A photo a week – week 5

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Catananche

This morning there are flowers open again so I made up for my failure to photograph one the other day.

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Rain? What rain?

Despite yellow warnings for torrential downpours, the best we could manage today was about two dozen drops. That’s not going to refill the water butt, is it?

At least it has been overcast and much cooler today which is a relief. I took a few photos on the mobile this morning then went back out with the DSLR this afternoon, and got some better ones.

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Yellow lilies

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Orange lilies

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Schizanthus, aka poor man’s orchid

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Penstemon “Flamingo”

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Catananche – these were open this morning but later closed up. Unfortunately the photo I took this morning was out of focus.

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Hypericum berries

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Penstemon “Bodnant”

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And we have apples!

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The lilies are starting to open

Two vivid splashes of orange greeted me this morning, so I had to grab my phone and get some pictures. At least I could see what was on the screen today!

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We hadn’t grown lilies for some years as we got fed up with dealing with lily beetles. So I kept an eye on these, and last week spotted a couple of holes in leaves. The two culprits were found and squished immediately, but I’m remaining vigilant.

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Quick photos!

It’s still far too hot! Things are threatening to wilt, and the water butts are almost empty. On the plus side, we’re picking raspberries most days, and I just took a couple of very ropey photos on my phone (it was so bright I could barely see anything on the screen):

Callistemon:

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And lilies, almost there but not quite:

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[crawls back into the shade]

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In which it is absurdly hot

No, really. I had to venture to the shop about an hour ago and I think you could have fried eggs on the pavement. Anyway, despite the heat this weekend we have done some bits and bobs, and the plants seem to be wilting rather less than we are!

In the front, the astilbes seem to have been a good bet for the shady, mossy bit in front of the house, and are starting to flower – we have white, pink and dark red.

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Also in Problem Corner, the dianthus deltoides seem quite happy:

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And there’s even a primrose having a second go:

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(Problem Corner is of course where the peony is, and we were hugely amused to see the peony expert on Gardeners’ World on Friday assuring us that peonies need full sun and don’t like being in damp ground. Ours seems quite happy!)

The border at the front is looking packed with colour, and there’s more white lychnis which is a relief – last year I thought we’d lost them all.

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Salvia “Hot lips” is finally living up to its name after a few weeks of pure red flowers.

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The little blue hebe is coming into flower:

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Aquilegias still hanging on:

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And it’s the perfect time of year for one of my favourite colour combinations – pink lychnis with the frothy yellow of alchemilla:

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So good together.

Meanwhile at the back, we have some new arrivals – thanks to the Morrisons garden centre, a camellia for less than £5 and a deutzia for £1.50. The camellia is small but sturdy and will have red flowers:

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Both have gone in the bed towards the bottom of the garden but in a position where they will get some sun. We still have a spot of deeper shade which needs something in it but I’m not sure what.

The dark corner is somewhat relieved by the lavatera, just hitting its stride:

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And it seems to be where all the white stuff has ended up – hebe, mallow, lychnis and snapdragon:

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Heucheras are doing nicely and were the subject of some envy from our friend H who visited on Wednesday – Paris:

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And Sugar Frosting:

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Finally, never let it be said that we don’t recycle. J had to replace his work boots this week and we decided to make use of the old ones:

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That’s a nice blue lobelia in one and a cheery marguerite in the other.

Now, if anyone wants me, I’ll be in the shade with a g&t!

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A photo a week – week 4

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