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Crazy young July

… and still waiting for the dahlias, echinaceas, echinops, salvias, miscanthus, pomegranate and others. What little land I have works hard ! I must apologise for the bad quality of the pictures, my phone’s camera messes up contrasts. Colours are accurate (at least on my screen).

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White centranthus from a seed collected in Reculver. Amazing wildlife plant, forever flowering. With simple yarrow.
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Son’s Venus flytrap
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A Poundland astilbe !
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I would have sworn this cutting was from a blue penstemon…

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My first helenium Waltraut
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What a shame eremurus flowers don’t last a bit longer

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Geranium Black and White Army

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Colourful mess with dahlia buds
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Not so impressive but still lovely
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Lucifer is waiting for Bishop of Llandaff and Bishop of Leicester to wake up for a spiritual fight across the path.

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One of my kaki tree flowers !
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This carrot umbel is larger than my palm, and the whole plant taller than me.

21 thoughts on “Crazy young July

  1. Mais il est luxuriant, ton petit jardin! Remarquablement architecturé et rythmé tout en gardant un aspect naturel et sauvage. Les jardins en disent long sur leurs jardiniers, je vois dans le tien générosité et réflexion et la petite touche de fantaisie qui fait le plus. Superbe, bel été dans ton petit paradis 🙂

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    1. Merci beaucoup Alma ! 😊 Je crois que c’est surtout que les plantes m’ont prise en pitié et décidé de me pardonner la plupart de mes erreurs. 😬

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  2. Wow, that astilbe is rad! I would like to grow it because it would look so nice in the redwood forests. It just does not do so well here. No one seems to know why. It survives, but is not very happy.
    Is ‘kaki’ how they are known there? I know them as persimmon, but one of my colleagues knows them as kaki.

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    1. Is it too dry for astilbes maybe ? I think people call this fruit either persimmon or Sharon fruit or kaki. I used to eat a lot of them as my parents come from Vietnam where it is appreciated and called rose fruit. This is my first time trying to grow them.

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      1. I sort of suspect that it is too dry for astilbe. Even if watered enough, astilbe dislikes the aridity (lack of humidity). It would suit the style of landscapes in the redwoods splendidly if only it were happier about it.
        I leaned that fruit as ‘persimmon’, but those of Japanese descent in San Jose know them as ‘kaki’. ‘Kaki’ is also the species designation; Dyospyrus kaki. Many of the kids I grew up with were originally from Vietnam, so we were familiar with it, although we knew it as persimmon. Most of us prefer the firm sort, such as ‘Fuyu’, that can be sliced and dried. I prefer the big and very squishy ‘Hachiya’ that I can eat like pudding. I happen to be growing an American persimmon from seed that I brought back from Oklahoma. It is nothing like the Japanese persimmons, but it is pretty good in its own way. The rusty brown fruit is small and ugly, with big seeds. It is best after frosted and starting to get wrinkly. It is not nearly as sweet, but is sort of starchy. I really like it, although it it no substitute for the Japanese persimmons.

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    1. Le mot commun en latin pour jardin est hortus, mais il est vrai qu’à certains moments, j’ai l’impression que mon petit jardin est un bout de Paradis ! Merci André de votre lecture !

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      1. Hortus, bien sûr. Mais tant Gaffiot (dictionnaire illustré latin-français), qui traduit paradisus par “jardin”, que Ernout et Meillet (dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine), qui traduisent paradisus par “parc”, font référence à un lieu d’agrément végétal, signalant l’origine grecque (paradaisos) du mot.
        Ceci dit, “l’important, c’est la rose” … 🙂

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        1. Ce que vous dites est vrai, mais mes maitres, qui manquaient peut-être de fantaisie, m’auraient tiré l’oreille si j’avais traduit jardin par autre chose qu’hortus en thème latin, ou kêpos en thème grec. Le mot paradeisos a un usage bien plus limité. Quel que soit le mot, on y passe du bon temps et je vous remercie de votre passage dans le mien.

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    1. Too many colours, I need to put a bit of order in all that, but I am one of those who can’t mentally picture things until they are physically there. Now I am quite sure nasturtiums, though lovely, don’t mix too well with the rest. I also read in your blog once that pink and yellow don’t belong together, and now I can’t unsee that unfortunate voisinage in my garden. This is my first year with the persimmon, I keep my fingers crossed for something edible next November !

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  3. C’est si beau! Tellement délicat. On te vois entre les tiges et les pétales. Il y a beaucoup de fleurs qu’il y aussi dans le jardin de mon père: j’aime l’idée que certaines harmonies se répondent de loin, et cela me touche particulièrement aujourd’hui parce que ce jardin-là de mon enfance passera bientôt dans les mains d’un jardinier inconnu.

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  4. Such a lovely border! Congratulations on the kaki plant flowering, I am holding my breath!! I am slightly jealous of the astilbes, mine are being very timid this year. Does this black and white geranium blossom for long? I need something white and long-flowering to brighten up a shady corner.

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    1. Thank you Katya ! Alas, it seems the kaki flowers are dropping. There are still three on the tree but hopes are low. That astilbe was a really good surprise, considering it was bought in Poundland ! I thought it might struggle in our dry Kentish weather. The black and white geranium is still in flowers now, I try to deadhead it from time to time. It was bought in August 2017 and I can’t remember how many times it has been moved (at least 10), yet it doesn’t show it. I don’t know how long it will flower, last year it stopped earlier as it was crushed under a centranthus, I will let you know. 🙂

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  5. Simply lovely! Full of admiration for your Kaki to flower, the geranium is a total stunner which I will have to seek out one day and I loved your “spiritual discourse” between Lucifer and the bishops 🙂 ! Any white Cosmos left??

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    1. Dear Stefanie, how lovely it is to hear from you ! I hope you are better. The garden has changed much since July, I now have some dahlias and a lot of white cosmos, but things are beginning to look autumnal and a bit tired. Lucifer has long gone, of course, and Bishop of Llandaff is definitely the winner in the garden. What a performer !

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