The herbaceous border in July
July 12, 2015 by squirrelbasket
Pink peony in the herbaceous borders of Bute Park, Cardiff, in July 2015
Every month or so I am visiting the herbaceous borders in Bute Park, Cardiff, to see what’s in bloom and learn to identify a few more plants. This visit was on July 2, just after I had been to check up on the Paulownia tree I am following. It was early, so I stopped for breakfast at the park’s Summerhouse Cafe before walking through the borders to work.
This was the view as I sat eating my breakfast sandwich. The cafe kindly put the bacon, sausage and egg on white bread for me, instead of on the baguette that was on the menu, as I always have trouble eating baguettes. I wasn’t very elegant eating the sandwich either, but a knife and fork helped and no one was watching. It was great. It felt like being abroad for half an hour.
View from the Summerhouse cafe, with wingnut tree on the right
I did say in a previous post that for now I had stopped watching the wingnut tree by the bridge, but it was right beside me and I couldn’t resist, as it looked wonderful…
The hybrid wingnut, Pterocarya × rehderiana
The fruits are developing…
You can see where the winged nuts are forming
But on to the borders…
Bute Park herbaceous borders
Lovely yellow Lysimachia or loosestrife
We also have this in our garden – I think it’s Campanula poscharskyana or Serbian bellflower
I’m pretty sure this is Monarda or bergamot, a member of the Lamiaceae or mint family
I think this is a Geranium of the cranesbill type
Then there are the members of the Asteraceae family I always have trouble identifying…
Possibly an Erigeron or fleabane?
I wonder if this is Arctotis – it’s known to tolerate drought and this soil was very dry?
So like ragwort, or single chrysanthemums, but which member of the Asteraceae family is this?
Not many flowers left, but this is Rudbeckia, I think
Like bumble bees – these are Rudbeckia Green Wizard, which I identified by chance when Googling – not much in the way of petals!
A cornflower (Centaurea)
I believe this is Centaurea macrocephala or giant knapweed
This may be an ornamental chicory, (Cichorium) perhaps?
Crocosmia – formerly known as Montbretia
Few cameras deal well with bright red… I think this is Lychnis chalcedonica, the Maltese cross plant
Polemonium or Jacob’s ladder plant
Found in so many Welsh gardens – Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff
Hemerocallis or daylily
A general view of the borders
The closest I can come to identifying this is possibly Sanguisorbia obtusa or Japanese burnet
Great combination of yellow flowers and dark foliage – but I can’t identify it – the leaves are a bit like balsam (Impatiens) but not the flowers…
Hosta is looking a bit scruffy
Another general view
Allium or ornamental onion
I can always name Delphiniums as the flower buds look like little dolphins
So that’s one I CAN identify. I wonder how many of the others I will remember next time I see them…