The Tuesday View: 12th July 2016

A thunderstorm overnight has brought temperatures down to the 20s and has provided the garden with a good drink and the gardener with the opportunity to do some tidying up… after all, I wanted to make my view look a bit respectable before showing it to you today! When I took the photos it was drizzling slightly, but already it is raining quite hard again.


Both the Lavender and the purple Linaria are going over – we had some pretty high temperatures at the weekend. But now the Perovskia is slowly becoming the focus, while the red rose (cut back this morning) is still going strong with plenty of new buds. The Centranthus has run out of steam and although I have only trimmed it back, I don’t think it will flower much more this summer… with no hummingbird hawk-moths to visit it has little function anyway, as the bees and most butterflies (except the skippers) seem to prefer the lavender and other flowers. And now my dwarf Buddleia (‘Buzz Velvet’) is also out (just behind the red rose at the top of the rockery) so the Marbled Whites and Tortoiseshells have been visiting its rich magenta blooms.


By next week my Crocosmia should also be visible (you can see the leaves behind/to the right of the buddleia) … exciting for me as they rarely flower in our normal summers. They clearly like a damp spring.

What changes have you observed in your garden this week? Do join me in sharing your view each week, to focus on the seasons progressing. Kimberley at Cosmos and Cleome also often shows us several of her views on a Tuesday, while I just focus on one. If you wish, leave a link in the comments so we can find you and can enjoy watching the seasons change in other parts of the world too. 😀

39 thoughts on “The Tuesday View: 12th July 2016

    • My crocosmia was one of the first plants I put in, and I think I have had one bloom so far! So I will be celebrating this year as there are 5 or 6 about to open! 🙂 Glad you could join in again Susie.

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  2. Oh, many subtle changes from last week. It is amazing to watch the progress. I love the red rose draws the eye up and beyond. I will join you later as I have to wait for the sun to lower!

  3. Here in California it never rains in the summer. Our garden would so different with more water! I adore all the lush shades of green, a cradle for each and every bloom.

    • We had a very hot and dry summer last year, so I should be enjoying this wet year… if it wasn’t for the mosquitoes perhaps I would, but we can’t have it all! 😉

    • I wanted a dwarf buddleia so I can still look across the top of the rockery when sitting on the patio, so that narrowed down the choice, but I really like this colour! The paler one down at the bottom of the west rockery is not in flower yet. I also have a golden one with buds on. Can’t wait to see that flower as it didn’t do much in its first year. I just hooe they all attract loads of butterlies! 🙂 Hope you get some good rain soon Frank. If I could send you some of ours I would!

  4. Your plants seem very well behaved. You must know them very well so that you can keep them from out competing each other at the wrong time. I have difficulty sometimes losing plants under more vigorous neighbours. Amelia

    • I am sure a few have been smothered this year Amelia, as it is like a jungle out there! Many things have grown tall and flopped, unused to the wet spring, and I haven’t staked anything so it is a matter of the survival of the fittest! 😉

    • It has been very damp all spring and early summer, so the garden is looking much greener than usual. I wonder what August will throw at us this year. Last summer was the opposite – a dry spring and hot and dry summer. At least I have hardly had to water anything, even my pots have got enough rainwater!

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    • I think my Crocosmia has only ever given me one bloom in about 8 or 9 years! So I am quite excited this year! I will be sure to show it off when it opens! 🙂

  6. I think your lavender still looks beautiful. I’m very partial to it. I have several varieties in my garden and they all do well with or without much rain. The pink roses are particularly eye-catching! Still no rain in these parts, Cathy. I’d love an unexpected garden shower! 🙂

    • I think my lavender prefers dry years, so I am not surprised it does well for you Debra. Wish I could send you a few of our showers. 🙂

    • I think the Perovskia can cope well with drought and heat but then of course I don’t really know about desert gardening! It has been unusually wet this year but the rockery is very stony and well-drained, so I can only really grow plants that like relatively dry conditions and can withstand strong summer sunshine. And cold winds and frosts in winter! Glad you could join in again Amy!

  7. Hi Cathy, your border still looks quite fresh. We thankfully had some rain and everything is looking better including the gardener that was starting to get worried! Rain and cooler temperatures have definitely helped. Teucrium about to start flowering – looking forward to it 🙂

    • Oh I wish I could send you some of our rain! It has been raining for what seems like days now! Your revamped garden has had a good spring to get established though. I wonder how your pumpkins are doing… Hope you are having a good week Alys. 🙂

      • Cathy, it’s so often to story of our world: getting resources where they are needed. Too much rain in some places, not enough in others. Excess crops, not enough crops. And so it goes. One day we’ll sort it out. I’m sure of it.

        My pumpkins…you can’t imagine. I’ve already harvested two and have three more ready to go in about a week. My new crop (the one I planted) is just getting underway, so it seems for the first time ever I’ll have two crops in a season. Crazy fun. I hope you get some dry days soon.

  8. [J] Not sure which is more difficult to manage, sheep or plants in an herbacious border. Getting in amongst either after rain results in being soaked from the knees down – or worse, and both tend to include some members that have an inclination to strike out for new territory.

    • LOL! Yes, after tidying up the rockery I was soaked to just above the knees. It’s a bit treacherous in there when the ground is wet, but I know the footholds by now!

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