Summer in the garden at The Firs

Despite the baking hot dry weather the cottage garden has continued look good over the summer.

Roses have been in flower since May and will carry on filling the garden not only with colourful blooms but their beautiful scent too.

A vibrant red rose
vibrant red rose outside the cottage
A vibrant red rose

One of the most striking plants in the cottage garden, with its silvery-blue flower spikes standing over a metre and a half tall, is the Perovskia, or Russian Sage. If you crush a leaf between your fingers and smell it, you’ll see why it’s called ‘Russian sage’ – it smells wonderful!

Perovskia in the cottage garden
Pervoskia at The Firs
Perovskia in the cottage garden

The clumps of white Daisies and Gazanias in brilliant shades of yellow and orange bring pockets of brightness to the garden. The Penstemons add a splash of bright pink to the garden. We can look forward to the purple Asters flowering through to Autumn, when we’ll also see the lipstick-pink Nerines come into flower.

Peony in the garden
a peony in the garden
Peony in the garden

In the Sound Garden the climbers are clambering over the pergola, and underneath the Crocosmia, or Montbretia as many people know it, adds bright red splashes to the garden.

Crocosmia in the cottage garden
crocosmia at the firs
Crocosmia in the cottage garden

We’re looking forward to the apple harvest in Autumn. Many varieties are starting to colour up and get their rosy glow. We hope to be able to identify the varieties this Autumn and label them so you can see what your favourites are called.

The hot sunny days haven’t deterred the wildlife in the gardens, we’ve had a glorious array of dancing butterflies, many types of bees and in the late of the afternoon after the heat of the day has past our bird feeders in the Sound garden are full of colourful feathered friends chattering whilst they gorge themselves.

Red Admiral butterfly
A red admiral butterfly in the garden
Red Admiral butterfly