I wonder how other SOS-ers in Europe are coping with the current dry weather? Two water authorities in the UK have now declared a hosepipe ban. If Southern Water follows suit I don’t hold out much hope for our new lawn. I am beginning to think that I will have to choose only drought tolerant plants for the garden in future.
Mustn’t grumble though, as we Brits like to say, at least it is sunny. And so with no further ado here are my six joining in with our formidable host The Propagator (not least because of all the posts he manages to read and comment on each week!)
- Our lawn…
… returfed in the Spring is now looking very frayed around the edges, despite almost daily watering. I just can’t compete with the hot dry sun. Am praying it will revive in the autumn.
2. Something strange in the apple tree…
…can anyone help me to identify this mystery blight which is making some of the leaves on our apple tree wither and curl, while the apples themselves are looking a bit bobbly? Do I need to cut off all of the affected parts?
3. Lady of Shallott
I am delighted by my new David Austin rose and just love her pinky orange hues.
4. The Sergeant Majus: Ammi majus and Tropaeolum majus
I grew these Ammi majus from seed from Great Dixter and I am rather pleased with them although they are in need of staking. The nasturtiums, or Tropaeolum majus are self-seeded from nasturtiums grown in the same spot last year from one seedling, planted by my Little Weeds at Brownies, then left abandoned in the bottom of the car upside down in a bag of compost until I rescued it.
5. Front garden raised beds
The front garden raised beds are not suffering too much in this dry weather, despite being south facing. I give each bed a watering can full of water every evening and that seems to do the trick. The cutting patch is glorious, the Three Sisters bed with sweetcorn, beans and squash is taking off and I have plenty of calendula in honour of my blog – there are carrots there too, but they have been buried beneath the new potatoes!
6. Where is this garden?
I was rather taken by this glimpse of a slightly overgrown garden on a steep slope from our family day out yesterday. Where do you think it was? The answer is Windsor Castle. I was interested to see the grass on the slopes is left uncut, although there is a perfectly manicured garden where the moat would have been. As we left we could hear strains of classical music floating out from this garden where a private function for a local charity was taking place.
Now, I hope you will join me in heading over to The Propagator’s blog to see how other gardeners are faring on this last Saturday in June.