July has been hot! a time to sit and enjoy the garden rather than doing lots of work. The majority of things are now all ok and doing well however there is a slug and snail army which is attacking at every turn. Last night we picked about 15 slugs and snails off a 6ft Dahlia imperialis taking great pleasure at stepping on the snails and cutting the slugs in half using some sharp scissors.
NGS opening wise, I worry how some plants have been damaged too much as there are 2 dahlias which are having trouble coming out of the ground and a few salvias that are decimated however we shall see.
There is still lots to do as there are a few gaps and the huge area taken up with the Scotch thistles is about to look very empty as they are withering away and producing so much seed that I could stuff a pillow. Thankfully there are some gems that have managed to seed themselves with some 3cm high Nicandra popping up and also a forest of spiky solanum.
Anyway a July wander...
|The palms are getting big! supplemented by a still sulking bamboo and Musa sikkimensis|
|i am very pleased with this...a huge Musa sikkimensis in a pot with a Schleffera macrophylla which is still alive!|
|pots on the wall....lots of red from the Hedychium greeni and Ensete|
|other side of the terrace, Brahea and Ensete that is already too big for its pot!|
|HUGE Plume poppy and cardoons|
|Wider vists with the arches covered in Cobea that I am having to wind in to keep controlled|
|Cobea being very prolific|
|The Kangeroo Apple has gone crazy this year as it wasn't knocked back by the frosts and has actually grown too much! I have had to cut back huge swathes of it to keep it in check!|
|The Paulownia is already as big as it got last year|
|Clerodendron a go go.....above is C. trichotomum and below bungeii|
|Emerging dragonfly on a water arum|
|The first canna flower!|
|I have hopefully solved a dry corner where nothing grows by creating focal point with a large pot of Thaila|
|vista of the pond and growing Ensete...holes formed by slug mauled salvias....|
|hurrah first flowering water Canna|