31 Jul 2015

July Garden Roundup


Even though July's weather was changeable the flowers in the garden continued to do their own thing. Here are some of them.


The roses have been ongoing. The phlox has replaced the oriental poppies and peonies of June. A clematis is beginning to flower after a slow start this year. The self-seeded poppies didn't turn out to be the purple Patty's Plum as I'd hoped, but a red variety. Nevertheless, they're still pretty and they draw the bees.



We've been enjoying the peas and broad beans, new potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves and some rhubarb. The two peaches are still growing and colouring up on the tree in a pot in the covered yard, which is rather amazing.   



40 comments:

  1. Linda, your flowers are certainly doing their thing - they're lovely. The veggies are looking good too. My tomatoes are only ripening in two's and threes this year.

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    1. As I've said before it's a shame we have less room for veggies since giving up the allotment, but what we do grow we appreciate, especially the first lot of peas and beans of the season. The tomatoes in the covered way have a head start over the ones outside in the planters.

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  2. Your garden photos are lovely... you clearly have very 'green fingers'. Jx

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    1. I think we grow the flowers and vegetables that we know will do well in our garden and Mr. P. is an enthusiastic veggie gardener, which helps.

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  3. Your garden has done so beautifully hasn't it!!! So many beautiful flowers! xx

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    1. It has been another good month in the garden and we're enjoying both the flowers and the vegetables.

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  4. What a fabulous collection of blooms. I don't know what has happened to my phlox this year. It has foliage but no flowers!

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    1. Yes, quite colourful, although I'm trying to plan blocks of one colour or the same hues. I've been rearranging plants and shrubs. Mr. P. is very patient as he does the digging up and planting! We transferred the phlox from the former bed that's now a seating area. They have become established, but then we thinned them out as the L shaped plot and wide hedge means we can only have a narrow flower border. Shame about your phlox not flowering! I'm not so keen on the candy colour that we have and would like a white or mauve, but they do blend into the mainly pink and whites of the season.

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  5. You have such a gorgeous garden!!! Thank you so much for sharing, Linda, it has been dangerous hot and humid here in Montreal and your photos are giving me a very welcome respite. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Linda. Hot and humid weather is difficult to cope with. I like the freshness of the UK climate in the summer - even the rain showers - although not when it's cloudy and the air pressure is heavy. I hope you get some respite from the heat very soon.

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    1. I expect you can tell I enjoy taking photos of flowers! Watching the tomatoes ripen and change colour is satisfying too!

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  7. Beautiful Linda - your garden lives up to your header perfectly - "a rich tapestry"

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Rosemary.

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  8. You have some beautiful plants and flowers in your garden, Linda - it must be a delight at this time of year. The purple clematis in your first photo set is wonderful and your roses are lovely:)

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    1. It has taken a few years since we moved here to get the garden established and rearrange to our taste and needs, but it's coming along. The purple clematis with the dark red centre, Parisienne, is growing up the fig tree. It died back and I'm pleased that it's growing again and has started to produce flowers. My favourite rose this Summer is Joie de Vivre as it changes colour from pink to a very pale apricot. It seems happy in the ground since it's producing many beautiful blooms.

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  9. You are an expert gardener! Your flowers are amazing. How I wish my garden could be so pretty but my soil is very poor here in southern California. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you Pat (Lilly's Mom). I think you grow succulents and you have a pretty Californian courtyard garden. I admire your cooking and crocheting skills. I hope you have a good August :)

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  10. Your flowers look gorgeous Linda , it's a real rich tapestry. By the way your kitchengarden looks great too.
    Wish you a happy new gardening week!

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    1. Thank you Jenneke. I wish you a good week too - and good weather so that you can enjoy your gardening.

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  11. Oh my goodness! You do have a colorful flower garden. What beauty! What is the name of the white puffball flower in the first batch of pictures?

    The roses are exquisite. Roses are difficult to grow here so I appreciate them.

    The garden veggies look great too. We're just starting to get a little more than lettuce just now. Soon the garden produce will flood us all at once.

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    1. Hello Jody. Good to hear from you as I know you lead a busy life. It's satisfying when you can harvest the vegetables and fruit. At the moment I've been cooking sauces with fresh tomatoes, bottling plum tomatoes that have ripened all at once and also enjoying salad tomatoes. It's not a big crop, unlike the one we're used to gathering and bottling in Italy, but very welcome. The white puffballs are the seed heads of a small, white allium called 'Graceful'. It had pretty star-like flowers. I used the stalks for cooking when they were young and I keep the seed heads. The plant lives up to its name and is a pretty addition in the herb patch.

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    2. OK, now I see that they are allium. Sweet. Sounds like you are busy with your veggie crops. Thank you for answering my question.

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  12. Wow, Linda! What an amazing array!!! And looks as if it's a whole lot of work to keep things looking so good...lucky you have a gardener for a hubby :)!

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    1. The collage shows just some of what's growing in the flower garden and veggie plot! Mr. P. is a good gardener and enjoys working in the veggie plot and yard and we're both learning about what we can introduce and grow in the flower beds.

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  13. Hi Linda. your garden is amazing and so is the garden veggies! It is so delicious to eat the veggies and leaves that grow in your own garden! The flower colors are gorgeous!!

    Cheers, Sandra

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    1. We appreciate home grown vegetables and fruit. We're looking forward to a crop of apples and pears. Some have dropped off the two small trees because of windy days even though the garden is quite sheltered. The figs are doing well. I hope you have a good week Sandra.

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  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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  15. Oh! The roses are simply heavenly! I can't get over the fact you have ripe tomatoes!!! Mine are green and tiny, but they were last year too and suddenly put a spurt on and fruited until December! Just loved your harvest!xxx

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    1. Hello Dina. Thanks for coming by my blog. I'm sure you're looking forward to ripe tomatoes. We can't get enough of them. We should have more ripening up as the plants are at different stages too. The ones outside are still green. Plum tomatoes (Roma) do well for us.

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  16. Your round up is lovely. The flowers such lovely softness. The veggies remind me of what I brought in today from the garden and the farm stand.

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  17. Your garden continues to look beautiful Linda. It has been so unusually warm and dry here that it has been a challenge to keep our flowers blooming this year. And how wonderful to be able to pick the vegetables for your supper from your own back yard. Heavenly!

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  18. Thank you Marilyn and Gloriade. Harvesting your own vegetables is satisfying. I'm thankful to have a garden full of beautiful flowers.
    (I was unable to reply to you individually today due to a Blogger technical problem, but wish you or anyone else who kindly leaves a comment a very good week).

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  19. How I do love your flowers, pink roses, and veggies from the garden. This time of year can almost be over whelming with produce and flowers, but I do love it so.

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  20. Linda - what a glorious array of colour.
    The flowers look lovely.

    All the best Jan

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  21. Your garden has done you proud this summer. I returned home to a very overgrown garden after six weeks away as I am sure you can imagine!

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  22. Your garden looks so healthy and bright – I bet your vegetable are very tasty. I long for the outdoor markets in France, here we do not have them and supermarket vegetables just don’t have as much flavor.

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  23. Linda, your flowers are gorgeous! Your veggies look yummy, too. Your English weather must be just right for growing all sorts of plants. There's not much to see around us right now. It's been too hot and dry. God bless! Bess

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  24. Oh I'm just drooling over your roses Linda - superb!
    You may know I'm a rose lover too especially the old fashioned and David Austins - I particularly love the old Damask roses with their very special fragrance.
    Wonderful photos thank you Linda
    Hugs
    Shane

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