It looks like we are in for a bit more dry weather but before the downpours of the weekend finally broke the first heatwave, I had a look around the gardens to see what was surviving in the extreme dry and hot weather not usually experienced in an English summer.

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Verbena bonariensis, no surprises here as it freely self seeds in gravel, It may be ubiquitous but I still love it, a welcome pop of colour without dominating the border.

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Crocosmia, just a standard orange, unnamed variety but still looking fresh.

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Agapanthus, very happy in the garden and also in pots.

 

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Penstemon, probably garnet,putting on a good show with a bit of Dierama over the top. This one is at home I like a mishmash of plants.

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Geranium Rozanne, always gives 100%, admittedly this is my shady corner where it gets huge, but also does well elsewhere.

DSCN3110 My giant, bought from Tesco a few years ago, lavender. Every time someone comes to the front door, the scent wafts into the house. Going to be useful if the summers continue like this.

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Had a really good crop of raspberries this year. Originally one plant in a previous garden, I  brought a piece with me and now I have big tangle of canes.

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Passiflora caerula, passionflower, looking suitably exotic and enjoying the heat.

 

Only a few days after the rain, the herbaceous plants which I cut down  are popping back up.

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Nepeta six hills giant  (catmint

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As, the climate changes, it may mean a change in what plants we can grow in the garden. I have lost some shrubs to the drought and even established ones can suffer. This is a  15ft cotoneaster which I hope will recover. DSCN3121

It could take until next year before I find out the true extent of the damage of the drought but it is going to be a challenge for the future, especially if we carry on with cold, wet springs as well.

Ah well, as long as the roses survive!

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