It has rained in London the last week, a lot of rain, I haven’t really been out in my garden much at all. Between my hospital appointments and all the other things I have had on my calendar the last week I have just not been able to find many breaks in the rain to get outside. The last two days I have tried to take some photos for this post and it’s been almost a cat and mouse game with the weather – every time I think it’s safe to go out and take some photos it starts to rain again. Yesterday I just gave in and took some of the photos in pouring rain. I guess I am a bit of a sight out there, one crutch in one hand, the camera in the other hand and an umbrella carefully balanced on my shoulder. I am more afraid of my camera getting wet than me of course, and I was better at doing this balancing act when I had a point and shoot camera. Now I have a DSLR camera and it is a lot more difficult to take pictures with just one hand plus an umbrella. Oh well, the rain is good for my garden, it really needed it so I am not complaining, we should really have another week of it I suppose.
My garden has taken on the jungle feel it always does at the end of the summer, all the plants have grown tall, fill the beds completely and spill out on the path here and there. You can’t see to the bottom of the garden from the seating area and the end of winding path is blocked by all the plants. It looks like a completely different garden to what I have in the winter and early spring.
The Dregea sinensis on the arch has grown to monster size again, even though I pruned it almost completely last February. It is still flowering, but only on the roof so I can’t really get to the flowers and take pictures anymore. Another monster in the garden are the sunflowers next to it. I wrote a post about THE SUNFLOWERS earlier this month and wrote that I was unsure of which type they were as they were much taller than described on the seed packet. I have got a reply from Sara Raven customer service where I bought them from and they confirm that this is ‘Vanilla Ice’ and that they probably have got this tall because they have had to compete with the other things growing around them.
This is the first year I am growing sunflowers and I am absolutely delighted with the result, I will do it next year too.
‘Vanilla Ice’ is supposed to be 5’ (150 cm) tall, I have tried to show here how tall they actually are, this is a 2m folding rule and the sunflowers are almost 50cm taller. I struggle to deadhead them now!
The flowers are much more yellow than the pictures I have seen of ‘Vanilla Ice’, I am not sure why, but they look lovely anyway :-)
Here is another tall plant in my garden, the passionflower is still putting on growth and looks now like a dense tree. Under this canopy is a dead tree stump and I hope it won’t rot and fall down anytime soon as if it does, the passionflower won’t have anything to grow on! It is about 4 m tall and I do worry about pruning next year. Perhaps I have done something not so smart after all....
That was what I managed to get photos of this time, I also have two clematises still in flower but they are very difficult to take photos of by now as most of the branches with flowers on are growing entangled in my camellia next to it.
My garden has plants in flower every month of the year, no matter how hot or cold it is. What do you have in your garden right now? It is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day today, head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens and see what is in flower around the world at this mid September.
Until next time, take care.