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Glorious August sunshine - gone a little crazy

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I thought it was about time I made a contribution to this lovely site by sharing some photos of my garden on a glorious August morning.

Lythrum (purple loosestrife) which has grown taller in its second year. I gave many seedlings away, and my friends have been delighted with it . . . we hadn’t realised that it would grow so tall.

Lythrum with an unsteady hand!

Wild carrot? I know I sowed some Daucus here . .


My one and only Thalictrum


Love the red leaves of this Nandina Tuscan Flame with Nemesia Lagoon Blue


Hakonechloa macra


Cotinus with Shasta daisies


Pelargonium ‘Mona Lisa’


Pelargonium no name!


Cotinus (smoke bush) with Artemesia


Pink Cosmos and white Cosmos, with Lavatera in there somewhere

View down the garden

View across the garden

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ in its second flush

I’m so sorry if this has made your necks ache . . photos appearing sideways has not happened to me before, and I’ve no idea how to put them right way up :((

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What a lovely peaceful garden Sheila - just great for sitting under a tree with a good book. I love your Cotinus. I've wanted one for years but it needs a site where the late afternoon sun will shine through the leaves from behind and short of turfing out something else there isn't really a good place for one.
Are you going to keep the Nandina in a pot?

6 Aug, 2016

 

Thank you very much Sue . . . we realise how lucky we are to have such peace! That particular Nandina has stayed small, slightly to my surprise, so it will stay in the pot unless it grows. We have two other Nandinas in our front garden: one is 3ft-4ft, the other 8ft, so there seem to be several different varieties.

6 Aug, 2016

 

What a fantastic garden I love it

6 Aug, 2016

 

Thank you Callie!

6 Aug, 2016

 

All the correct way up on my ipad Sheila. Your garden seems to be in constant sunshine! How lovely! I've been gardening today too. But rain stopped play at lunch time.

6 Aug, 2016

 

Thanks Karen . . . well, it's a mystery to me. Yes, we've been incredibly lucky with glorious weather for the past two weeks, and were still sitting outside at 9pm this evening in a pleasant 20 degrees. Long may it last!

6 Aug, 2016

 

I am turning a curious shade of green! ;)

6 Aug, 2016

 

What a lovely garden Sheila.

7 Aug, 2016

 

Karen - I think you had warm sunshine a few weeks ago when our weather was cool and wet?? So maybe it's just our turn!

Sheila - thank you very much :)

7 Aug, 2016

 

Wish it could be our turn! Our village seems to attract all passing clouds!

Your garden always makes me smile as it looks so peaceful and welcoming.

Our cosmos have huge flowers and I won't go for them again, I prefer yours!

So, just hand over your weather and your cosmos please!

7 Aug, 2016

 

Lol Chris . . . it's just chance really! And I was given Cosmos seedlings by our next-door neighbour who told me they were 'dwarf' Cosmos . . . not at 5 ft they're not! Thank you for your lovely comments.

7 Aug, 2016

 

Lovely garden and immaculately kept. That's the thing about plants given to you, you never really know how big they are going to get. I was given loads of Nicotiana by OH's workmate and assumed they were the shorter variety - why, who knows, just an assumption? Of course they aren't, they are beautiful statuesque plants in all the wrong places, too tall for their position. But Hey! it looks informal and the insects love them.
The Hakonechloa macra is lovely and a very 'in' plant, if only we could all afford to have the mass planting that the experts go for!

9 Aug, 2016

 

Thank you Honeysuckle, and I'm glad you're so positive about the Nicotiana :)

The Hakonechloa is amazing - I bought just one plant three or four years ago, and it is so easy to split that I now have six!

9 Aug, 2016

 

Lovely to see your garden in August Sheila ... it has been a really warm and sunny day down here. Tell me, can you keep a Cotinus pruned to a certain height? I ask as I have one in a border and it's beginning to grow too tall! Another plant in the wrong place methinks ...

9 Aug, 2016

 

Hi Shirley - yes, you can! Cotinus are really tough, and I'm always chopping bits off ours when it gets too 'leggy'. They do seem able to grow very tall, but I reckon you could keep it to 6ft . . . is that too tall for you? You'll need to keep at it though - it's quite persistent.

9 Aug, 2016

 

Thanks Sheila, in that case it may have to find a new place in the garden! What was I thinking when I planted it ... silly me!

9 Aug, 2016

 

We all get carried away Shirley - it's part of the fun!

10 Aug, 2016

 

Indeed it is! :o)

10 Aug, 2016

 

You have a wonderful garden, Sheila. I love the cotinus with the artemisia... must be beautiful in the moonlight!

11 Sep, 2016

 

Thank you Lori - I love it too :)

11 Sep, 2016

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