End of July round up
The average temperature was 17.1C with a minimum of 6.7C and maximum of 29.4C It rained on 18 days, with a total 82mm
Picture round up
I'm late finishing this so just a quick look through some pictures this month.
- Campanula medium
- I grew these from seed last year, most of them turned out to be blue, but you can also see a pink one at the back. Strangely the blue ones had a very pyramidal shape, whereas the other colours were more like towers. They are an impressive mass of flowers, so I am glad I tried them. Will probably not be growing them again though.
- This came with the garden growing at the side where even the weeds won't grow. It didn't flower the first year so I moved it to a sunnier place, where it promptly got swamped by a Sidalcea and didn't flower again. So this year I moved it again, and it has flowered. I like the colour.
- Ligularia przewalskii
- Five flower spikes this year, I think there were only two last year. My other L. przewalskii which has nicer leaves also flowered this year, so it has survived it's brush with death last year.
- Ligularia × yoshizoeana 'Palmatiloba'
- This was sold as L. wilsoniana but I do not believe it is as the flowers are completely different. This is a very tall plant and is even bigger this year than last. There were a lot of these flowers this year. It is also in the previous picture top left, where you can judge how tall it is.
- Digitalis × valinii Illumination rose (Illumination Series)
- This is a perennial foxglove which is a hybrid of our native foxglove and a tender shrub Digitalis canariensis. Here it is in its pot waiting to be planted.
- Veronica 'Pink Damask'
- I really like this Veronica with its tall flower spikes. It tends to get mildew although it seems mostly fine until it has finished flowering.
- Malope trifida
- I grew these from seeds that came free with a magazine. A very impressive flower that looks slightly unreal.
- Lythrum virgatum 'Rosy gem'
- My main patch of purple loosestrife. Another clump of this was just a single stalk last year, but this year is about 5 stalks.
- Veronicastrum 'Fascination'
- New this year, it had two stalks, but one broke off in the wind. Fortunately it is well branched so there are plenty of flowers.
- Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver heart'
- Last year B 'Looking glass' did well but this year it was badly eaten, so isn't looking very good. However this one is taking up the slack this year.