Sunday, 30 July 2017

Through the Garden Gate July 2017

I was reading an article this week that mentioned that the garden in July was much the same as June. We get used to having an abundance of flowers, most of which have continued flowering in both months. There are however some new flowers to enjoy.......... 


Allium sphaerocephaloalate has egg shaped flowers that slowly turn from green to pink and then blackcurrant purple - they have been very popular with the insects too. I planted lots of them last Autumn and it has been a delight to see them popping up all around the garden.



 The Echinops ritro is looking at it's best - we have had this plant in our gardens for many years and still love it. I just discovered that it is also known as blue hedgehog which is a good way to describe it!

Hollyhocks


Geranium Rozanne


 Pink Snapdragon that have reappeared from last year


Cosmos and sweet peas


Could that be Jackson hiding in the neighbouring field?

On the salad and vegetable side of the garden the vegetables have all grown in size since last month. We have had our first crop of potatoes, which turned out to one of the best tasting potatoes we have ever grown. Unfortunately we have somehow mislaid the name of them! Has anyone got any good cucumber recipes - we seem to have a glut on them!
The usual views of the garden unfortunately looking a bit wet and soggy - it feels as if we have had lots of rain and strong wind in the past month.





What is your favourite plant or disaster this month in the garden?

If you would like to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site. Those participating this month so far are :-

33 comments:

  1. Your garden is beautiful.

    I have been enjoying garden produce. The lettuce bolted however, with the heat a few weeks ago. I had to send it to compost. It broke my heart though.

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  2. Sweet peas are my disaster, I can't grow them,I got plants this year, they sit in my garden, not growing!

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    1. I planted two crops of sweet peas this year. The plants I grew in the Autumn and gave extra manuare are magnificent. Sarah x
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  3. My own little garden is something of a work in progress - I don't like it as it is but I've left the flowers and shrubs the previous owners had just to help the insects over the summer - my ragwort has been absolutely buzzing with bees and hoverflies, I'll keep some of that when I redevelop the garden :)

    I do always enjoy seeing how your garden is doing - there's always plenty to see!

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    1. It is always a good idea to spend the first year in a new garden just observing and seeing what you have. I'm sure you have lots to do inside at the moment too ! Sarah x

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  4. The blue hedgehogs are one of my favourite flowers - to enjoy in foreign gardens.
    Wll be writing my post tomorrow - it has been a week with four walk / hikes in it.

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    1. I will check tomorrow and link to you post. Sarah x

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    2. Here you go
      http://eefalsebay.blogspot.co.za/2017/07/false-bay-garden-in-july.html

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  5. I have just planted some Echinops. Your garden is beautiful - for some reason ours doesn't feel as colourful this year as usual. I would love to join in with your Through the garden gate but would probably fail miserably at committing at the moment as life is still a bit busy - perhaps I might join later?

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    1. Anyone can join Through the Garden Gate at anytime. It would good to see more of your garden when you have more time to join us. Sarah x

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  6. Love all of your flower photos, and your runner beans look at the same stage as ours - we enjoy a handful everyday.
    My biggest disaster this year are my Morning Glories. Everytime I have planted some seeds and seedlings have developed something has come along every night and eaten them. I am now having one last attempt and keeping them in the conservatory overnight until they are sturdy, but maybe they will be too late to flower this year now.

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  7. Oh Sarah, not only do you live in the prettiest spot on earth, your garden is beautiful too. I love those echinops, blue hedgehogs. I have never seen them and will definitely be on the lookout for some seeds. My phlox is still giving me joy and the blackeyed Susans. I need to draw out some plans for next summer. I always forget if I don't.

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  8. Hi Sarah, in our garden there are not much flowers this moth. I'm waiting for Helenium.
    My plant of disaster is definitivly my boxhedge, the Zünsler is there, Do not know the british name. We must remove it.

    Sigrun

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  9. Your garden is looking very lovely! Our garden has changed a lot from June to July, at the moment the day lillies are still going strong and looking beautiful, the lavender has gone over now though so I will cut it back in the coming weeks.

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    1. We need to cut our lavender too! Sarah x

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  10. Your garden always looks so beautiful. The runners look good, judging from the flowers. We've had potatoes too and hundreds of courgettes! Hoping to be fit to run this weekend. Should know by thurs so will drop you a line then with our schedule! Xx

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    1. Keep my fingers crossed that you will be fit e enough to run. Sarah x

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  11. Love those flowers and do so admire beautiful gardens and the people who create them. ABAB will shortly run an article on open gardens, if you're interested. My own gardening skills are somewhat limited - though I'm a willing labourer and snipper. I think our biggest disaster this year has been the arrival of several new cats in the neighbourhood, who have decided that our garden is their personal toilet...argh!

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  12. What I'm loving every year, is my own blossoming. The flowers all come back, the very same ones. Our shrubs are well, very lush and pretty much the same. But what keeps changing is me; my eyes, though failing as I age, are seeing more. I went out this morning to another neighborhood in my city, where the homes are from a different era, and the gardens are more wild. I took photos with my macro lens and I see more than I ever saw. I think in the end, we are the shoots that grow taller and taller every year, if we let the sun shine into us....

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  13. Your garden is inspiring, you've done so much in a short time frame. Thank you for sharing it with us. Living in North Carolina, summer means doing battle with a wide array of very hungry caterpillars. This time of year I find no joy in that otherwise lovely children's book...

    I fell madly in love with Dorset years ago, and relish your posts. Am a great fan of Thomas Hardy novels and the old version of "Far from the Madding Crowd." Took your suggestion and am watching "Broadchurch." Harbour Cliff astounds me--I want to back up to it, spread my arms wide and look up at it looming over over me :)

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    1. I will have to do a post on Thomas Hardy sometime. I dtoo enjoy his books. Sarah x

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  14. The photo with the hollyhocks and the fabric swag hanging in the background is so lovely. Blue hedgehog - wonderful! The garden looks so lovely and lush. We have had unbearable heat and drought this summer, hardly any plants have survived so it is especially good to see how lovely your place is. thank you for sharing. xo kim

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  15. I like to make Cucumbers & Onions:
    3 large cucumbers
    1 large onion
    1 cup water
    1 cup white vinegar
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp. celery seeds
    3/8 tsp. garlic salt
    3/8 tsp. onion salt
    3/8 tsp. celery salt

    Layer sliced cucumbers and onion in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients, and blend thoroughtly. Pour marinade over cucumbers. Cover and chill at least 2 hours (overnight is better). Serve with slotted spoon.

    You can add as many cucumbers and onions that the marinade can cover. I reuse the marinade a couple more times just adding more cucumbers and onions.

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    1. Thanks Cathy I will try this! Sarah x

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  16. Your flowers and vegetables are flourishing despite the rain and wind.....I love the Echinops, blue hedgehogs is the perfect name. Very inspiring to see your flowering garden as we are coming to the end of our dreary winter months...so I'm getting inspiration.

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  17. What beautiful things are growing in your garden just now. The blue hedgehog plant is so unique.

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  18. Your garden looks wonderful Sarah. I've had a total failure with sweet peas - too much rain and not enough sun. So disappointing, maybe next year....

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  19. I found your site, Sarah, through the link on Diana's blog -- and so happy I did because I love your postings. Your July garden is beautiful! I am envious of the Echinops because only one of the three I planted last fall survived the winter and it is not blooming. I never heard it called blue hedgehog plant -- how appropriate the name! P. x

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  20. Some of my favorite temperate climate flowers in your garden--cosmos!

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  21. Your garden is like an DREAM...love it :)
    Have a great weekend, take care!
    Titti

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  22. I'm awash with climbing French beans, but cucumbers - not one! They are normally 'good doers' but this year just failed to grow. I would love to join you through the garden gate, do I need to link?

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    1. It would be great to have your company on Through the Garden Gate. I will add your July post above. Next month if you have already published a post just before I do mine I will automatically add you, otherwise let me know in the comments when you have written one. We are now awash with Runner beans! Sarah x

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