Proof that we’re about a month behind where we should be at this time of year: my garden has suddenly, spectacularly burst into flower. Even though it’s August, when everything’s usually looking a little saggy and tired and definitely more green and brown than colourful.

This is either what my borders should be looking like in midsummer, were I a properly organised gardener giving due consideration to year-round colour: or it’s what my borders would have looked like in July, had it been a normal summer.

Oh hell, I don’t care, I’m just enjoying it for what it is. For once I am spoiled for choice as to beautiful things to photograph for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted as always by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. And I couldn’t be happier.

Pumpkin ‘Atlantic Giant’ in the tropical edibles border: its huge plate-like leaves are looking gorgeous snaking around the feet of some ruched near-black Cavolo Nero kale. I’m experimenting with edible planting with an exotic feel and this one is a real winner.
Malva moschata var alba

The brilliantly-coloured if rather thuggish daylilies are also a feature of the tropical edibles border: they don’t have a variety as I inherited them (and have been digging out great clumps of them where they’ve invaded neighbouring territory ever since). I am forever weighing up the pros and cons of getting rid of them altogether: at the moment, when they’re looking this lovely, they’re for keeping I think. 

Garlic chives in full flower

Another thug with no name which I harden my heart against while it’s just a big, ugly, strappy clump of leaves shouldering everything around it into oblivion: then it flowers and I lose the will to take action yet again. I love crocosmias but my goodness they’re difficult to live with.

Nemesia which survived the winter in the chimney pots flanking my patio and are flowering their socks off once again

Geraniums: or should I say pelargoniums. I’m very rude to them every year and call them my old-lady plants but they just flower on regardless and defy all my attempts to ruin them with blatant neglect.

I rather like this one, though. Nicked as a cutting from a client’s garden many years ago and still going strong.

Rosa ‘Wildeve’

The two-tone flowers of Nicotiana mutabilis: I overwintered mine this year in a frost-free greenhouse on advice from Chris Ireland-Jones at Avon Bulbs and it’s worked a treat.

Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’ coming back for a second charming flowering: it’s never really out of flower, actually, and is one of my desert-island plants I wouldn’t be without

Cichorium intybus: otherwise known as chicory. I first saw chicory flowers on the Hooksgreen Herbs stand at one of the shows a few years ago and fell in love with it: now I’ve planted chicory all through my herb garden and it looks just lovely.

Tropaeolum majus ‘Ladybird’ forming a gorgeous frothy pile in the salad garden

Also in the salad garden the dill has flowered like big yellow fireworks in one corner: you’re not supposed to let them do this, as it means you can’t use the leaves any more, but they do look spectacular

And a little further along the same row there’s another froth, this time of coriander which has run to seed rather spectacularly all along one side. It’s very unruly and flops right across the path but it does look lovely: and I’ll be saving the seed for use in cooking and also of course to sow next year.