It was too hot to do much in the garden this week apart from sit in the shade watching the plants frazzle and watering where I could in the evening. Now it has cooled down I will survey the damage – lots of things have gone over prematurely.
The sweet peas seemed to like the sun though, flowering this week just in time for our wedding anniversary. 13 years ago my mum grew dozens of sweet peas for the tables at our wedding.
Six things from your garden this week. Them’s the rules. I’m looking forward to seeing how The Propagator and his followers around the world have fared this week – whether it is high summer or midwinter where they are.
1. Sweet Peas
I can’t remember what varieties of sweet pea I sowed. I think there was one called Darcey Bussell and maybe another called Chelsea. Anyway they seem to have come up in red white and blue.
It’s the name of my blog and fittingly we have lots of self sown calendula this year. I did sow some seed but not where the flowers have come up!
Another self-sower, this came up in the same crack in the path last year. It is clearly happy there.
4. Watermelon and marigolds
The little watermelon plant I bought from a table stall round the corner is thriving. It seems to like being with the marigolds which provide some protection from wind and slugs.
5. Ants and aphids
Speaking of pests our broad beans have the inevitable black aphids. The beans are ready so I will pick them today. The ants are enjoying the aphids which release a sweet honeydew.
This perovskia pushes through our daphne every year and this year is taller than ever and looks rather beautiful against this stormy sky. Ignore the bindweed climbing up it.