Tuesday View (22nd July)

It’s extremely humid today after heavy rain last night and this morning. The garden looked a little bedraggled earlier, but the Perovskia is standing up again!


Everything is looking incredibly green for the end of July. The Scabiosa is opening, one solitary crocosmia is flowering for the first time, and the pink rose (back, centre) is excelling itself…


And the hover flies think it’s wonderful!


My favourite plant this week is the Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ that has just started flowering. I love its big leaves, but the red spiky flowers are pretty too. The insects love them, and they flower until the first frost. A robust, colourful addition to the rockery and the snails ignore them too!


What’s your favourite plant today?

34 thoughts on “Tuesday View (22nd July)

  1. Hot and humid here for days with no rain….maybe a bit of rain tomorrow and a cool down for a couple of days…the monarda is fabulous right now attracting all sorts of butterflies, moths and bees!

    • A shame Monarda doesn’t do well in my garden as I love the smell! Hope you get some rain… it has kept my garden going despite the heat.

  2. Wow! It is green and fresh! As you say this is no untypical for the end of July. I think we just have to enjoy it. Your Perovskia is looking lovely, does it seed itself around for you? Not sure what my favourite plant is this week,,maybe it is the Perovskia.

    • Hi Christina. My Perovskia seems to be spreading, but hasn’t seeded itself very profusely. I’d like a bigger plant on the other side of the rockery, but it doesn’t seem happy there. Perhaps it is one of these plants that choses where it will thrive?

  3. Your border looks so lovely. you must just spend all day starting at it! I love the focal point of those pink roses mixed with all the other flares of colour. My favourite thing right now? I am loving the astilbes, everything about them is making me happy right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Looking great! Perovskia is great this time of year and I do like it’s scent. Persicaria is a great plant for the border but right now I am loving Verbena bonariensis for its height, colour and movement and for the butterflies it brings in to the border. Your garden looks pretty as a picture. D

  5. Looks lovely, Cathy, very lush as you say so I think you’ve also got more rain than usual. Very green here too and I’m quite happy about the regular rain as it saves me a lot of time! Fine rose – do you know its name? What about the Persicaria, does it do well in the rockery or do you need to water it in very dry spells?

    • Yes, the rain has saved me watering my containers a lot! I don’t usually water any of the rockery unless there are new plants, so the Persicaria has never received an extra drink! Its roots are nicely protected under the Euonymous though. The rose was here when we came, hidden under a tangle of juniper and yew, so I don’t know its name. It rarely blooms so nicely as this year and i was even considering getting rid of it!

  6. Wonderful pink roses! Your rockery is looking great and the photos are picturesque.
    My favourite plants today are the blue “Eisenhut” together with cream-white Scabiosa. And the highlight in this afternoon: a swallowtail visiting my Verbena bonariensis!

  7. It does look like your plants are enjoying the rain, I bet you could pass on the humidity though ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You really do get a long season of color out of your slope and the rose has really outdone itself.
    My favorite plants this week are the tall phlox!

    • You’re right – it’s the humidity that makes the heat hard to bear, but it is definitely better today with a breeze. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tall phlox are very popular here and I wonder how people manage to grow it as the snails devour mine as soon as it appears in spring! I do love it so may have to try a different sort one day.

    • Thanks Nancy. The garden has done pretty well up to now, so we’re hoping August won’t be a scorching month as it can be. Hope you’re enjoying summer too! x

  8. That’s a very pretty rose Cathy, she goes beautifully with the perovskia too, which I think is currently my favourite plant. Your slope is certainly looking very lush, no sign of heat exhaustion at all. I have that same persicaria, its a rather wonderful plant, isn’t it. And I can certainly see Cephelaria gigantea fitting in rather well.

    • Thanks Janet. The Cephelaria is already in my virtual shopping basket for autumn orders! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The other side of the rockery is looking much drier, so you’re actually getting only half the picture really, but in all there has been enough rain to keep things ticking over so far.

    • Thanks for your lovely comment! There’s always room for improvement though and looking at the same view each week helps me remedy any gaps or clashes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Scorching hot here, with very little rain…the garden is starting to look like it’s been in a furnace. But I cannot complain about the heat, I just wish we could store a bit of it up for when winter arrives! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Wouldn’t that be great… a summer’s day in the middle of winter! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We must make the most of the warmth and stock up on vitamin D for the darker months. Hope you get a little ran for the garden though.

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