I'm also linking this post to the Garden Lessons Learned meme hosted by Beth at Plant Postings.
So, Summer is over. A few months ago, I certainly didn't expect my February End-of-Month-View post would look like this. I expected everything would look dry and a bit tired after months of hot weather and little rain. Instead, everything is lush and growing and wet.
So what have I learned this Summer? When it comes to weather, I shouldn't assume anything. And also, although things may not turn out as I planned, there will be some nice surprises to make up for the disappointments.
I've only focused on a few areas, and days of heavy rain has meant I had to dash out between downpours to get photographs, so I don't have many to show.
I can't believe how few flowers I've had from these pots this summer. Finally the Oleander is showing some buds.
Nothing else is flowering here, and next spring I'm going to add a few pots of reliable annuals. One thing I've been really happy with is the group of Coleus plants in the garden behind the group of pots. They have been brilliant, adding some much-needed colour. Conditions here are usually too dry for Coleus to thrive, so their healthy growth has been one of the compensations of this dull, wet Summer.
The yellow daisy in the pot in front of them has hardly flowered, but I did cut it back very hard to rejuvenate it in early spring, so I'll give it another chance next summer. And it does have nice foliage.
From the driveway, this bed is dominated by the two plants of Salvia "Wendy's Wish"
and it is a marvellous bloomer, with colourful bracts staying on the plant long after the petals have fallen.
But I'm also really happy with this whole bed, considering this has been its first season. The Convolvulus is on the way to covering the stump, the Gaura seedlings are flowering well and the Artemisia "Valerie Finnis" is looking great despite all the rain. I was afraid it might rot in this heavy soil, but so far it's just growing away happily.
The sturdy rose legs you can see in the above photo belong to the rose that I think is "Mr Lincoln" and it has been wonderful. It's on its third flowering and the rain isn't bothering the blooms at all, although it does have blackspot lower down. I love its flowers whether they're half open
or fully open.
Looking down through the front window of my kitchen, I'm pretty happy with this bed on the whole, although pink does dominate more than I originally intended. I have some thoughts on making this area even better next summer, but I need to think them through a bit more. The lush green growth to the left of this photo is also due to the amount of rain we've had, and I like it a lot.
This doesn't look very different to last month, except the groundcovers have filled out quite a bit, also thanks to the rain. I normally would only see this kind of quick growth in Spring.
I wanted to get photos of each of the new plants, because you can't really see them in this shot, but the rain came down and hasn't stopped, so it will have to wait until next month. The "Purple Rain" ground cover rose flowered and has new buds again, so I think it's settling in well. I took this picture two weeks ago.
Hopefully, next month's EOMV will be sunnier and drier! But, as I've learned, you never can tell.