July 2019 garden

The garden has really been blooming this month. Next month you should be able to play spot the difference as that Eucalyptus tree in the corner is coming down!

Several of the big shrubs flower around now – such as Escallonia Pink Elle below. This has become enormous, I’m not sure I remember expecting it to get this big when we bought it, but maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to the label?! I do find it hard to imagine, when looking at a teeny tiny plant a few cm high in a one litre pot, what it might look like when it’s 2 metres tall. Does anyone else find this, or is it just me?! It’s right next to a large Hydrangea in the same shade of pink (obviously I planned it like that…)

Lilies in the border. These were some free bulbs from a magazine offer a few year’s ago, and they don’t always come up, so it’s a nice surprise when they do!

This is one of two Fuchsias already here when we bought the house. As we bought it in the middle of winter, I wasn’t too sure what the two bits of, what appeared to be, dead wood actually were, but thankfully I decided to wait and see what happened! Have you had this experience in your garden or did you just get stuck in with planting?

I picked the last lot of gooseberries. We still don’t seem to get many of them – just two bags (310g), which is about enough for two crumbles. Good thing we’re not aiming for self-sufficiency! But it is almost ten times more than last year when I only harvested 34g. I think the incredibly hot weather last year didn’t help. Have you found any difference in fruit harvest between last year and this?

This is a Cleome. I bought a few plug plants as they were reduced in a sale and I thought they were pretty. The flowers are amazing and seem quite popular with insects! I might look into growing them from seed next year, although they need to be started off inside early in the year so I may not have the space at the right time.

This is my favourite Fuchsia, Mojo Boogie, covered in raindrops after a shower earlier. I did have two of these, but only one has survived. They aren’t fully hardy so have to be wintered in the coldframe, and one didn’t make it last year.

The tomatoes still aren’t looking great. These are the replacement plants bought after last month’s tomato disaster. Although they’ve flowered, there’s still no sign of any tomatoes actually forming. Maybe it just isn’t my year for growing tomatoes?

How is your garden looking in July?


  1. Tomatoes need the right temperatures to fruit. If it has been hot, they will flower but not fruit. I’m not sure if that’s your trouble though. Same if it’s too cold. We had a cool late spring and our tomato vines were positively brimming with blooms and a few fruit but no ripening or as many fruits as blooms — until the temps got into the 80s finally and bam! So, so many fruits! Then we had so much rain that nearly all of them were splitting before ripening. Apparently, tomatoes are more finicky than I’ve always believed!

    Love, love all the gorgeous blooms. Fuchsia is so pretty.


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