The Changing Seasons ~ July’s High-Summer Gold


Without a doubt July’s stars in the-garden-over-the-fence are the Dyer’s Chamomile daisies, also known as Golden Marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria). They have flowered and flowered for weeks now, spilling out on to field path behind the house, tumbling into the garden through the fence. So much gold from a small packet of seeds bought from Jekka’s Herb Farm.

In fact some of you may remember that back in the winter I was worried about the plants’ survival. Some started flowering late last autumn and were still going in December. I was afraid that after such an untimely show, they would keel over and die. I needn’t have worried. I think they have magic powers, though they do have their foibles. For one thing, they are not early risers, and if you catch them too soon in the day, they will not be properly dressed. Each night as the sun goes down they fold back their petals, tight to the stem so they look like a crowd of golden lollipops. Now there’s a thought to ponder on. It makes me wonder if they do this to attract particular  night-time pollinators.


And talking of pollinators the garden has been humming with hoverflies, bumbles and honey bees. And now as the month draws to a close, hot on Marguerite’s sunshine heels come Helianthus, Doronicum, Golden Rod, while among them, dots of mauve and purple from Centaurea, Phlox and Drumstick Allium add a touch of flair. What a happy garden. Which of course makes us happy too. So I’m passing it on Sun even though today it is raining here in Shropshire.









The Changing Seasons ~ July 2019

Please pop over to Su’s to see her changing seasons in the southern hemisphere.


44 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons ~ July’s High-Summer Gold

  1. Tish,

    I love the promise-of-a-strip-tease at dusk of the Marguerite Daisy; but I think your suggestion is right: this whole display everywhere in the natural environment is not for us but arises out of a long evolution of techniques for the survival and flourishing of the natural world, species by species.

    We are merely the witnessing and camera-holding species!

    Blessed earth. Happy garden, as you say. But it is, undoubteldy not listening and has no idea of happiness; and it is we who are happy and we who are blessed!


      1. I reckon most of my close up shots are between 4 and 12 inches from the subject. You have to give it time to focus and lower light levels often seem a bit more successful. The Canon ixus range have a macro setting, and the small Lumix panasonics. My current small Canon is an SX620 HS. It has quite a lot of other whizzy features and a monochrome mode. One of my oldish canon ixus models also had a dynamic macro setting which I didn’t quite get the hang of, but possibly allowed you to be further away from the subject and zoom in.

      2. Thank you very much for giving me the specifics, Tish!!!! I clearly am way behind in the evolution of point and shoot cameras and need to do some research before I start spending tons of money on additional lenses for my Nikon.

      3. I’ve bought a few little Canons (i.e. older models) quite cheaply on Ebay after reading the specs on Amazon and YouTube – good for carrrying around in pockets for unexpected close-ups!

  2. I love the sea of Golden Marguerites. The way they fold back their petals back is so endearing, too! What a wonderful, colourful, changing display of blooms you have, Tish. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos too. I’ve been noticing how many different flying creatures are about, especially in the sunshine. I love to try capturing them close up, it’s an interesting game in the wind, though! 😄

  3. what a magnificent golden display, I wish my garden was alive to bees and butterflies . . . this year however my lavender, buddliea and other bee friendly plants are very lonely

  4. fields turning golden and flowers yellowing into August – a re-run of Spring before the Autumn I always think. Lovely to see so many pollinators on your blooms too and get a fresh look at Farerll country

    1. Yes, a second spring in some ways. I’m just now sowing lots veggie seeds, which I don’t usually do much of at this time of year, hedging my bets with our warmer autum-winters outdoors and also growing things on in the polytunnel after the tomatoes. But the countryside around us is definitely showing some autumnal inclinations, which seems a bit soon – late summer flowers colliding with the high summer bloomers.

  5. I feel such joy seeing your beautiful flowering plants Tish, especially as it’s very windy here and our one flowering plant — the magnolia — is getting a hammering.

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