I've been looking forward to July, to see the full year of bloom days in my garden, and now it's here, I almost forgot. - Thanks to Carol for hosting as ever. - A great show of flowers from all around the world, as usual i've loved seeing what everyone has to offer, especially as it's so different from me, even those fairly close by
we've had a lot of drought in England Surrey, - and although there was heavy rain last night, - my water butt's didn't fill all the way to the top.
My free draining soil has meant there have been casualties, - the Erigeron isn't doing as well as usual, and Astrantias have suffered, but here are my beauties.
much maligned Alchemilla, - but mine have looked fab all through the dry weather, and the purple sedem behind frames them beautifully.
my shady (read lots of tree roots, and leaves falling) border was hard hit this season with the ferns giving up the ghost, but the hostas, have hardly any slug holes and are now flowering their socks off.
and even those chosen for foliage not flowers have been taking part, - here ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens.
my vergeside wildflowers havn't liked the weather this year, - but this helenium and verbena have loved it (sorry wind blowing, and couldn't get a still picture)
This eryngium is going from strength to strength, and I now have loads of seedlings to plant out, - anyone know if they come true?
I am a Hydrangea fan, but I know they take years to grow to full size, - these are mine trying there best in their 2nd seasons
Lacecap Hydrangea in the shade, - gets all my washing up bowl throw outs!
i've never been fond of lilies as they create hayfever hate in this household, - but having them outside the front door really helps, - a scent of perfume without the overpowering smell. The phlox in the background have been transplanted from the back where they do really poorly because of dry soil, to here where they are thriving.
And although most of my back garden is devoted to fruit and vegetables ( and childrens play space) I do like my companion planting in my veg patch. -Sweet pea Matucana and Calendula .