Drought Busters in Our Garden@19.

Very few plants in our gardens can survive these temperatures let alone flower. These are the few exceptions here.

Inula magnifica
Hollyhock Apple Blossom
Echinops ritro is loved by the bees.

I was once told I would regret planting this in my garden because it can be invasive. In our free draining soil, I am very happy to have it.

Sedum Mr Goodbud
Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopf
Cotyledon orbiculata just starting to flower.

What is surviving in your garden?

Ten favourite plants for August 2017

It is often said that August is a poor time for English gardens, if you visit Chloris  At The Blooming Garden. you will see how wrong that statement can be.

I am joining in with Chloris and all the other garden bloggers with my ten favourite Plants for August.

In no particular order of preference, the first three are in the White & Green Garden.


They are Rosa ‘Iceberg’ well into its second flowering period, with the Japanese Anenome   and the Phlox paniculata ‘White Admiral’.

Number four and new to the garden this year is the Gladiolus papilio. I purchased this one when visiting Moyclare Gardens, Cornwall Here  The corms originally came as a gift from the renowned Cottage Gardener, Margery Fish.

Five and six are foliage plants, Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’…

Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’.

…and Colocasia ‘Black Dragon’.

These two are both in pots, they are entered into the village show today, respectively as a flowering and foliage pot plant.

Number seven in the charts is another pot plant, Aeonium arborean atropurpurem. This being a tender plant spends its summers in the south facing front garden.

Aeonium arborean atropurpurem

I do like to see Bronze Fennel in the garden, both for its scent when you brush against it and its delicate flowers. The insects appreciate it too. I usually propagate some from seed each year, although given the right conditions it will self seed.


Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’. Bronze Fennel.

Number nine is the Echinops ritro, this will also self seed. I was originally given a plant by someone who was removing it from their garden because it spreads. It has been well behaved here, it is another the pollinators love.

Echinops ritro

Last but not least is the Pelargonium ‘Frank Hedley’ AGM…

Pelargonium Frank Hedley AGM


…with its crimson red flower and variegated leaves, it is a winning addition to the late summer garden.

Do you have favourite August flowers?

To see what others have posted as their favourite plants for August please visit Chloris using the link at the top of the page.


Wordless Wednesday 19/7/2017. The lighter side.

Dahlia ‘Blanc y Verde’.


Acer negundo Flamingo

Rose ‘William and Catherine’.

Shasta daisy. Chrysanthemum x superbum.

Lychnis Coronaria alba.

Viola cornuta alba.

Astrantia major.

Lysimachia clethroides (Swan neck).

Dianthus barbatus alba (Sweet William).

Dahlia ‘Twynings After Eight’.

Daucus carota

Pelargonium Scented leaved ‘Fringed Apple’.

Pelargonium Regal ‘Richie’

Myrtus Communis and a Bumble Bee.