This is the plant that I bought at the tail end of last year with a
single flowering stem which managed to have a half open
flower before the winter cut it back.
This year it has returned as as a much bigger plant with
plenty of flower spikes. Here are some of the first
They have a fine delicate frilly edge.
These flowers are lasting well, which is
very unlike Sidalcea 'William Smith' which has flowers that seem to last a
day or two.
This is my last Geranium to flower.
It is a sprawling type and doesn't have a lot of room
I was suprised and delighted at how great this looked,
and I think that the photo isn't showing it quite as splendid as
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Weather as seemingly always is sunny with no rain in sight.
The lawn amazingly is still looking quite green, so some moisture is
still down there.
But I have not tried to cut it short since the dry spell started,
there are some shockingly brown lawns around where they have been
cut very short.
Today I watered even some of the more established plants as well as
the new ones.
This is the eve of my first Six on Saturday, so here goes...
1. Helenium 'Mardi gras'
This is new this year and was only planted in May but is the first
of my Heleniums to flower.
2. Monarda 'Prairie night'
This is an interesting flower and a lovely colour too. It is a great
plant. It is not staked but it stayed standing during the very high
winds we had a while back. It also hasn't appeared to suffer …
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There was very little rain this month, I think it has only rained
once. It has been dry for a long time now, although not always
accompanied by hot sunshine.
The last two weeks have all been very sunny, on many days the sun was
shining all day and most days there was at least some sun.
For this months round up, we will start with what is flowering,
you can compare with
June last year.
Pictures of many of the plants that were flowering at some point
during the month. More can be found in the other blog posts this
- Knautia macedonica 'Melton Pastels'
- This flowered well during the month. Many flowers, well liked by the
bees too. I would not really describe the colour as a pastel shade...
- For some reason this flowers much later in my garden than anywhere
else. It finally had its …
Last year I concluded it was mostly a waste of time to plant annuals
early in the house.
So this year I planted Zinnia and Californian poppies directly into
Other seeds were either planted in cells straight outside or
germinated indoors (I did get a better germination rate) and then
quickly moved outside.
All this was well after the frosts had passed, at the end of April and
beginning of May.
And here we have the first Californian poppy flower. Last year the
first picture of an open poppy was on the 2nd of July but it may have
been out for a day or two already.
So there we go, planting in mid March as I did last year provided no
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My Actaea pachypoda 'misty blue' was seemingly doing fine, when I
got it the leaves were hardly open but they quickly grew and there
were three flowers. Then recently one small leaf wilted,
I immediately watered it well of course, but
rapidly more and more leaves fell and eventually the whole plant
seemed to be gone.
There seemed to be nothing to lose, so I dug it up to see what might
be going on.
The roots were all moist but very congested, I tried to break them
apart the best I could before replanting it. The roots were very
tough so this was not easy.
I will leave it for a while to see if there is any new growth but I am
Its not easy to see in the photo as the dead leaves blend into the
soil, the bulk of the dead leaves are slumped …
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The dry spell continues even though it rained today it was hardly
enough to wet the surface of the soil, never mind giving the plants a
Since the garden is usually very wet I've planted many plants this
year that do not like to dry out.
Since they are not well established, this is the worst time for
this lack of rain, so I am watering more than I would normally do.
Yesterday storm Hector hit.
Since the garden is not that large, the fences provide some shelter,
but the wind whips down the gap between the house and the next which
affects all the new plants on the left side of the garden.
A couple of Lupin flowers and some leaves were torn from the plant,
the new Phlox has a broken stem at ground level, and a Polemonium had
its flower stem flattened.
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The two orchids have returned this year.
Last year the one by the back door had a short flower head
and looked distinctly different to other one, but this year
the back door one is much taller and perhaps more impressive
than the one beneath The Tree.
This orchid grows wild in the area, so I am assuming that it wild and
not deliberately planted but obviously I don't know for sure.
The one at the back door is right
next to the paving which would not be somewhere that I would plant
I spent a long time last year trying to decide if they were Northern
Mash Orchids, or Southern Mash Orchids.
It looks a bit more like the SMO, but on the other hand
this is too far North for it.
Also the SMO is supposed to be a taller than these are.
They are so variable …