Saturday has come round again very quickly and it is supposed to be really hot this weekend, not yet though. Last Saturday saw me driving up the motorway to my daughter and family in Bristol, the first time I have been there for 18 months- it was wonderful seeing everyone again after such a long time apart, lots of hugs all round. While I was away, I’m sure the weeds grew another 6 inches, so that is mostly what I have been tackling this week. My 6 for this week are as follows.
No 1 Holly Blue Butterfly
This tiny Holly Blue butterfly was enjoying itself on the Cotoneaster horizontalis by the kitchen window.
No 2 Birthday flowers
Beautiful flowers received for my birthday from my lovely daughter. My favourite peonies, stocks and freesias, what a delicious perfume from them all.
No 3 Rhododendrons
All my rhododendrons are flowering now, they have all caught up, must do a separate post about them all.
No 4 Hydrangea damage.
When we had our hail storm a couple of weeks ago, I only noticed the damage to my hostas at the time. The other day though I found my poor hydrangea looking very sorry for itself. The flower buds have since emerged and they are looking fine so maybe when the flowers are out I won’t notice the leaves, or maybe I could remove them.
No 5 More Birthday flowers.
I have been busy planting up my pots by the back door, the standard Hibiscus was a present from Canada from my nephew and his wife. It arrived while I was in Bristol but waiting for me in the shady front porch kept it nice and cool and it perked up once it had a nice long drink.
No 6 My first paeony.
Paeony Bowl of Beauty is my first to flower this year after P mlokosewitschii which is much earlier. Some of the buds on the others dried up so won’t now open unfortunately and I think the squirrels ate another just as it was about to open! So not the armfuls that I was hoping to pick yet but I have made a start!
These are my 6 for this week, kindly hosted by Jon The Propagator, do please pay him a visit to see other offerings. If the forecast is correct and we are going to be roasting this weekend, I will just have to retreat into the shade with a good book and a long, cold drink!