It is nearly Midsummer and the garden should be at the peak of perfection… except it’s not.
In places it is lovely: the roses are blooming, our herbaceous border has a feeling of romantic abundance and some of the veg in our raised beds are almost ready to crop.
But this time of year is also merciless in showing up the flaws. In several areas we just don’t have enough plants and the chalky soil is looking dry, with weeds where there should be flowers.
I suppose this is the reality of gardening, but it is all too easy to suppose from Instagram that everyone else’s gardens are blooming perfect.
Hey ho, I will cheer myself up by joining in with The Propagator who each week invites us to show six things from our garden: it can be anything – successes, failures, plant life, wildlife – you name it.
1. The first sweet pea flower – Spencer’s Old Mixed since you asked.
2. Strawberry fountain – Littlest Weed helped me plant this simple arrangement of a pot within a pot last year and this year he is still enjoying the fruit.
3. Vanessa Bell rose – I planted this rose earlier this year and love her warm yellow flowers. The only problem is I planted her underneath an Escallonia which has grown quite bushy so she is stretching her neck out to the sun making her look a bit lopsided.
4. American Pillar rose – not ours I am borrowing this one from nextdoor but she is a stunner, also to be seen in the garden at Charleston.
5. Cornflowers from the cutting patch – it’s amazing how good these Centaurea cyanus grown from seed from Great Dixter look in a simple jam jar.
6. Potato flowers on the Arran Pilot earlies – these lovelies will soon be ready to dig up.
It’s all in the camera angle – I must remember that when drooling over other people’s pictures. Or maybe you do all have perfect gardens? Either way, don’t forget to drop in on The Prop and his followers.