As usual just as the garden got going I headed off to Suffolk for a week. I emptied out the greenhouse and soaked everything as best I could. But the week turned out cooler than forecast and on my return I could breathe a sigh of relief and give a smile of delight. The warmer temperatures that followed the rain had done its work. The garden had popped.
These lillies were in bud as I left. They’ve definitely popped and now flood this corner of the garden with their beautiful scent. They’ve been growing in this pot for many years now, when I remember they get fed but otherwise they are left to their own devices. Thankfully no sign of lilly beetle yet.
The lavender is sparkling in the sunshine today. Last year I needed to replace a French lavender that didn’t over winter. I picked up a ‘Hidcote’ but then changed my mind and bought a ‘Munstead’ and I am enjoying the softer colour.
The knautia macedonica have burst forth and are humming with bees. They are just at the stage when I can cope with dead heading them – cutting out the first flowering middle stem is easy but a week on and I will be lost in a sea of new blooms and seed heads.
The hydrangeas that suffered so much last year have fought back and look rather stately against the backdrop of the sage mound. I think they will suffer today if temperatures reach predicted heights.
Penstemon ‘Plum Jerkum’ has joined the gang, a lovely deep colour.
These are the trays of annuals that I have left to plant out. That’s my gardening job for the weekend but I will save it for tomorrow when the heat is less intense. I have cleome, zinnia, a few nicotiana and other assorted bits and pieces. They are going to fill the gaps where the agastache and pennisetum villosum didn’t over winter. I also have dead heading of roses and picking of sweet peas to do – sounds like a perfect summer.
Mr P , host of this meme, shares his six wonders and the comments section gives the links to other posts from around the world. Worth a look when it all gets too much in the sun!