End of Month – June 2015

Phew, it’s hot. Far too hot. I spent the morning in a nice air con office and my mind played tricks on me and I believed it wasn’t too hot outside… I was wrong; my car was very helpful and informed me it was 33C. I left at 1 as our office closes then and I had the brilliant idea that I didn’t want to remain in the office for the afternoon. Now I’m regretting that and almost wish I had stayed at work.

The forecast thunder shower arrived, rumbled a little, rained for 2 minutes and we’re back to baking hot sun. No discernable drop in temperature at all.

I think I need to tidy some of the garden i.e. the forget-me-not and Alliums. And fill the newly bare spaces with some of the plants I’ve grown. I had bought some Cosmos, but two of them have suddenly died?? I don’t understand. I almost think it was the heat, but we’ve had heat like this before and never a problem.

Now the Oriental Poppy has gone over there’s some tidying needed in the front garden, thankfully though not much and should only take a few minutes.

The right border is still going strong, this also needs some tidying toward the ‘bottom’ of the border and now the Alliums have gone there are gaps opening up and I plan to add some Tahonia, Zinnia and Salvias I’ve grown from seed.

As I mentioned in the vase on a Monday post, the white Lupin has been even more amazing this year. I’ve already had around 8/9 blooms in vases indoors and look how many blooms there still are on the plant. In awe.

It’s still early for the Aster border, which only really comes to life in mid-late summer. However hidden behind there are poppies and some salvia. The Sanguisorba is now in flower too, and yet again flopping across the path and hiding the colour behind it. I plan to add some California poppy seedlings in there some time once it cools down and rain is forecast.

Astrantia on the tier is also having a very good year; I’ll have to make sure I cut it back hard this year as my usual removal of the bloom stems hasn’t worked previously. So hopefully I’ll have more flowers later in the year.

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9 thoughts on “End of Month – June 2015

  1. Your white Lupins look great … and the garden seems to be surviving this present heat we are experiencing in the UK.

    I’m hoping it cools down a little very soon !

    Hope the rest of your week goes well.

    All the best Jan

    • Hi Jan,

      Well the heat has gone thankfully… Just wish it was a little warmer as it’s dipped a little too much. And of course with the storms we’ve had I’ve had to be on slug/snail patrol as they’re slowly chomping their way through the Lupin. No major deal as I’ve chopped off most of the blooms now to promote blooming later in the year – that’s if it survives being eaten!

  2. Your garden is looking a lot better than mine, we certainly need rain down here, hopefully we will get some today. I can’t cope with this heat, how are they managing to play tennis at Wimbledon! Your lupin is fantastic, so many spikes, it’s wonderful.

    • Hi Pauline,

      The rain barely even wet the grass, however we did have some last night – Thursday – and I had to be on slug patrol as the huge ones were out en masse to eat my Lupins – no real problem as the blooms are practically finished anyway. I just don’t want to end up with a mass of Lupin skeletons.

  3. Yup, that lupine is a happy plant this year! It looks great with TT geum all around. Is that a shot of Roma astrantia toward the end? I found it offered in a catalog and planted it last spring. It finally flowered this spring and is really pretty – definitely a keeper. I’m editing things now and my Abbey Road astrantia might be given away, as it just doesn’t have a good presence, though maybe it just needs more water and afternoon shade?! Ah well, thanks for gushing about Roma as I’m glad to have it in my garden.

    • Hi VW,

      Yes I believe the Astrantia is Roma – had it so long now I’ve almost forgotten but since you named it it did ring a bell. It doesn’t self seed – although I’d quite like it to! I’ve had other pink ones that haven’t done well and given them to my parents. I’ve also a few whites that actually I feel are more green and don’t ‘pop’ in their shady spot so I feel they’re not worthwhile really. I think they’re called something like snowstar.

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