A busy week gardening and keeping out of the hot sunshine. This is when all my shady borders benefit as I can’t work in the heat. Thank goodness there was tennis to watch in the afternoons and it will soon be Wimbledon! If I need to work on sunny borders, I try to get them done before breakfast as it is nice and cool then. It was so hot yesterday and last night but rain is promised for later today so I hope it isn’t an empty promise as my water butts need filling again and the garden needs rain.
My six for this week are as follows.
Stipa gigantea, my favourite grass. I already have one up by the circular lawn but can’t see it from the house, so have planted another near the dining room where the sun can shine through it all day long and make it look like spun gold!
My lovely Rodgersia in the bog garden is now flowering. The beautiful bronze pleated leaves that it had when first coming through the soil are now flat and green and the flower now takes over as it is so pretty.
Clematis pagoda now into flowering mode, it flowers for such a long time and from now on will be covered with lovely small flowers.
Pale blue lobelia in a pot outside the back door. Ok, I forgot to cut it back last autumn and maybe throw it out. Obviously the old growth ptotected it from all the winter frosts and once it had been tidied up it is flowering madly, frothing everywhere!
Allium christophii has taken over from A. Purple Rain. I planted quite a lot many years ago but now only have 3 left, must buy some more in the autumn.
He’s been back! This is what I found at 5.30am on Thursday morning, on the path round the mini meadow, the Roe deer buck has been back sampling all the nice little rose shoots that had grown after his last visit, while I was sound asleep. They must just have reached the right state of juiciness and he remembered where they were, will I be having a visit every 6 or 7 weeks – it was April 21st when he originally came? I have flicked his droppings onto the rose beside where he left his mark, after all if he can eat my roses, he can also fertilise them, its just my recycled roses!
That is my 6 for this week, hopefully we will get much needed rain this evening, it is already a lot cooler so far today, thank goodness. Thanks go to Jon the Propagator for organising us all, do pay him a visit to see what is happening in gardens around the world.