I have to confess I have not got much gardening done this week. Instead I have been cowering indoors, considering putting the heating on. The weeds are growing apace and the slugs and snails have devoured the Tagetes seedlings I lovingly planted out last week. I am hoping for some warm sunshine this weekend to put things to rights.
The sun is shining this morning and I have just been out with my phone camera to see what is going on, joining in with our beneficent host The Propagator, who invites us each week to share six things from our garden, it can be anything. Do check out his meme and the blogs linked to in the comments, and even better, join in.
- Clematis ‘Tesco’
I can’t remember the name of this clematis, but it came from Tesco, so that’s what I shall call it. It seems to have rather enjoyed the rain this week and has flowered for the first time this summer. Did I hear somewhere that clematis like to have wet feet? Perhaps that is why it is so happy.
2. Philadelphus #1
We inherited two Philadelphus or Mock Oranges in our garden and they are one of my very favourite shrubs, with their wonderfully sweet and heady fragrance. This is in amongst the branches of the first, with the early morning sun filtering through. I have also tried taking a photo from further back, but it doesn’t quite capture its beauty. The best view is from my younger daughter’s bedroom window, but she is still asleep.
3. Philadephus #2
Our second Mock Orange provides a divine scent while I am hanging the washing up on the line just visible. In winter, its flame-coloured branches form a heart shape, although this year it has grown a bit unwieldy and is probably in need of a good prune after flowering. A close-up shows just how different the flowers are to our first Philadelphus.
4. Rosa Tess of the d’Urbevilles
This sumptuous crimson velvet rose growing by our front steps is a climber and is still waiting for a support (we are planning to build a hand-rail here). In the meantime, I am propping her up using the white valerian (Centranthus ruber Albus) behind.
5. Sweet peas
I have lost my twine and these sweet peas are definitely in need of tying up. A job for the weekend once I have bought a new roll.
Salad for tea tonight I think, and time to sow the next batch!