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*Garden - July/August 2017*


By Lori


It’s hard not to rail against the weather these days..but, all things considered, we are having the best summer in five years. Temperatures are moderate…no 40’s C. (touching wood) We are getting our share of moisture as well and that means that all growing things are happily doing what they are meant to do… growing and blossoming!

White Hydrangeas are huge! no sign of blossom on the blue though.

I can’t believe how fast the season is going… Charles Schultz had it right… “summers run, winters walk”.

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I love your garden Lori. Its so totally different from any of the others on this site and has a great wildernessy feel. Brilliant planting with the flowers just appearing to pop up naturally here and there.What's the beautiful yellow and purple one 9 from the top?

7 Aug, 2017


thanks Stera. The flower is Verbascum "sixteen candles"

7 Aug, 2017


Wow Lori, what a difference now from when you first moved there. I remember it well, so much hard work for you, but it's a credit to you both. It looks wonderful. I am quite envious really, but the maintenance must be really hard work. I love it.

7 Aug, 2017


Great set of photos Lori. Slowly and determinedly you are nurturing your plot! Love that Verbascum! :)

7 Aug, 2017


wonderful garden Lori. such a lovely setting/environment.

7 Aug, 2017


Yes I too remember you moving there Lori and it all looks amazing, there is a sense of freedom, not a wall, fencing or wire anywhere, everything looking so healthy all thriving for you....I have to admit to a feeling of envy, lol....

8 Aug, 2017


Your garden looks peaceful, Lori, and I reckon you have plenty of nooks and crannies in which to hide, sorry work!
Lovely white Hydrangeas. Anyone else ever call these "Angel Flowers"?

8 Aug, 2017


It looks a really lovely.

8 Aug, 2017


Lovely photos of your garden and plants. I'm glad you're having nice weather :)

8 Aug, 2017


Thank you GoY folk!
Sue; the Sixteen Candles is my fav of all the verbascums. I have the towering thapsis, they are yellow too but no pretty stamens, also the V. phoenecium which can be dark purple to white and pink.. they've been hybridized. I much prefer the species though..the huge furry rosettes of their first year are gorgeous..then in the second year they put up the tall saguaro like flower stems.
lol...Eirlys! you have me there! There are a number of lovely little spots to sit and contemplate life! I sit for awhile and then I see something that needs doing... I have never heard hydrangeas called "angel flowers" but it sure fits, doesn't it? I like the flat pannicled ones...lacecap? It's a huge family of plants and all of them beautiful, in my humble opinion.
I have to admit that I envy the beautiful order of the English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French, etc. gardens that I see on GoY... Thanks Lincs... I take care to miss some of my, as yet, untackled and less than lovely spots around the property when posting. ;-)
That's kind of you Cinders! thank you. Can't believe that this is our seventh gardening season... I'm such a slowpoke.
Thanks for the encouragement Karen, Hywel, Seaburngirl and Lisam!

10 Aug, 2017

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