The solstice dawn was grey and wet and rather breezy too. But while the solar spectacle was disappointing, the garden is looking radiant.W
e had a wet winter and a cold spring. Although we’ve reached the longest day, summer has yet to beat down upon us. This time last year we were in the throws of a hot dry spell…
The garden is looking all the better for the rain we have had recently. I certainly haven’t had to do much watering for which I am grateful considering how much planting I have done this spring.
The new border round the new pond is looking lovely. I decided to go with hot colours. I started planting it up in the early spring when most of my herbaceous plants were still dormant so I had to try to visualise what it would all look like.
It’s not looking too bad. I have peppered it with annuals too fill the gaps and the Californian poppies and African marigolds are starting to flower. I have already been making notes about which plants to move so I think I will be busy in the autumn. I must remember to label everything clearly because I can never remember what was where once they finish flowering and start to die back.
Some of my other plants are becoming more established particularly the roses and peonies. I got a car load of horse manure from a neighbour and mulched them all and it seems to have paid off. I never really grew roses until we moved here. Now I must have nearly a dozen.
The vegetable garden is also really productive at the moment. Lots of salad which hasn’t bolted because it hasn’t been too hot.
The cabbage cage is up – this time over another two raised beds and the spring and summer cabbages are looking great. The peas aren’t in too much of a tangle yet although I had to re-net them because the pigeons settled on the top bar and started pecking them.
I may have to revisit pea supports again next year. What would Monty do…