The border which has been christened the “sunset border” is flowering beautifully at the moment with pink, yellow, blue, orange, purple and white flowers and foliage, all the colours found in a sunset.
The main plants at the moment are the rhododendrons which were here before we arrived, so sometimes I refer to this area as the rhododendron bed.
Usually when we have a period without rain , in the summer, yes, it does happen sometimes, we have had to water ( fling a bucket of water over) the camellias and rhododendrons so that they don’t abort their flower buds for the following year.
Last year there certainly wasn’t a problem, we had such a wet August, no watering was needed at all. This year all the rhodos and camellias were absolutely covered in flower buds and the rhodos are now just starting to open.
The sunset border is now living up to its name and will continue through the summer, but I think it is at its best at the moment while the shrubs are in flower as well as bulbs and perennials.
We had a shower of rain last night which has freshened everything up, I think a nice day for gardening will follow!