|End of Month View July 2014|
There is now a distinct chill in the air of an evening. Many of the plants around the garden are gearing up for autumn. However, if the press are to be believed we are in for an Indian summer come September....roll on Monday then! It's chucking it down here right now, early Friday evening. We are experiencing a few more rain falls here and there and of that I am glad - keeping this new border and lawn adequately watered in it's first season has been a long slog! Lack of water here in Scotland is certainly not the norm. We are renowned the world over for our miserably wet summers.
|End of Month View August 2014|
|Sorbus Autumn Spire|
The new lawn, although it doesn't show in the picture, I feel could do with a little pick me up - it's looking rather parched close up. I'm not one for feeding lawn, lawns generally do just fine here on their own but only this morning, as I was mowing, I thought it was looking a bit miserable. I've given it a general lawn feed and just hope I don't live to regret it. Although the instruction said it can be used right up until September - it's at the back of my mind it's late in the year and don't particularly want growth to go into overdrive. Mind you, it won't the the first time I've had to mow the lawn in winter.
There have been two minor changes since last month. The first, was to do away with the Sambucus Black Lace on the back tier. There had been a niggling doubt in the back of my mind at the time of planting - I was betwixt and between the Sambucus and the Physocarpus. The Sambucus won on the day of planting but the niggling doubt just didn't go. I've now swapped it for the P. opulifolium Lady in Red - I like it far better than I did the Sambucus. I think the reddish tones of the foliage fit better and the fact that it will grow no where near the massive proportions of the Sambucus, is another plus. I don't think you've seen this back tier since the early summer growth sprut of the perennials on the lower level. You might be wondering what I've done with the Sambucus - it's found a new home in the neighbour's garden.
The other change is not so apparent and came about when I got in a bit of tizzy regarding what might happen if we ever experience flooding again. I lost so many plants a few years back that the risk of loosing my rather expensive Itoh hybrid Peony is one risk too many. It's been replaced with a red flowering daylily and a new home found for the peony in the front garden.
|Lonicera periclymenum Fragrant Cloud|
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