I never thought I would be so glad to hear the sound of rain drumming down as I was yesterday afternoon, followed by the almost forgotten smell of damp earth. The garden is still looking parched but now I know it has had a good drink and some replenishment.
I have been suffering from garden ennui during the hot weather and even today I can’t bring myself to do much more than wander around listlessly taking a few snapshots to join in with The Propagator’s weekly invitation to show six things happening in our gardens right now.
1. Cosse violette
First up are my purple French beans climbing obligingly up my sole sweet corn. I tried growing these last year and they were demolished by slugs – no chance of that in the drought conditions we’ve been having. The Three Sisters method of growing beans, corn and squash together is working a treat.
2. Blue hibiscus
I can’t tell you how grateful I’ve been for these beautiful blue flowers when most of the garden has burnt to a crisp. Tony Tomeo has reliably informed me these are Hibiscus syriacus – an Asian variety.
3. Lady of Shallott
I have featured this David Austin rose a few times in my Sixes, but she is the gift that keeps on giving and I can not recommend her highly enough if you are looking to plant a new rose this winter. I have placed her in a sunny spot in the border without much competition – just some Geums ‘Totally Tangerine’ to complement her orange complexion.
4. Parched lawn
So it turns out this was not the best year to returf our lawn. It has turned to straw with just enough green patches to satisfy Gracie the guinea pig.
5. First damson
Can you spot it up there – the damsons are ready (a bit early surely?) but I have no way of getting to them dammit other than waiting until they fall onto the straw lawn.
6. Another mystery
So now it is time for my weekly ident request – can anyone tell me the name of this peculiar plant?
I will be taking a break from blogging in August on the orders of my 10-year-old who has banned it from our family holiday but will be back in September. Who knows what will happen with this crazy weather between now and then. Have a great summer fellow green-fingered folks!