A late six from me this Saturday as I spent this morning at the William Robinson Festival in the wonderful garden at Gravetye, but that is for another blog.
I am writing this at half-time (in the England vs Sweden World Cup football match for non-soccer fans living on the other side of the world – update: we won!) – trying to relieve the tension with a quick trot around the garden, which is starting to look rather sorry for itself in this heatwave. I am too hot to care, however, and there is still plenty to enjoy.
1. Rose arch – most of our roses have gone over in the heat but this hot pink rambler is bringing a touch of romance to the top of our terraced garden.
2. Grapevine – one plus side of the hot weather is that it is supposed to be a good summer for English vines. Ours is looking promising.
3. My mound of earth – when we had our lawn returfed earlier this year (oh fools that we are given the current drought) we cut costs by agreeing the guys who did it could leave the old lawn for us (me) to compost. I have been gradually redistributing it around the garden but the lack of rain means we now have some very lumpy looking flower beds as it has not broken down. This is the remaining earth which I need to redistribute before the weather breaks and it turns to mud, but it’s too hot a job for today.
4. Buddleia – is coming into flower. Not sure of the variety but it is a good doer.
5. Hydrangea – I bought this as an indoor hydrangea from Waitrose a couple of years ago and it is still growing happily outside on a shady step. I love blue hydrangeas which would never grow naturally on our chalky soil.
6. Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ – my new purchase today from the charity plant sale at Gravetye raising funds for the Chestnut Tree House Hospice. There is lots of this in the garden at Gravetye adding splashes of warm colour.
Yes! A second goal from Lingard. Am back watching the footie and getting grief from my family for blogging while doing so. As the commentator has just said ‘The temperature’s rising’.
When it’s all over don’t forget to check out our host The Propagator and all the SOS-ers around the world (some of whom are not too hot and don’t even care about today’s football result!)