Even though this Summer has been one of the wettest, dullest and coldest ever the flowers have played a blinder. If anything they have been better than ever. I think this is partially due to the fact that as the garden matures there are more areas of shelter and windbreaks. Did’nt see this lovely Hollyhock until it started to flower. Supposedly black, it is more like a very deep purple to me. Is there such a thing as a truly black flower? This one came up through a pink flowered Fuschia.
Cosmos of course never fail to please. One of my faves. They mature fully from a Spring sowing and provided you keep them deadheaded will flower until well into Autumn.
White Mallow and Feverfew in the shady border by the chalet. This border has filled out really well. It was begun in March 2011.
Earlier this year we buried our dog Alice here…it was a place he liked to sit. A packet of wildflower seeds was planted and from it came mostly these beautiful Corncockle. As purple is my fave colour I really like them.
Even Lavender which likes good drainage and lots of sunshine has done ok.
The archway above the garden gate is not as heavily clothed as other years…but not too bad either.
Finally this variegated Lysmachia in dappled evening sunlight. It is doing well under the shade of the Birch tree.