I didn’t do a Six on Saturday yesterday because I was busy doing other stuff. Can’t quite recall what now, but I’m sure it must’ve been something productive!
Anyway, I thought I’d give you a quick update on garden matters. There’s quite a lot going wrong out there at the moment. My peas are growing through the netting over the raised bed because I haven’t got round to building the permanent frame over it yet, something is eating my strawberries despite having built the frame over that bed …
… the weeds are going crazy and a slug has snotted all over my gardening gloves!
However, we’ll ignore all that and focus on a few of the positive things happening out there.
My peas, despite growing through the netting, are flowering so I’m keeping everything crossed that we’ll soon have peas.
Not sure how I’ll detangle them from the netting to harvest them, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
I have some beautiful roses blooming.
The top two are on our bistro and were a fiver each last summer. The bottom one is Hot Chocolate and was a present from my Mum a few years ago. It needs a hard prune when it finishes flowering this year.
I picked up another Rose today on the sale table at our local garden centre.
We’ve got a couple of plants with bright yellow flowers and I noticed today how cheery they look, so when I saw this I had to have it.
I’ve also got this Rose which has slightly unusual flowers.
It was from the same garden centre a while ago, also half price. I must find somewhere to plant both of these.
Here’s one of those pops of yellow.
I don’t know what it is, it was here when we moved in.
My Foxglove which wasn’t a Foxglove and then was a Foxglove is looking magnificent.
It’s got some secondary shoots gearing up to bloom underneath this one.
I really hope the first fingerhuts stay until all of these ones are showing their colours too.
I planted our Hydrangea out last year after the heat had passed. My in laws gave it to us and we’d kept it in a pot for a couple of years but it didn’t bloom very well, hence the decision to plant it out. I did wonder whether the change of soil might change it from pink to blue, but as you can see, it’s starting to bloom pink again.
I’m slightly disappointed because I prefer blue. All is not in vain though, it’s grown loads since last year so it’s obviously happier out of its constraints.
I pruned our Pieris yesterday (when it was really too hot to be wielding a pair of secateurs!) There was a lot of dead wood in the middle and it was really huge so I was quite ruthless. I think it looks much better – wish I’d taken a before pic. It’s opened up some space that I’ll be able to fill with some of my plants in waiting and it also revealed a little Fern at the back doing rather well in the shade.
My Dicentra Bleeding Heart is flowering again when I thought it was done for the year.
Isn’t it pretty?
My Festuca now has four babies!
When the first one appeared I was intending to pot it on, but now there are four and they’re quite nicely spaced around their mother, I can’t decide whether to let them grow in where they are. I’ll have to ponder on it.
I planted up my Willow that was in my Gardeners’ World subscriber goodie bag at Gardeners’ World Live. Pretty huh? It won’t grow any taller but it should grow well at the top so I can style it a nice bouffant.
This was a bitty post with no real purpose! I just fancied sharing a bit of garden goodness with you. I’m off work tomorrow so no doubt I’ll be back out there pottering in my happy place.