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From left to right, top to bottom: Clematis obelisks (C. 'Elsa Spath', C. 'Dorothy Walton'? and C. 'Hagley Hybrid' on the left and my 2 clematis sports on the right); Gladiolus byzantinus*; C. 'Crystal Fountain'; Rosa 'Rambling Rector'; C. 'Rouge Cardinal'; Aquilegia 'Mckanna hybrid'; C. 'Arabella'; Cosmos 'Chocamocha'*; sport of C. 'Crystal Fountain; Geranium 'Splish Splash'; C. 'Rouge Cardinal' & C. 'John Paul II', self-sown Allium christophii; C. 'Hagley hybrid'; Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'; the label says C. 'Duchess of Albany', I think it looks more like C. 'Ville de Lyon'; this year's new welcoming hanging basket; sport of C. 'Josephine'; a bargain Regal Pelargonium*; C. 'Elsa Spath'; and creamy Euonymus flowers
* = new this year
What a difference 2 weeks makes! Dan Pearson said at the Hay Festival he felt one of the joys of designing here in the UK is how regularly a garden changes on a daily basis. I feel this must have been happening whilst I was away as the garden looks well and truly in its summer clothing. I make no apologies for showing off my Clematis and some of this year's new arrivals.
My garden trail for Blooms Day has also revealed some new lessons to ponder: I'm pleased to report that my Dahlia duvet has worked for D. 'Moonfire' and D. 'David Howard' in spite of last winter's chills and my misgivings. It looks like having a duvet and being closer to the protective terrace wall have been key factors in their survival. Sadly the middling bed D. 'Happy Party' and D. 'Romeo' have yet to put in an appearance.
The pictured Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' is the result of an experiment from my spring trimming tasks. I have 2 plants from last year which flowered continually from April until the really cold weather this February. After that both were very woody, but with some tiny side shoots towards the bottom of the plants. I ruthlessly chopped everything back to these, gave them a good mulching and left them to their own devices. The result you see is the plant with a good crop of new flowers and growth. This was the one with the healthy looking sideshoots when cut back: the other had rather sickly looking ones and looks even worse at the moment...
Why didn't anyone tell me how wonderfully scented Regal Pelargoniums are? I've had an an aversion to all things Pelargonium since infant school, where musty cuttings of the more common types of annual Geraniums were overwintered in a corridor outside the headmaster's study. Their awful scent put me off all Pelargoniums for life, but no longer. I want more of these ones please. I'm also enjoying the delicate blooms of the Cosmos, but have yet to detect anything of a chocolatey scented nature...
The Rosa 'Rambling Rector' has yet to get fully into its stride on the side fence, but NAH has complained already about it clawing at his clothes since we got back home on Saturday. Happy sigh. Now I really know it's summer :)
Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.