Opening today, the first of the Asiatic Lilies. These are in a pot on the patio, and have shot up to over five feet high. Sadly, the rest of the same batch, planted in a border, have struggled to reach one foot tall, and have a solitary flower-bud between three of them! It just goes to show the importance of the right conditions, I suppose.
Just after taking this photo, I removed the stamens – lily pollen is extremely toxic for cats, and this particular bloom is right next to the woodshed roof that several local moggies use as a highway, and for sunbathing on.
The solstice is behind us, and the emphasis in the garden shifts from flowers to produce, fruits and seeds. As always, the Chinese Lanterns signal the change – the foliage is starting to die back and the delicate lanterns are beginning to colour up.
Opening today: Betony, in the “wildflower bank” behind the pond. It’s a rather sorry specimen – betony prefers shorter grass, which of course is where cats prefer to lounge, so I’m a little surprised that it managed to flower at all! Still, it’s a perennial, and I wish it better luck next year …
This morning’s opening (well, actually, it opened in the dusk last night) a white Iris in the pond. Sadly, there only seems to be one flower-spike this year: I think I need to do a sort-out of the assorted plants this autumn, as it’s all rather crowded. I’ll hack back the very vigorous mimulus before then, of course!
Also just opening this morning, the very lovely Wandflower (dierama “Blackbird”). It’s a delight to watch dancing in the breeze – a bit less of a delight trying to get it to stay still enough for a photo!
Scorchingly hot all day – well over 30C. I managed a short walk of a mile after supper, starting around 2100h, just down to the canal bridge and back again. A glorious sunset, but difficult to see through tree and building – this is over the roof of St Barnabas primary school.
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Today’s opening: the first Morning Glory flower, looking almost incandescent despite the greyness of the day.
This is “Grandpa Ott”. The classic light blue “Heavenly Blue” that I’ve grown previously really does not like this garden, and this year I’ve stopped bothering to even sow it!
And anyway, I grew up near Oxford, not Cambridge … dark blue comes naturally!