain.


Roses need something to keep them company, and some common Astrantia Major does the job.  It's now taken to self seeding around.




One thing I find with dual aspect borders is you cannot predict whether a plant will take a liking to the east or the west aspect.  I grew annual sunflowers in the west facing Long Border the first year, but they all decided to face east.  I have a similar 'problem' with this Clematis 'Niobe' which grows over rear of the arbour at the back of the Rose Garden which flowers beautifully where it can hardly be seen.  The camera hasn't captured the colour of this properly, so if you were thinking Niobe is much more crimson than that, you are right.



The white Margaret Merril roses had finished their first flush of flowers and the central bed was looking  empty.  I had some lilies growing in pots and which I sank in the ground to brighten things up, and because it gives that Edwardian air.



There was Lilium Regale


and Pink Perfection


These grow so much better for me in the greenhouse in pots than they do in the border.  They grew at least twice as tall and the lily beetle didn't find them.  

Next up is another self seeder that I'm happy to have dotted through the border - Campanula lactiflora.  I had both 'Loddon Anna' and 'Prichard's Variety' in the garden and I think it's that latter that these are closest to.




My last floral picture for this week is of Penstemon in my favorite purple.  There are several plants grouped together to get this effect.


That's all for this week.  If you are used to receiving this post by email, then you may have noticed that it is taking longer and longer to come out, so I have decided to swop to a new mail manager.  This entailed me doing some complicated IT stuff which was well beyond my abilities, so fingers crossed it works.  I've tried to transfer over any existing subscribers, but if nothing arrives you may need to sign up again.

Thanks to the Propagator as always for hosting Six on Saturday.

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  1. Ah, Compassion ( I can nip outside and smell the flowers on mine to appreciate the scent of yours). That penstemon is a a lovely colour. I'm glad the open gardens was a success.

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    1. I think there might a couple of other Sixers with Compassion too.

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  2. Good idea the lilies in pot in the gh. But don't they grow too tall ? The second ones are gorgeous.

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    1. They are tied to canes or they would lean over.

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  3. Congratulations on the success of your open day, the garden is looking beautiful.

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