Aargh! It has happened. As is usual at this time of the year nature has got the better me. Lilly beetles have been sneaking around doing their thing as evidenced by the grubs that are hatching. Black fly are colonising the clematis and little black beetles are feasting through the dahlias and sweet peas. The water butts would be empty again, if I had managed to keep on top of the watering. There is a serious amount of deadheading to be done. The only option is to sit back and enjoy the chaos that is the garden.
Some might say that I have literally lost the veg plot to the self seeded calendulas and I might agree with them. In amongst all that orange there are dwarf french beans, potatoes, onions and last time I looked carrots and parsnips. I have persuaded myself that at least the black fly are being kept away. The lettuce has bolted, the rocket went to seed long ago but on the upside the first of the beans are ready for picking, new potatoes have been dug and gooseberries picked. I will have to take those calendulas in hand though.
Over in the flower garden there is a mad abundance of plants all crying out for a good soak. I will get round to them all eventually. This is penstemon ‘Apple Blossom’ grown from a cutting taken a year or so ago. It seems to me that penstemons are very generous in taking from cuttings, which is encouraging for a novice in this area.
Some of the roses are in that post June lull but ‘Natasha Richardson’ seems to flower non-stop through the summer. Of course I have dead heading to do and I think it is time to give all the roses a second feed.
The clematis is now in full flow and as I mentioned some stems have been colonised by black fly. There seems to be an excess of aphids this year. The ants are doing their best but the soapy water spray may have to be put into action soon.
This is scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Cat’. Grown as a hardy annual from seed. It overwintered and is flowering with avengeance this year. More deadheading but also more flowers for the house. A winner.
I also sowed seeds of foxglove lutea two years ago. I had good germination and gave some away to friends. Yesterday one of the beneficiaries of my benevolence came to visit and showed me this photo of these perennial foxgloves in their second year. I was gutted! I had pulled all mine up as the delicate flowers didn’t seem so wonderful last year. I can see now that leaving them to establish would have been thing to do. Live and learn, live and learn. She is now going to share some back to me.
For more sharing of good things in the garden take a trip over to The Propagator’s blog. Summer fecundity everywhere!