July and August 2015-2017
If June was the month for the garden to flourish, July and August were the months for the cutting patch to bloom in all its glory. The blue cornflowers and bright red poppies were a blaze of colour together with the sweet peas, bright pink cosmos, nigella and larkspur. In the tubs on our patio the lilies were also in full flower and had never looked so beautiful, the bees and butterflies were very happy.
This arrangement is one of my favorites, it is classic English Country Garden Flowers. I started with the bright yellow Calendula. Then added the beautiful fluffy Ammi Majus and Gypsophila followed by the bright blue Delphiniums and dark purple Cornflowers to add height. Finally I filled in with the lime green Alchemilla Mollis.
Summer has definitely arrived when the Sweet Peas are ready for picking. These are from our first crop and the scent is just wonderful!
This is a quick and simple arrangement in one of my favourite Dartington Glass vases. We are very fortunate to live within driving distance of the Dartington Glass Factory Seconds Shop! Simply make an outline with the Calendula and fill in with the Ammi Majus and Dark Cornflowers.
Another vibrant colour combination. Make an outline with the Alchemilla Mollis, fill with the Astilbe and then add the bright Snap Dragons and Delphiniums to get height and give the arrangement shape. Finally fill in any little gaps with the lovely blue Cornflowers to add another shape and texture to the arrangement.
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.
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!
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.
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, antirrhinums from the cutting patch and alchemilla mollis and phlox from the garden make a beautiful combination.
This year the Sweet Peas have out shone many of our other flowers, from right to left the stunning frilly sweet peas, Lizbeth, Leominster Boy, Rosy Frills and Frills & Blushes. The next from the right are the Old Fashioned Mixed which are a mix of grandiflora types which date back to the 1900’s. The third from the right are beautiful stripy sweet peas, Pandemonium, Sir Henry Cecil and Wiltshire Ripple. And finally the last ones are the lovely Summer Sizzler and Barry Dare.