July was completely manic. My daughters turned 9 and 11 and enjoyed extended birthday celebrations organised by yours truly. The end of the school term reached epic levels of parental involvement with my oldest saying goodbye to primary school and my youngest leaving reception. And to end the month I spent a day serving cream teas to veteran guides (a long story). I hardly got out in the garden at all, at least not to do much actual gardening.
I have celebrated the start of August by getting reacquainted with our overgrown late summer garden, planting up a small fernery and tidying our front garden raised beds which were smothered with bindweed.
And so to this week’s six, joining in with The Propagator who invites us to share half a dozen snapshots from our weekend garden.
1. The fernery
This is rather a grand name for a small, tear-dropped shape raised brick bed under an apple tree which I have never quite known what to do with. I have planted a Dicksonia antarctica and am intrigued to know whether it will grow into a giant tree fern in my lifetime. Also a Dryopteris ‘Crispa Cristata’, a Polystichum and an Asplenium scolopendrium which has seen better days.
2. Dinner-plate dahlia
My mother-in-law gave me some dahlia tubers from Tesco to plant last year which I duly did. They weren’t up to much in their first season but this year one of them has produced the largest flower head I’ve seen outside of a sunflower.
3. White and orange
I’m loving the contrast between this pure white rose and fiery orange Crocosmia in our herbaceous border. I can’t claim the credit – they were both here when I arrived although I have carefully pruned the rose and not so carefully pulled out clumps of the Montbretia over the last three years (to no avail it is a complete thug!)
4. Hibiscus syriacus
I never tire of the beautiful blue of our Hibiscus. Nor it seems does the bee in the second photo which was writhing around in ecstasy in its flower cup.
5. Anemone x hybrida
While I’m not a huge fan of the pink Japanese anemone I love the white variety and am pleased that a couple of clumps of it have now taken off in our front garden.
6. My dad
It was lovely to spend yesterday afternoon in the company of my dad as we don’t often get to spend time together alone. I brought a chair out to the front garden and he earned his keep pulling out clumps of bindweed.