This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Saturday, 27 August 2011

August in flower - garden tour

Many of the plants grown from seed are now in full flower and hopefully will continue through the end of Sept (maybe even Oct). Here's a little tour...

Variety: Antirrhinum (Snapdragon) 'Intermediate Mixed', Carters Tested Seeds.Sown 18 March 2011 indoor. Planted outside May/June 2011.
Growing up the wigwam: Morning Glory 'Carnevale di Venezia', Thompson & Morgan seeds. Sown 7 May 2011 indoor. Planted outside June 2011.

Above and left: A new hardy annual I decided to grow this year - the flowers are really impressive. I just hope the plants bring lots more flowers before the end of summer!

Variety: Malope Excelsior Mixed, Hardy Annual, Caters Tested Seeds Sown 8 May 2011 indoor. Planted outside June/July 2011.
The rose border. Yellow rose is 'Arthur Bell'.
The Morning Glory has been growing slowly up the winter damaged coryline palm. Not much of a flower display as of yet.

Close up below.

The 'pony tails' on the Amaranthus get longer and longer.

Variety: Amaranthus 'Pony Tails', Thompson & Morgan Seeds, Sown 10 April 2011 indoor. Planted outside June/July 2011.

The California poppy have been blooming for months - great for the flower border!


  1. Your garden is beautiful and you have so many things blooming. I love those big pink Malope blooms. What a nice place for kitty to relax in, as well as you!

  2. You have such a lovely Irish garden. I think I should plant amaranthus. A neighbor has some growing. I love how yours drapes over the old stone wall.

  3. The malope may self seed and produce plants for next year. We have self sown antirrhinums which have arrived from somewhere as we have never actually grown any. Isn't nature wonderful

  4. Your garden is gorgeous! I am amazed at how many blooms you have right now, very nice! My garden is very tired right now, suffering from heat and drought. Thanks for the tour.

  5. How beautiful your garden looks. What a feast for the eyes. It's still very hot, very dry, and very brown here. Thanks so much for showing us your lovelies.

  6. You have plenty of colour and interest left in your garden. It looks like your cat is enjoying the sunshine, it's raining here.

  7. My morning glories have not bloomed yet either, what's going on? But I saw buds finally! I grew the taller snapdragons for the first time this year, and they really surprised me. Long bloom time in a wide variety of colors, definitely one to grow again.

  8. Gorgeous garden! The cat is really having fun in the garden!