Things that caught my eye today – Ideas to brighten up the garden in July, August and beyond ….

Firstly a few from home this evening - I'm particularly pleased with the lilies in the front garden, wafting their intoxicating fragrance for weeks now - and the bright blue Campanula Blue Octopus, flowering for over a month. Then (below) more from my day at Petersham Nurseries. Plenty of colour as we move into midsummer…

and now for something a little tropical… the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley

The lilac blue flowers at the base of the waterfall are Hypoestes aristata, next to the Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia regina. Sword Agave - last seen in the Hotel gardens in Madeira... The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/Articles/Greenspiration-at-Wisley  

Sometimes you have to wonder…

Passion Flower, Passiflora caerulea What a remarkable piece of floral construction - I've remarked on this before when I photographed the smaller yellow cousin, Passiflora citrina - though this one is absolutely not a manageable houseplant. A twining climber, it has vigorous if a little straggly growth, benefitting from being grown up or through something…

White Lightning

Passiflora caerulea White Lightning After the rain, thunder and accompanying light show earlier this evening, this seemed appropriate - in name at least. An unusual flower and very likely all the component parts play some role in the life-cycle of this vigorous climber. This pale cultivar (Constance Elliott is another) is on the wrong side…