It is properly hot here today, predicted to reach 30C by the middle of the afternoon, although nowhere near the temperatures just across the Channel in France. With extreme weather on the rise, our gardens become more important than ever as an oasis of greenery and shade in a heatwave.
Our garden is looking rather overgrown at the moment. I have been so busy that I have not kept up with weeding and pruning, but now the warm weather is here, it is quite nice to have our own personal patch of jungle.
As ever, I am joining in with The Propagator who generously hosts this meme and invites us to show six things from our garden each Saturday.
- Shady spots
I ventured down to the end of the garden to find that our fig tree is swallowing up our ancient Ikea table and chairs, while crocosmia and geraniums are sprouting merrily from the cracks in the paving. It is not a tidy look, but it is rather lush and cool.
The swing and behind it our pirate ship play area is a nice spot for the kids to keep cool, although I need to tidy it up to make it a bit more appealing to them and maybe add some pirate bunting and outdoor bean bags. The grapevine also needs pruning back to two or three spurs.
2. Rambling rose
I pruned back this pink rambling rose over an arch really hard earlier in the year and have been rewarded by lots of sprays of rosebuds about to burst into flower.
3. Campanula lactiflora ‘Dixter Presence’
I am rather please with this pretty blue campanula which was one of Christopher Lloyd’s own selections, which I bought in the autumn from Marchants Hardy Plants near us in East Sussex.
Jasminum officinale is a complete thug in our garden and I am constantly having to cut it back. It has even climbed right to the top of our tall fig tree. But the payback comes at this time of year when the summer heat releases its gently exotic fragrance. The smell of summer indeed.
I bought a couple of purple scabious plants from the local garden centre a few weeks ago and they have been flowering their little socks off ever since.
6. Lavender, Campanula and Erigeron karvinskianus
At this time of year just getting to the front door can feel like hacking through the foliage, but it is worth it for this lovely summer display of lavender, purple campanula that grows like a weed in our garden and the pretty pink and white flowers of the Mexican fleabane.