The Tuesday View: 2nd August 2016

The summer is flying by and the garden is progressing too. We had rain all day Sunday, which made the Perovskia droop somewhat, and today it is raining again – I picked the perfect 5 minute interval in showers for these photos of the rockery today, and the sun almost came out – two minutes later it was raining again!

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And from a few steps higher…

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The Persicaria foliage and red spiky flowers make up for the fact that the red rose is only showing a few flowers at the moment…

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And the Scabiosa ochroleuca is now in full bloom in front of the Perovskia…

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… then there are also these dear little white flowers, which have spread around the rockery: Succisella inflexa ‘Frosted Pearls’…

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The bees love it as much as I do and were there the moment the rain stopped.

I wonder how the month has begun in your garden. Do share your view so we can see how it progresses through the seasons.

Happy August!

In a Vase on Monday: Diversity

The word “diversity” pops up in all sorts of contexts these days, but as I picked the flowers for my vase this morning I was very aware of the diversity of shapes and textures as well as the origins of my plants. The dictionary definition included the following: “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, etc….. different cultures in a group…”. Very appropriate, as I look at the native wild Teucrium, Japanese anemones, Hydrangeas and mint, to name but a few…

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I shall try and list all the flowers and foliage I included – I did go a bit overboard, but wanted something big this week!

Silver birch foliage, Japanese anemone, Buddleia alternifolia stem, Buddleia buds, Hydrangeas (deep red and pale pink), Heuchera, Apple mint, Perovskia, various grasses, Teucrium (wild T. chamaedrys and T. hircanicum), Zinnias, a white Cleome, a sedum bud, Geranium phaeum, and a pink antirrhinum.

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The Cleome certainly looks exotic, with its spidery petals, and yet the Anemones are so familiar it is hard to imagine European gardens without them. All these foreigners crowding into gardens do create greater diversity indeed.

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I wonder how many plants in my garden are actually of German/ Central European origin!

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… something for me to ponder over during the summer.

Thanks as always to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme.

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