It looks like last week’s prediction of beautiful weather after the summer solstice is coming good. Of course it will be extreme, that is only to be expected these days! Greenhouse windows wide open and pots regularly watered. Here’s hoping the garden stands up to the next onslaught. The pests are increasing their attacks – sawfly on the gooseberries, slightly less than last year, slugs and snails everywhere, box moth caterpillar munching the box and whitefly in the greenhouse. I am using encarsia wasps to combat them. But there is much to enjoy at this time of year.
This is a side view of the long border. It is now approaching its mad, chaotic crescendo. Geraniums, knautia, roses, penstemons, astrantia and salvias all pushing and shoving to make an appearance centre stage. I love this disorderly behaviour but every now and then creep in to put in a little essential staking.
The sun was shining the wrong way when I took this photo but I hope you can get the sense of the lovely combination of salvia nemorosa and astrantia major. They are are dream together.
This is penstemon ‘Firebird’. I like the penstemons for taking on the baton of flowering from the alliums.
In the greenhouse the first tomatoes have appeared. But pride of place goes to the lettuce. Growing lettuce outside has always been hit and miss for me so this year I tried a few in the greenhouse. I now have an awful lot of lettuce to eat, I am hoping the hot temperatures are not going to ruin it.
My salvia ‘Amistad’ did not survive the winter or so I thought. But just days after buying three new plants I spotted shoots on two of the old ones. I dug those up and moved them to a nursery bed where they are making slow but steady progress. I might have some flowers by August. In the meantime the new ones romped away and are looking dramatically sultry. As I planted the new ones I snapped a stem but encouraged by everyone’s advice that salvia ‘Amistad’ cuttings are easy peasy I planted it up. It took almost immediately so now I feel awash with these wonderful salvias.
This fuschia is another small success. It came with the garden and I spent the first few years saving it from the clutches of bindweed and couch grass. Once freed I gave it a judicious prune and this year it is flowering well and in much better shape. Its a var. unk. to me but maybe someone can identify it. I love the strong colours.
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