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The delphiniums did come good. 10ft high majestically coloured blooms lined the back wall of the herb garden and many visitors commented that they had never seen such a show….these home grown Pacific Giants obviously like this area.
After the long dry spell the weather has broken. Things were really getting desperate not so much for the perennials and shrubs, which actually seemed to like the drought, but the semi mature trees in the Japanese garden which were under a fair bit of stress. But rain has arrived and true to the Scottish climate….it doesn’t look like stopping. The herbaceous beds have done very well, perhaps these well fed borders can cope with dry weather, their roots having got well established over the last few years and sunshine always brings out the best in such a border. Anthemis tinctoria(Lemon Maid and E M Buxton) have been particularly showy yet last season they were rather subdued.
The rose beds, on the other hand, have not faired so well. Again it seems to be a weather related problem and I suspect roses prefer a more modest climate rather than the extremes of cold and drought we have had this season, but there is time yet and these hybrid T’s may well have a surprise in store for us in late August and September. The climbers and ramblers have been the opposite with masses of fragrant blooms hanging from trees, trellis and walls and they are a huge asset to the garden, coming up year after year with the barest of help.
In the “Cut Flower” beds the lilies, after early promise, were again disappointing in that although they flowered the blooms were not of the quality we would expect and few could be used indoors. The sweet peas were the opposite with vast amounts of fragrant blooms available each day. They are lovely flowers for cutting and having them available in August is always a surprise to visitors from the south whose own plants have long since finished. The heather bed is another feature of the garden, which is doing very well. These locally sourced plants have established quickly, flowered profusely and will have knitted together in one mass by next season to give the effect we had imagined when we planted out the little plants a couple of winters ago.
There is still a bit of summer to come. Once the rain dies away we expect many of the plants to put on a final flourish before the autumn colours arrive. Seasons seem to pass so quickly nowadays….perhaps a sign of getting old. Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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