Monthly Archives: July 2016

July 2016

July 2016

My small garden flower cutting patch this July is a sea of tranquil beauty.  The Sweat Peas and the Poppies in particular are quite stunning.  It is hard to put into words how beautiful it all looks, the photographs tell all.

One of my favourite colour combinations is lime green, yellow and orange, dark purple and dark blue.  These big yellow and orange sunflowers combine really well with the yellow and orange calendula, the lime green Bupleurum and the dark purple (almost black) cornflowers and the dark blue cornflowers.

My favourite colour combination of lime green, yellow and orange, purple and blue

My favourite colour combination of lime green, yellow and orange, purple and blue

Part of the fun of growing a cutting patch is having lots of flowers for your home but it is also being able to share the beautiful blooms with friends and neighbours.

From the cutting patch - Sweet Williams and Sweet Peas

From the cutting patch – Sweet Williams and Sweet Peas

But just because everything is flowering like mad there is still much to do.  The perennials that we have been painstakingly growing since the spring, Lysmachia, Holyhocks, Aqualegias, Verbascum and Penstemon will soon be ready for planting out.  The biannuals, Honesty, Sweet Rocket, Sweet Williams and Wall Flowers, are looking really healthy and have recently been potted on and hopefully they will be ready to plant out in about six weeks or so.  After a recent visit to Knightshayes, a National Trust house near Tiverton in Devon with the most amazing wall garden I have decided to also grow a different Sweet William called ‘Sooty’ for next year!

A sea of tranquil beauty

A sea of tranquil beauty

The edible flower patch is also in full flower in all of my favourite hot colours, the sunflowers are spectacular and the cornflowers, calendulas and nasturtiums are beautiful, bright and cheerful.

The edible flower patch in mid July

The edible flower patch in mid July

It is the first time that we have grown Orange Cosmos (Polidor Mixed) and just love the small bright orange flowers.

Orange Cosmos 'Polidor Mixed'

Orange Cosmos ‘Polidor Mixed’

Out of all the Sweet Peas that my husband Nigel has grown this year my favourite have got to be the frilly pink and cream ones, Lizbeth, Leominster Boy and Frills & Blushes.  His Sweet Peas get better and better every year!

Magnificent Sweet Peas

Magnificent Sweet Peas

Dark and Mysterious Peony Poppies

Dark and Mysterious Peony Poppies

Having fresh flowers from the garden filling the house with wonderful fragrances all through the summer is the fabulous reward for all the months of hard work.  The colour combination of shades of blue, purple, orange, yellow and lime green is one of my favourites and this glass lantern holder that I purchasesd for only a few pounds is perfect for arranging cut flowers in.

Cornflowers,Calendulas, Sunflowers, Nigella (Love in a Mist)and Bupleurum

Cornflowers,Calendulas, Sunflowers, Nigella (Love in a Mist)and Bupleurum

Sweet Peas 'Old Fashioned Mixed'

Sweet Peas ‘Old Fashioned Mixed’

These are the latest batch of Sweet Peas ‘Old Fashioned Mixed’ to start flowering and they are absolutely gorgeous!  They are a mix of Grandiflora types and date back to the 1900’s.

A mix of cutting patch and garden flowers

A mix of cutting patch and garden flowers

We are now getting to the end of July and sadly some of the cutting patch flowers are now over until next year but there is still plenty of flowers to enjoy. The Gladioli ‘Brescia’ which we planted as bulbs at the end of February are flowering and combined with larkspur, cosmos and antirrhinums from the cutting patch and alchemilla mollis and phlox from the garden make a beautiful combination.