The Tuesday View: 9th August 2016

My view for this week was actually photographed on Monday afternoon… I noticed how mid-afternoon part of the south-facing rockery is now in the shade of our tall fir trees. Yes, the sun is getting lower in the sky already!


The fern (bottom left) is yellowing slightly, but the rest of the rockery is still fairly green. Much of the Centranthus has been cut right down, and the lavender too. This means some of the ground cover plants (Heuchera and creeping Sedums) should now have time to regenerate and the Geraniums have more light and space too. Some of the oriental poppies are sending up fresh foliage, which fills in the gaps nicely. And of course the Perovskia can take all the limelight again, this week with the bright red Persicaria “Blackfield” peeping through it, as well as the Scabiosa. Above and beyond it is the yellow Potentilla fruticosa (possibly “Goldfinger”) which is flowering wonderfully again this year- it has been given a hard pruning the last few autumns, which seems to suit it.


Here is the view from a bit higher up again…


On the far bottom left you can see a small Miscanthus already flowering – not sure what sort it is though. In case you can see it, at the top right is a vase of Japanese anemones on the table on the patio.

It would be lovely to see your view again this week, to observe any changes as summer starts to ebb towards its grand finale! Just leave a link in the comments so we can all find you and enjoy your gardens too.

Have a good week!

30 thoughts on “The Tuesday View: 9th August 2016

  1. The Russian Sage just goes and goes, doesn’t it? I love it! I also love how everything in your garden mingles together, like the Persicaria and and Perovskia. It looks so natural! I’ve been considering putting in some Potentilla here myself, to add some more yellow to the Terrace Garden. Thanks for sharing and hosting, Cathy!

      • LOL! Those anemones are in the wild bit of the garden that never gets photographed. I inherited them when we came here and it is a huge patch. I could have picked another three vases full and you wouldn’t even notice they had gone! I do love them, and have tried spreading them around, but they love that one patch. Maybe there is underground water at that spot? No idea!

    • The Potentilla shrubs are a great plant for most of the year, adding structure to the rockery – easy to care for, with just pruning in autumn. I can recommend them.

    • Observing this part of the garden was originally partly to see how much shade it gets when it is not high summer, so seeing that shade also made me gulp. Still, we have a good two or three months of blooms yet. 🙂

  2. Your border looks just stunning, Cathy. Can’t get over how happy your Perovskia looks and everything is so fresh and green, I’m a little envious. Planted Blackfield this spring and it’s doing so well. Beautiful vases too – I like ‘what you call summer’. Happy days to you 🙂

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  4. We have such long summers, but really, fall is sneaking in here, too, Cathy. Our seasonal changes are subtle, but there are definite changes in the garden. Almost all of the annuals are on the decline and the sun, although still quite high, has a slightly different slant. I think it’s exciting when we know our own little piece of the earth so well that we can see the differences although someone else may not. Things are blooming nicely yet…and I hope you get many more weeks of enjoyment before the weather turns cold!

    • You are right. Sometimes I can’t quite put my finger on those little changes but they are there. The sun is slightly lower, but still has some real power in it! 🙂

  5. Nooo! The sun is not allowed to get lower in the sky yet! I am already missing the longer evenings. Thankfully your border is looking fabulous and hiding any hints of seasonal changes. How wonderful that you inherited such beautiful anemones to grace your table.

    • Those anemones are really lovely every year Sarah, and I always have to cut some as they tend to get a bit wild and flattened if it rains on them!

    • Thank you! A rock or boulder might be a great addition to your garden Alys. I love mine in winter when there are hardly any plants showing. 🙂

          • Our cat Mouse insists on bringing the poor things indoors. They’re almost always alive and terrified of course with one of two scenarios: frozen in place in fear or racing around the house. We use rose gloves to pick them up if they are slow, and a plastic container and cardboard if they are fast. Then they’re released deep in the back of the garden, poor little things.

            I hope your lizard population returns. They like he heat, so we see them in the summer.

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