Oh dear – a very bleached view this End of Month.
Whilst I have watered newly planted annuals, the veg patch and pots, there has been no watering of the grass and little of the main beds, and boy does it show!
Whilst a careful angle suggests something’s going on in the Swing Beds
reality is more brutal. Actually the main casualty here has been the rather overwhelming pink geranium which I’ve been meaning to reduce anyway, so hopefully I can take the opportunity to have a rethink.
The right hand Swing Bed is similarly colourless.
In the Grass Bed the Zinnias are filling out and providing lots of limey and sludgy pink blooms for cutting.
The Agapanthus are a delight and thriving in the hot sunny weather. And the Veg Patch behind where we’ve used a trickle hose for the first time for a number of overnight drenchings has gone bonkers – particularly the courgette plants at the front.
The bamboo structure is looking a little drunken after 50mph winds over the weekend but the beans don’t seem to care!
I bought some mini sweetcorn plug plants when I saw them in a local garden centre as they’re a daughter favourite, and they’ve gone pretty bonkers too. I’m not sure how many cobs you get per plant. I hope it’s more than one!
Round to the western side the Dahlias are getting going, the roses are coming back and the Arctotis are just starting
and there are a few new blooms on the Wisteria too.
Outside the greenhouse more Agapanthus joined by Asters, but the planned clashing Dahlia has failed spectacularly! Not only have the Dahlia’s struggled to get going in the dry weather, but the first one to flower has turned out to be pink when I’d planned a fabulous, spiky orange bloom – ‘Mel’s Orange Marmalade’ (loved the name!). I contacted Sarah Raven and unfortunately ‘Mel’ had sold out, but I selected an alternate, softer orange, but I haven’t yet planted them as I’m still hoping ‘Mel’ might be amongst the remaining five!
Inside the usual jungle of tomatoes, cucumbers and aubergines.
But most excitingly – look at this – I only had to wait 4 months! Let’s hope there’s still some summer left to enjoy it
and perhaps I can get some of these pots off the gravel!
With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener who hosts our EoMVs.