Four years ago thinking that I wouldn't garden as I had I decided to get Mike to plant up various shrubs and trees thinking that it would make life easier for Mike. I had looked specially for shrubs flowering in July always a dull time after the first flush of roses and before the second.
I realised it would grow to quite a size but at my age wasn't really too bothered but I hadn't realised that it would grow so quickly or take up such a depth of space. Clearly it is not in a good position because already this year I have had to prune bits off it which had overgrown surrounding plants. However it is glorious for now and time will tell how well we manage it.
My intention was to screen the view at the back from the housing estate we overlook. It has done that very well and also is making a useful structure for the odd clematis. Surprise surprise.
Near bye I have a Eucryphia Nymansensis which is not flowering yet and a smaller Eucryphia Lucida a most delightful shrub which has nearly finished flowering. I showed this in my Trees in my garden post. All three are useful for getting flowers at this in between time of the year.