Out of all the flower arrangements that I have made so far using edible flowers and herbs, this one is my favorite one so far! More information on these arrangements can be found in the Edible Flower section of this website.
The garden, the cutting patch and the veggie garden were all really dry at the beginning of July and we were having to water and just when we were beginning to wonder when we were ever going to have some decent rain we had a really good rainy day on the second day of July with just over three quarters of an inch of rain.
After the most welcome day of rain the double poppies and the sweet peas were both in flower. To me the arrival of these two flowers epitomises English summertime flowers in all their beautiful and fragrant glory.
We have fresh flowers in the house every day and have so many flowers that we have been supplying our neighbours with buckets full of flowers as well!
More information on how to make these flower arrangements can be found in the Flowers in the Home/July-August section.
At the beginning of June we had sown seeds for Wallflowers, Lupins and Sweet Rocket in seed trays, for planting out at the end of August or beginning of September and for flowering next year. Although we only used less than half a packet of each pack of seeds the germination was really good and by the first week of July the seedlings were all ready for potting on and we now have more seedlings than we know what to do with!
By the second week of July the Poppies and the Sweet Peas were looking absolutely fabulous and whilst we have decided not to pick the Poppies this year as they only really last day they have added such a gorgeous splash of colour to the garden and to the cutting patch. The Sweet Peas, ‘Pink Pearl’, ‘Mammoth Blue’, ‘Chelsea Centenary’, ‘Mollie Rilestone’ and ‘Summer Sizzler’ to name but a few, are now being picked every day and it is just wonderful to have the house filled with such lovely colour and fragrance. One of the famous impressionist painters apparently once said “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” and I am inclined to agree with him!
The second week of July also gave us the first of the giant Sunflowers ‘Copper Queen’ reaching up eight foot high into the sky and also the slightly shorter but equally beautiful lemon yellow Sunflowers ‘Garden Statement’. The lovely dark red Antirrhinum (Snap Dragons) ‘Night & Day’, the lime green Nicotiana Langsdorffii and the Feverfew have also just started to flower. In the tubs on the patio in front of the house we have four different varieties of Cosmos flowering.
Still to look forward to are the Phlox, Nigella, Scabious, Cleomes and Lilies, all hopefully will be flowering in the coming month.
After all the rain of the last two weeks of July all the rest of the flowers in the garden and the cutting patch are in flower. The Nigella – Love In A Mist are a mass of wispy, misty flowers and the Scabious are dark and mysterious. The Phlox are as beautiful as ever, they just get better and better every year. As for the Cleomes, this is a first for us, they are quite attractive in their own rather strange way!
We have had a fabulous crop of Sweet Peas and with the assistance of some very helpful flower enthusiasts on Twitter were able to identify the beautiful little ‘Cupani’ quite possibly a variety related to the wild ancestor of all sweet peas.