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This Month July 2018 - Saturday, 30 Jun 2018

What a deliciously colourful time in the garden, of the most eye-grabbing plants is the swathes of Primula candleabra in several areas of the garden. One of these patches is a very happy accident with shades of purple Primula with the frothy heads of Bowles Golden Grass interspersed with purple-red Foxgloves and backed by a purple-red Clematis and in the centre of it all the large purple-red flower of Dranunculus vulgaris which is a voracious carnivore attracting flies with its pungent smell.

The new Caycanthus Hartlage Wine is flowering along with the other Calycanthus, the pink bells of Styrax, the large-flowered Buddleia colvilei and the delicate Buddleia lindleyana, some of the more rarely seen Viburnum and the Cornus with C. Norman Haddon taking first prize for its showiness. All the senses are assaulted including the sounds of bird and insect life and the scents of numerous fragrant shrubs.

I enjoy the warmth of the sun but the garden is desperate for rain, I usually do not water vegetables but this year I am having to and even then we may not be self sufficient in veg through the coming year in which case I will have to source organic so as not to ingest chemicals The garden looks drier than I can ever remember seeing it, I hope the stress caused to plants does not result in the loss of any. Our heavy rainfall early in the year does not make up for the dry of last summer and this summer along with over-consumption of humans.

Any jobs in sunny areas are done either early morning or in the evening whilst in the heat of the day we are tidying a few areas of the shrubberies or skulking on the veranda with a book and eating copious amounts of strawberries and cherries. I do have a bit of space in the fruit cage but cannot decide what to plant in there.

I woke one morning to a very odd sounding bird not too far away from the house but as I slowly came out of my comatose state I realised it was a Muntjac deer barking, I would not mind them in the garden if they just ate grass. I have been having the pleasure of watching Red Kites soaring over the garden as I think they have a nest nearby.

Through the summer we continue to tidy shrubberies and herbaceous beds as well as make a note of any plants which need a saw around them to stop them interfering with and shading out others, some areas may get a serious seeing-to in the winter.

A few new plants are awaiting damp weather to be planted out, these are mostly shrubs such as Spartium junceum, Pseudopanax lessonii purpureus and Clianthus puniceus maximus, all requiring a fairly sunny position.

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