My Garden In July

This July has been has hard for the flowers in my garden and I think probably for a lot of gardens in the UK.  They were baked and scorched by temperatures of over 30 degrees.  Now at the end of the month heavy summer rain is giving them a good battering.  My hostas are suffering from an increase in slugs and beginning to look rather lace-like.  Some of my long term stalwarts such as Lysimachia Punctata , Loosestrife, which usually flowers all summer long, gave up a long time ago.



It is the plants with daisy-type faces that seem to be flowering at present. Both my Helianthus and Leucanthemum  are producing great blooms, but both of them are only 18 inches tall.  I’m sure they are normally a couple of feet high by now.  I hadn’t realised that hot sun could have such an effect on growth.


Dahlia, Bishop of Landaff

The Dahlia, Bishop of Landaff, wilted daily when temperatures were high.  It seems to have recovered now and I hope will provide me many more blooms.


Scabious with bee

The Scabious is looking lovely and certainly attracting lots of bees.  In my view it’s a must for any bee-friendly garden.


herbaceous clematis

One plant bucking the trend is herbaceous clematis, which I bought years ago at the Hampton Court flower show.  It never performed very well and I have intermittently considered taking it out.  It is its best year so far.



My star plants though have to be my Cosmos.  I’m not sure what type they are as they were obtained at a seed swap.  I’ve never had them in my garden before as I refuse to pay garden centre prices for an annual.  So this year my plants have been carefully nurtured by me from seed.  The hard work was worth it.  They are just starting to flower.  I’m hoping they don’t peak while I am on holiday, but feel sure they will be flowering until the early Autumn.

I’m hoping to visit a couple of gardens in the UK this summer so it will be interesting see how they have fared.





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14 Responses to My Garden In July

  1. Charly Dove August 1, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    It’s amazing how much they thrive in this sunshine isn’t it. I love your Dahlia and your Cosmos is just wonderful. Thank you for linking up with #howdoesyourgardengrow

    • Lynda August 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Thanks for your comments. I’m hoping everything is going to keep flowering right up to autumn this year

  2. Multi Layer Mummy August 1, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    beautiful flowers, I welcomed the rain but it did batter some of my lovely flowers, hope my lavenders all dry out before I cut them and dry them out again!

    • Lynda August 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      I always leave it too late to dry my lavender – hope yours is successful

  3. Dragonsflypoppy August 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Beautiful flowers. I love the Dahlia and we have cosmos just like yours! x

    • Lynda August 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank you. Hope you are enjoying your Cosmos as much as I am. Debating wheter to cut some and bring them indoors,

  4. Helvetia Handmade August 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Great pictures, I love the dahlias. For the scabious I really love these but we seem to struggle to grow them in our garden which is such a shame.

    • Lynda August 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      That is a shame about the Scabious – Hope you find some good bee friendly alternatives.

  5. Glenda Gee August 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    We are finding that the lavender is a great plant for bees as well. Finding that flowers have done really well here this year with both sun and rain.

  6. The Reading Residence (@ihavecards) August 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    My cosmos has just recently come into it’s own, too, and is growing wildly all of a sudden! I do like the dahlias, too, and though I haven’t any yet, I feel I may need to add them to my project wishlist…! x

    • Lynda August 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      The Dahlias are new. I am resigned to treating them as annuals. If they survive the slugs next year it will be a bonus. Look forward to hearing about yours.

  7. Shell Louise August 4, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I love the cosmos, I might have to try growing from seed next year :)

    • Lynda August 4, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      T think I am hooked on them – worth the care and attention growing from seed

  8. ricki August 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    I started quite a few annuals from seed too, and they are paying off with prodigious blooming. Yours look fantastic.