Six on Saturday 30.07.2022

It’s official, here in my part of the South West we have not had any measurable rain for the month of July, the driest July since 1911. The garden is very dry, I am watering my pots and recent plantings made before the heatwave came. The only plants that look as though they are suffering are the hydrangeas, they are given a watering can of water each morning, but by the next morning they are wilting again. My water butts are now empty so all water is from a tap, metered, some of the water I use is grey water and some is the run off which I save when I want hot water. All is not doom and gloom though, some plants are managing to cope very well.

My six for this week are as follows…..

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Stipa gigantea seems to be enjoying the heat, its not quite as tall as it usually is, but that’s a minor point. The box on the corner needs clipping, but not until it is cooler and not so sunny otherwise it will just go brown.

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Six on Saturday 23.07.2022

Thank goodness it is a bit cooler, not much some days, but enough so that I don’t feel as though I’m melting! Still no decent amount of rain, we keep getting told that we are going to have thunder storms, we hear the thunder but – no rain except for a little drizzle for 5 minutes, my water butts are all empty now so I’m being very careful with how much I’m taking from the tap as we pay for every drop that we use. Needless to say, the garden is looking rather tired by now, but I know it will cope for a bit longer. However there are a few plants that are coping well, mainly with bulbs corms and tubers.

Here are my six for this week…………

No 1

Not a bulb, corm or tuber, but a blackbird! Mrs B. is on her second brood of babies and is eating me out of house and home. She gets all the meal worms that I’m putting out, I’m putting out extra rations as she has so many mouths to feed, but even so she expects more every time I step outside to do my gardening. One of these days I’m going to trip over her as she is always fussing round my feet. I can see that she will have time for a third brood!

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Six on Saturday 16.07.2022

I started off last Saturday saying how hot it was, I spoke too soon, it is even hotter this weekend and due to get even hotter still tomorrow and Monday. I am doing everything I can to stay cool and start gardening at 5 am when I wake, when it is nice and cool. By 10 am though I am melting so retreat indoors to cool down wth a long drink and a good book! Plants are coping better than I am with only a few needing watering apart from my pots, so here are my 6 for this week….

No 1

Really enjoying this weather is Yucca filamentosa which is in the bed by the back door. This means that this plant will die once it has finished flowering but I will then have to wait for the offshoots at the side to grow to flowering size before I can enjoy the flowers once again. Worth the wait though.

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Six on Saturday. 09. 07. 2022.

It is Hot, Hot, Hot! I’m hiding in the shade, feeling sorry for my plants that can’t move and get out of the heat, any gardening is done first thing in the morning, sometimes even before breakfast, after that, I wilt!

My six for this week are as follows……

No 1.

Zantedeschia aethiopica, and I think, Kiwi Blush, has flowered at last. I can’t remember when I planted it but to have a flower after a gap of at least 10 yrs, is cause for celebration!

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Day Lilies giving colour everywhere.

Hemerocallis or Day Lilies, because as their name suggests they only flower for one day, soon though your plants are large enough to have loads of flowers so the flowering period is easily for a month. I find that frequent deadheading is best to keep the plants looking tidy. So far this week we haven’t had any more rain but with a fair amount of sunshine the flowers are opening, making the garden look very colourful.

This is Pink Damask, although I think more of a terracotta colour than pink. This is a good sized clump now and flowers for a long time.

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Six on Saturday, 02. 07. 2022.

Another week of sunshine and rain with a bit of thunder thrown in,  just to make it more interesting! I used to play a lot of tennis when I was a lot younger so am glued to the TV when Wimbledon is on, at least they now have a roof or two for when it rains there, so there is always something to watch. I have been able to watch quite a lot of tennis, but have also managed to fit gardening in between the showers, so its not all doom and gloom, thank goodness. A lot of my six are self seeders, where would we be without them?

No 1

My first one though is my Cistus shrub, what has happened to this flower, this isn’t how it should be!

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Six on Saturday 25. 06. 22

At last we have had rain, not only did this give me a rest from gardening yesterday but it gave the plants a much needed drink and I’m sure they will feel much better for it. We have had more rain overnight and this morning and more is due later today, so at least I can catch up on my housework!

My six for this week are as follows-

No 1

Crocosmia Lucifer has started to flower, soon he will be bedecked in all his finery and drawing attention to himself at the top of the garden. You just won’t be able to miss him!

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A mixed bag.

We have had mixed bag of weather as well as a mixed bag of photos this last week. Temperatures ridiculously high for a few days, then quite hard rain last weekend, followed by more very high temperatures. Today should be the last day of this latest heatwave, cooler weather will be following on with more rain forecast for this coming weekend. So far the garden is coping well, this is when I am thankful for our heavy clay soil where the plants can dig deep for moisture.

I’ll start with something that looks to me like an alien from outer space.

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Six on Saturday 18. 06. 2022.

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.

No 1

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!

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More Roses, Roses everywhere.

I’m continuing with the roses that I started last Wednesday, there were so many, too many for one post. Keeping up with the deadheading is another job that has to be done every few days, but at least it keeps me in amongst them, smelling their beautiful perfume.

I’ll start with Gertrude Jekyll which ia a beautiful rose, colour, shape and perfume, couldn’t be better. Photo must have been taken some time ago, we haven’t had rain for ages, thank goodness it is coming at the weekend!

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