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There was some heavy winds during the second part of the month.
It seemed to dry out some of the plants in the most exposed areas,
rather than causing a lot of breakages.
Compare with last year.
This year is similar, apart from there being far more
plants this year many of which are flowering.
There are still a few gladioli opening up.
This pink one is in among the blue ones. I don't remember planting
anything other than the blue ones here. Not saying I definitely
didn't, just that I don't remember doing so.
Lavender in the container
Well this is much reduced on last year. It did not grow much at all
during the hot and dry part of the year. The flowers were very short
too. Now it is doing better and the flowers are more normal size
The plant is much larger than …
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Plenty of sun this week and it was really warm on a couple of days
although windy, then the wind dropped along with the temperature.
1 Helenium with bonus butterfly
This is Helenium 'Mardi Gras' with a comma butterfly blending in
2 Penstemon grown from seed this year
I grew a few Penstemon from seed this year. I wasn't sure if they
would flower the first year and of course they may not survive the
winter anyway - the one I had last year didn't.
So very pleased to see this. There is another one which is starting
to open which is a very, very light pink almost all white really.
Does that top one look like a face, or is it just me?
3 Tiarella 'Mystic mist'
I just got this in August. It ought to be a spring flowering plant,
so why is it flowering now - the …
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Yesterday's storm was probably the strongest winds I have seen here,
at least while the leaves were on the plants.
Nothing is staked so how did everything fare?
A couple of things in containers were broken off: a Zinnia and
part of the petunia.
The only thing in the ground that was broken was a Polemonium.
This was a plant that I grew from a piece that was itself blown
down in high winds earlier in the year. I guess it is just not meant
to be. The original plant is now protected by a few annual plants so
it still survives.
Otherwise the damage is to leaves and flower buds which are
curled and dried out.
Here is the Helianthus 'Lemon queen'.
Many buds are now dried black husks.
Next here are some leaves of a Actaea, dried out and curled up.
It is in a particularly windy spot …
Two of the Penstemon that I grew from seed this year
are starting to flower.
This is the first and has a couple of fully open flowers.
I wasn't sure if they were planted early enough to flower
in the first year, so I am glad they have.
After all they may not survive the winter; the one I had
last year didn't.
Actaea simplex 'Pink spike'
This has been in bud for a long time and
at long last the flowers are opening
As they first opened they appeared completely
white, but there is some pink visible now.
Will have to wait and see if this pink colour
I don't normally comment on scent, but
this is highly scented and is noticeable from
My other Actaea is even further behind, the original stems never
developed any buds, but newer stems that are still quite short do have
buds. They seem to be no where near flowering though.
This is a smaller Lysimachia, about a foot high.
It is rather hidden by everything around it.
The flowers are white, and they curve a little, somewhat like
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I am well behind with writing things up, but I thought I would
do a Six on Saturday anyway, just to make the problem worse.
There are lots more sixes from gardens around
the world, see this weeks
post at The propagator for more.
1. Sanguisorba hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel'
This was one of my must-have plants for this year.
It is now at about its peak with many long tassel like flowers.
2. Lobelia cardinalis 'Bees' Flame'
This is new this year too.
The flowers are similar to the 'Starship scarlet', perhaps a bit
bigger. The plant is much taller, which is a disadvantage in this
location, as the wind blowing around the side of the house causes
everything in this area to lean.
In the background are a couple of the blue Gladioli 'Blue mountain'.
I have a small patch of these in the main area and they have …
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See the August round up for last year.
I suppose this is the peak month for flowers in the garden so lets
start of with some pictures.
- This was one of the 'mixed' selection I bought, that were all
red/orange or orange/red. This one stands out for being completely
- Lobelia cardinalis 'Bee's flame'
- The dry weather this summer may not have been ideal for the Lobelia
but they have all flowered well enough. This has been perhaps the
- this has bulked out a lot this year. Strangely the place where the
flower stems were last year, is devoid of them this. All the flowers
this year are in front (towards the house) of last years.
- Geranium wallichianum 'Crystal Lake'
- This has a lovely flower, but the plant is spread out in among other
things and there is only the occasional flower. I'm going to …