Hello! A quick look around the garden today as all my pages are due to be published – the 6, the monthly garden catch up, and the Core Edge Journal. Phew! Do check them all out from the menu across the top of this page.
I had a wander round the garden early this morning because we’re expecting temperatures up to 28C today, so I will mostly be hunkered down inside, trying to keep as cool as possible. First off is this lovely crimson rose. I don’t know its name but it repeat flowers through the mid to late summer. For some reason the people who lived here before us planted it in a raised bed that sits cleverly half way down the driveway, making getting two cars on the drive an interesting squeezing experience. The bed will go when we have the drive relaid, but the rose will stay.
Next is this lonely little petunia in the (gone-to-seed) lettuce bed. Probably planted by a sparrow, it’s a pleasant shade of red, and relieves the unremitting green in the veg bed, along with this flowered radish. French Breakfast, I think.
Third is a ‘proper’ flower. This came up from a seed mix of supposedly meadow plants that I scattered in a big shallow container. It’s very pretty, but I think a flowering annual rather than a meadow flower. There is a deeper red one too. If I knew what they were (anybody?) I’d look for some more seed for next year.
Fourth is, or was, a patch of bare soil that we turned over a while ago. As soon as there is a patch of bare soil it is immediately colonised by these wild strawberries. I would like to say I don’t mind because of the fruit, but they’re tiny and sparse. Although very tasty.
I know I’ve posted this before but it’s so bright and cheerful I thought you might like to see it again. A lovely vibrant cerise cistus, and a little hoverfly! I’ve never noticed that white pistil in the middle of the stamens before, it’s amazing how a photograph encourages closer ‘looking’.
And finally, another view. This time from the side garden over to Trow Hill in the morning haze. I bloody love living here.
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