It’s been fairly overcast most of the week and we’ve had a good deal of rain. We’re a week into July, the water butts are all full to overflowing and I’ve actually turned the automatic watering systems off as the pots are all so wet. It’s certainly a strange year.
- The patio pots are filling out despite the weather.
- The herbaceous border is filling out, despite the slugs and snails best efforts. There have been a few losses after the wet winter and spring that will need addressing in the autumn. I would usually fill such spaces with annuals but between the weather and the pests I haven’t been left with anywhere as many as I was hoping to have. On the plus side, there are some pleasing combinations.
- A bit further round is Anthemis tinctoria ‘E. C. Buxton’
- The Penstemons have finally kicked in. They didn’t do very well last year so I took loads of cuttings to overwinter and it seems to have paid off.
- I planted Allium ‘Sphaerocephalon’ last year and didn’t see a single flower but this year –
- The rain has suited the Clematis and they are all much taller and leafier than the previous few years. It might be my imagination but the flowers seem paler. Maybe the lack of heat and sunshine?
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