Walking in the Lake District fells last week with Mr Carrot and the Little Weeds we heard the song of the cuckoo echoing across Eskdale.
Summer has definitely arrived in the garden; spring flowers are well and truly over: the allium flowers are drying out, but I will save them for their sculptural seedheads; my one iris flower has been and gone – must do better next year; and the pansies I planted in the crumbling urn have shrunk away in the hotter weather.
Every Saturday The Propagator invites fellow garden bloggers to show six things that are happening in their garden. This week I have chosen six signs of summer.
One of my very favourite plants at this time of year is the mock orange or Philadelphus. I am not sure of the variety of this small tree in our garden but it has stunning cascades of pure white flowers and a heady perfume.
I have been waiting a while for the three buds on our peony to open so that I could include them in my Six. Of course, the first two went over while we were away last week, leaving just this rather gorgeous pink flower, again variety unknown. The lime green foliage in the background is our Fatsia japonica.
3. Rosa ‘Tess of the d’Urbevilles’I planted this David Austin beauty by our front door last year and this year she has doubled in size with crimson flowers as seductive as her fictional namesake.
4. First radish crop
This is the first year I have grown radishes in one of our new raised beds. These are ‘French Breakfast’ and as promised they were very easy to grow, but I made the mistake of not thinning them out enough, so many have not rounded out. There are just enough for a nice little addition to our breakfast.
In this bed alongside the new Lady Hillingdon climber rose I was planning to try the ‘Three Sisters’ method of growing corn, beans and squash together. However, only one of the sweetcorn plants survived. She is thriving and rather belatedly I have just sown the seeds of purple ‘Cosse Violette’ beans and a couple of squash varieties next to her.
6. The cutting patch
In my one metre by one metre cutting patch alongside the permanent Gertrude Jekyll rose I am growing sweet peas, cornflower and ladybird poppies. As you can see I did not thin out the cornflower, which has formed a trailing mass. I have just tied up the sweet peas so am hoping for flowers soon.
That’s my six for this week. To see what other SOS-ers are up to, visit The Propagator’s blog and scroll through the comments.