Eh June already? Blimey it’s a quick year. Seems like yesterday that we had snow on the ground and the beast from the east paid a visit. Is it just me or does it seem that most of the weather is coming from the continent this year. Bloody European weather coming across her bringing it’s thunderstorms.
We are still going through a mini drought up here and rain is scarce. Water the garden last night and I might have to increase the nights I water. Luckily we have the biggest purpose made reservoir in Europe in Northumberland, Kielder Water. Apparently there is enough water in there for most of the North. So if we really run out of water up here then there is something seriously wrong with the world.
It’s been a good week in the garden. I have managed to do a couple of hours a night. The garden is starting to take shape and I am pleased to say that the shed move went a head last Saturday so later on in rev year I will have 2 new beds to plant up. I have written a blog about the shed move here Shed Move and it stars my Nephew, Tom – with the 80’s hair cut. He looks like a member of Flock of Seagull
1. Clematis Josephine
I bought this Clematis last autumn and I thought the Beast from the East had killed it but so am pleased to say it is still with us. It is growing vigorously but I only have 3 buds at the moment. I think I have it in to much sun. I have put a deep mulch around the roots to protect them. The flowers them-self I am sure you will agree are spectacular. A purple double flower with a woolly Pom Pom in the centre that looks like it has come off a lambs tail. Very happy with this plant. Fingers crossed there will be more flowers this year.
2. Lewisia and Aubretia
These 2 plants are adding colour by the bucket loads in the garden. I planted these by chance next to each other but I am sure you agree that colour combination is looking wonderful.
3. Perennial seedlings
It’s my first year growing perennials from seed and they seem to be coming along ok for my first attempt. I have speed Cupid’s Dart, Globe Thistle Blue, Foxglove Summer Breeze and Viola Bunny Ears. The problem I have however is that I am to impatient and it is going to be a struggle having to wait until next year until they flower. I am sure it will be worth it however.
4. Pink Thrift (Armeria Martina)
This plant is a bit of an Enigma. In the winter it looks horrid. It is just a mound of unsightly clumps of leaves but it redeems it self with vengeance at this time of year with a dazzling display of pink flower on short stems.
5. Shop bought Dahlia
The Dahlias I have planted are coming along nicely and I am expecting another 5 plants by mail soon but I couldn’t wait so I had buy this one when I saw it. Dahlia’s are a staple of the summer garden. The flower come in all shapes and sizes and add depth and vibrancy to any garden. This one is Happy Days.
6. Phlox Home Fires
Quite a unusual combination of flowers on this Phlox. Is this normal? Will the top one in the left split in time. Answers on a postcard please.
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Well that’s my SOS hope you have enjoyed reading. Off out now to to do a rain dance..