Summer lovin’ – A Year in Our Garden; 2017 in Pictures; Part 3 – June to August

As the rain sheets down outside and I can’t seem to get warm inside thanks to our ageing central heating system, summer feels a very long way off. So in an attempt to conjure up some inner heat, here are some pictures of our garden last summer.

June

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1 June: this Phlomis provides some extra rays of sunshine in the garden
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4 June: the blooms on Rosa Gertrude Jekyll smell as good as they look
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5 June: the Little Weeds relaxing in the garden
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15 June: Gracie and Nibbles the Guinea pigs are part of the reason our lawn has been ravaged
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16 June: broad beans for dinner
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18 June: Gertrude tarts up our tired taps
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18 June: the morning after our summer party
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18 June: these lanterns were a quid each from Tiger
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29 June: garden has settled in for the summer
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29 June: rose arch and figs
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29 June: our grapevine is out of control again
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29 June: Buddleia tree
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29 June: steps with calendula, nasturtiums, strawberries, viola and petunias

 

July

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2 July: après la pluie
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3 July: calendula flowers in the veg patch
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6 July: myrtle in bloom
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16 July: happy hydrangeas
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16 July: herbaceous border with Verbena bonariensis, Crocosmia, Nepeta, Fatsia and Alliums
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16 July: first apples
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16 July: shed finally cleared out with a helping hand from Handy Andy
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16 July: Middle Weed helps with watering
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20 July: Myrtus communis and Hibiscus
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20 July: Hibiscus close up
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31 July: pears against a blue sky
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31 July: grapes!
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31 July: this beautiful Begonia bloomed all summer on our shady terrace
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31 July: my mum gave me this hot pink Salvia which comes back every year

 

August

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6 August: little shed needs a haircut
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6 August: veg patch overgrown with potatoes, runner beans, pumpkins and courgettes
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6 August: I left it too late to pick the plums and the rain got to them first
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6 August: harvesting the first apples and pears before we go on holiday
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6 August: shady den
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6 August: Erigeron karvinskianus is taking off

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