Summer garden

My Scottish country garden early July 2022. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

Summer is in full swing as I sit down to type my post this week. There’s been plenty of sunshine this week and the garden is in full bloom. I haven’t been able to spend as much time outside as I would have liked these past few days but I have managed to capture a few highlights to share with you in my post this week. I hope you enjoy them.

Summer lavender. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

Along the front of the house and in several of the sunny borders, the lavender grows very well. The bees love it and the perfume in the warm breeze was heavenly as I took these pictures.

Blue Hebe and Yellow Brachyclottis. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

These 2 shrubs have been sitting side by side for years. Both have done very well this year and are packed with flowers. I love blue and yellow combinations; the garden has quite a few plants in these colours. Below are Campanulas which grow all over the garden, and Lysimachia which takes over one whole flowerbed at this time of year with a blaze of sunny blooms.

Blue Campanula and yellow Lysimachia. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

I’m not sure where this fine fellow came from. Perhaps a seed from the bird food brought in to the greenhouse by a mouse? For a while, back in the spring, I thought it was a self-seeding courgette plant (!) but as it grew taller, I realised what it was. Rather challenging to capture because of its position up against the glass, hence the sideways angle. I am going to leave it to dry out and then feed the birds with the seeds.

My rogue sunflower. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

For several years I have been trying to grow Himalayan poppies in the garden. I have tried several spots, and only ever managed to achieve a flower once. So last year, I dug up my latest attempt and put it in a pot in the shadiest spot I could find. I kept it watered and, lo and behold, it has had 3 beautiful blooms from a tall and willowy single stem.

Mecanopsis (Himalayan poppy). Images: Kathryn Hawkins

It’s not all blue and yellow in the garden, there are some pinks here and there as well. I grew this rather odd looking Dianthus from seed last year and was delighted to see that it has come back again with more blooms than ever. It’s called Superbus which I like to pronounce as Super bus 🙂 The pink Kalmia is a very old shrub in the garden, but it’s produced another fine display of flowers this year.

Dianthus Superbus and Kalmia. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

More blue from these dynamic looking Hydrangeas. This one started life a deep red colour but has reverted back to the blue which I believe is because the soil here is acidic. I was surprised to see a couple of Japanese anemones out in flower already this week. Very early for this garden.

Blue Hydrangea and an early pink Japanese anemone. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

And finally, I am rather proud of my barrel container of plants. Usually home to runner beans or potatoes, this year I decided to plant it with flowers instead. Planted at the end of May, they have been flowering non stop for 6 weeks, so I am well chuffed. There is a combination of Viola “Dawn”, Nemesia “Evening Dusk”, Brachyscome “Brasco Violet” and yellow Bidens.

My barrel of bedding plants. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

Enjoy the sunshine and I will be back posting again soon. Until then, my best wishes to you as always.

6 thoughts on “Summer garden

    1. Hi Joëlle. Good to hear from you. I was thinking about you in the week when I heard that, like the UK, France and most of Europe was suffering extreme heat. How are things in the US? I have noticed that the flowers in the garden are not lasting as long this year, and already the garden is looking a lot less colourful due to the lack of rain. I will be back doing my rain dance at the weekend if the heat continues! All the best to you 🙂

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      1. Yes, Kathryn, things are bad in France, so bad that our son who lives in Brittany had to buy an AC unit so that he and his wife could survive the 41°C they are experiencing at the moment. This is worrisome. I had never, ever heard of such high temperatures in Brittany before. Over here in Southern New England it is hot (in the mid 30°s), bearably so when we get a breeze, but not so much when the humidity kicks in as it will today. The grass in the front of the house looks pathetic for lack of rain since we don’t water it, unlike the vegetable patch in the back, but I had planted sun and heat resistant flowers and those are ok. In the back a woodchuck – groundhog – has started eating several of our tomatoes!!! My husband bought a (relatively?) environment friendly spray to keep it away. I hope it works, because it really hurt to see all our work go to naught. I was so looking forward to eating those nice looking tomatoes 😕.
        I hope you and I both get some rain soon. Our neighbors across the street spent a week in Scotland at the end of June and said they never saw a drop. Britain is going to become the new Riviera, watch out for tourists flocking in, Kathryn!
        Take care, stay safe and cool 🙂

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      2. Thanks for all your news. The lunchtime news report just now was full of the weather but it does look like it’s only a blip for us in the UK. Things are cooling down again from Wednesday. But we do need some rain. Such a shame about the tomatoes. I am very fortunate that the only predators here are mice. I seem to be able to stop them climbing the plants by leaving a few pieces of ripe tomato on the ground each night, but a groundhog would be much more difficult to deal with. No experience with that one I’m afraid! I hope the repellent succeeds. All the best to you 🙂

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