Flowering favourites, July 2019

Well, it is the end of July so there should be some flowers in the garden. My hollyhocks, sown from seed earlier this year, won’t bloom until next summer, but I spotted this beautiful single pink variety in our local park.

Single hollyhock in Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

Of course summertime is the season of plenty in the flower garden and there really, really must be some to cut for the house.

A spray of the rambling rose ‘Ethel’ (planted as a bare-root rose this spring), a mophead from the old hydrangea and a couple of old-fashioned sweet peas.

Disappointingly, there are not as many as I would have hoped, but it is a start.

The second and last spray of the rambling rose and a mophead from my newly planted hyrdrangea ‘Schneeball’ and a few old-fashioned sweet peas.

And, naturally, just as my late-sown sweet peas are getting into their stride, Mother Nature gifts us a mini heatwave. And, sweet peas do not like the heat.

First of the dark red dahlias to bloom – dahlia ‘Black Jack’

It can all be a little disheartening, but that’s the standard trials and tribulations of gardening.

I don’t have a photo of the old hydrangea in the front before the rain, but I saw my next door neighbour has posted a couple of pictures on Instagram.

As if all this heat wasn’t enough, last Friday we had torrential rain through the night and I woke up to find the big old hydrangea at the front of my house had split in two.

The sheer number of huge, sodden blooms had weighed down the shrub until one of the two main stems split. I have had to remove nearly half of the plant. I stuck a handful of blooms in a vase and have strung up some stems to dry, but sadly most of it has been chopped up and added to the compost bin.

And, a few more sweet peas, dahlias and clematis and the salvaged hydrangea blooms in the background.

Nevertheless there is good news, the remains of the hydrangea is still adding some oomph to the pot arrangements at the front of the house.

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Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

14 thoughts on “Flowering favourites, July 2019”

  1. Love these pastel colours. I’m a bit worried about our tiny patch of garden peas – I’m not sure they’ll like the heat either. We don’t have many pods, but each one is a joy.

    1. I think garden peas are pretty much like sweet peas. They stop producing flowers/pods (dependent on the variety) as the temperature rises much above 21 degrees centigrade. They should start producing again as the temperatures drop. I don’t have enough space these days to grow them, but fresh peas straight from the garden are delicious aren’t they?

  2. This is like a mini saga of an epic, with storms and drama and a bit of redemption. Growing things is a journey like our own are, I think, and plants and people’s lives in parallel. I enjoyed this post very much.

    1. Thank you. The pastels are still going, but into August my zingy dahlias are now blooming. Gardening is extremely good at reminding me of the cyclical nature of life on the planet, mostly in a positive way.

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