It was the perfect week to be on holiday with nothing to do as it was too hot to do anything. The dead heading was left but there was no avoiding the need to water in the greenhouse. Tomatoes, melons, strawberries, lettuce and basil are all motoring along. Outside the green beans are being picked along with raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants. Here’s the view of the garden this week.
I have to share this view of the allotment end of the garden although it’s not to my credit. I had a few calendula plants in the garden a couple of years ago and if they are not ruthlessly controlled they run riot! Beautifully so, but I need to fight back. I’m enjoying the splash of colour for the moment but an afternoon spent pulling them out is on the agenda and next year I will be hoeing them off, immediately, no ground given. Honestly.
It is now four years since the move to this house and the garden borders are transformed. Each year a new corner or two comes under scrutiny. This year it was the passion flower draped arch and trellis. I could see that a honeysuckle also entwined its way around the uprights but it never flowered. One side of the passion flower has been taken down and the honeysuckle probably got a bit of a cut back in the process. Perhaps this is why it has flowered for the first time. It’s a great addition.
The scented leaf pellies are back in their summer pots and are decorating the patio. The peat free compost does dry out quickly on the surface so daily watering was necessary. This one is ‘Prince of Orange’.
The cheerful Shasta daisies seem to be twice as high this year. They were started from seed about four years ago. They grow up into the wild blackberries that are another corner of the garden awaiting some attention. It looks like there will be a good crop there too.
Most of the delphiniums are going to seed now and need to be cut back but this one came through a little later. It was a pot luck buy at a plant sale, just marked delphinium. I’ve had it for three years now but it always only puts up one spike. Is that a thing for certain types of delphinium ?
To finish I offer this combination of blackcurrant sage and a penstemon – could it be ‘Apple Blossom’? The sage looked a little sad after the winter but it responded well to a cut back and is now threading its way around the penstemon.
Cooler temperatures for next week will see me back in the garden catching up on the dead heading. The roses need to be fed to help them produce the next wave of flowers and I think I’ll have a nose around the late crop new potatoes. If nosing around gardens is your thing then go immediately to Mr P’s he has the most divine photo of the rose ‘Generous Gardener’, it’s a must see!
Around time of year I’m usually on my way to Suffolk with a stop off at the Beth Chatto gardens. The gardens are open now but the trip to Suffolk is off. Which is a shame because a week on the Suffolk coast next week might be a blessed relief. Temperatures here are forecast to make 30 degrees. At least the garden has had a very good soak and the water butts are almost replenished. Here’s this week’s six.
I’m opening with this is mallow, or malva moschata. I didn’t realise just how pretty it was until I took the close up. Beautiful and it is a regular self seeder that fills a corner of the garden quite happily doing its thing with very little attention.
The hydrangeas which were gasping for a drop of the good stuff are very happy now. This one is hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’. Being one of the Endless Summer ranges apparently it can flower on new and old wood. Something I did not know before today.
The lilies that are in a pot by one of the pergola legs opened up last weekend. Just in time to provide some scented evening distractions.
From Cornwall to France the Yuccas have been flowering and here I offer a flowering cordyline. Which by coincidence came all the way from Cornwall some twenty years ago. It has lived in a pot for all those years, with a belated move to a larger pot about three years ago. It has never flowered before and I don’t know if it will again but here it is for now.
This clear white geranium is sanguineum ‘Album’ used in the northern corner of the garden and is finally in flower.
And just around the corner is this inherited geranium. White with beautiful pink veining. It was quite a large clump so I divided it up and dotted it around the garden on the shadier side and it has done well in all locations. I wonder if it could be ‘Kashmiri White’.
I’m going to be making the most of this cool weekend to get some gardening jobs done. The last stragglers of the annuals to be planted out. There are tomatoes to be looked over – those side shoots are sprouting fast and the second sowing of french beans to be put in the ground. Enjoy your gardening jobs and look in at The Prop’s Place for his six (I have fallen for sidalcea ‘Rosaly’) and all the links to other good gardening blogs.
I like to think that by June I’m on top of the garden. That I’ll just potter around dead heading and pulling a few weeds but essentially I will be sitting back and enjoying the balmy days and sweet perfumes. Not last week. The temperature dropped, the winds blew and there was some entirely unsubstantial wet stuff that pretended to be light showers. This all amounted to enough to keep me inside but enough to turbo charge Continue reading →
Having had a few days off at Sofa-on-Sea, I am returning to the fold with six from a parched garden. So much promise of rain, so little delivered. The water butts, and I have several, have run dry, the lawn is cracking and yet the bindweed just doesn’t give up. The greenhouse has been emptied of seedlings and young plants and those not yet planted out are now finding cover under the pergola.