We are well into our second heatwave experience of the summer with the drought continuing. For other parts of the world these summer temperatures are normal as is the lack of rain, but England is usually cooler and wetter. I can tell you that there is often a cool damp spell in the first week of August, but not this year. What is still surviving in the garden?
First photo is of a hot pink Gladioli, sister to the purple one included in last week’s post. However, it needs admiring quickly as the dry made it fade before it was fully out.
Next pink specimen is of this Echinacea Purpurea (cone flower), this was a brought on from a parent plant purchased last year and separated to be nurtured to full growth. The parent plant has yet to show signs of flowering while this one has several buds.
Third photo is of what I hope is evidence of leaf cutter bees. Some of my roses have had small circles and semi-circles cut from their leaves. I have been stalking the plants to spot the bees but haven’t seen any. I hope the holes are not from weevils instead!🤔
Fourth photo is of my King Edward potato harvest. I had just 10 potato seeds, these are the produce of 6 of them as the other 3 I planted in a felt grow bag and I harvested them earlier. Not a bad haul from a few plants. The dry was pulling the soil away from the tops and exposing the top ones to the light making them green.
Fifth photo is of my onions. I pulled these so that I didn’t have so much watering to do. There are a mix of sizes in white or red. They may have grown a bit larger if we had had a wetter season.
Last photo goes to the multi-headed hydra which is one of my sunflowers. It has now grown far above the fence. It has a huge stem which I prop up against the wind.
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