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A beautiful morning in the garden….

It was one of those truly wonderful mornings; where the light is good, the air is warm, there is no wind and the garden seems almost to purr with pleasure. Just too good not to take some pictures!

One of my favourite views in the garden (below), at the bottom of the Long Walk, has Molinia Dauerstrahl backed by massed Verbena bonariensis, both looking just wonderful in the early sunshine.

While down on the Lower Lawn the flowers of Molinia Poul Petersen (below), still in their fresh purple phase were looking even more lustous with a thin coating of dew.

The Sunny Meadow (below), has looked good for some months now and I have been delighted with its performance, especially as it was only planted this time last year. Now Agastache Black Adder and Patrinia scabiosa (ably supported by some Verbena bonariensis), are showing off and look pretty spectacular together.

Only a short distance away in the Gravel Garden, one of the really good dark blue agapanthus, Agapanthus Northern Star (below), is looking fabulous set off by the Gaura Whirling Butterflies.

Not to be outdone one of the best of the persicarias, Persicaria Fat Domino (above), is in full deep red flower at the other end of the Gravel and is seldom wthout an attendant flock of bees butterflies and hoverflies.
Another persicaria that has been around for rather longer, but which is no less attractive, is Persicaria Rosea (below). And this morning it looked epsecially good back by the Eucryphia which is one of a select band of shrubs at their best during high summer.

Walking back through the Decennium border I was really pleased to see that a group of Sanguisorba tenuifolia purpurea (below), that we planted a little while back is now showing just what a good plant it really is.

While the shady parts of the garden have less to offer by way of bright flower at this time of year there is plenty of interest still. For example one true grass that does very well in dry shade is Anemanthele lessoniana, and as you can see from the image below it is looking simply wonderful as it comes into full flower at the base of a ginkjo tree.

I have always loved hydrangeas and at this time of year the species types such as Hydrangea quercifolia remind me just how useful they can be; bringing both form and flower to shady areas during the quieter summer period.