The wind changed direction on Monday and the air pressure dropped (my headache told me). I looked out for Mary Poppins, in case she decided to call. We had a tease of rain on Tuesday, I collected half a watering can full from the multiple pots and buckets left out. Wednesday was better with 29mm (just over an inch in old money!) of measurable rainfall. It’s better than no rain, but we could use some more.
So what is still flowering in the garden?
First photo goes to the lovely pompom dahlias, five of my plants have been in a shady border. A gamble back in Spring, but it worked out fine with the scorching heat which fried some of the others. They have attracted the black-fly and my ladybirds from a few weeks ago seem to have disappeared, so no useful munching of the black-fly.
Second photo is of the Morning Glory, grown from seed from a free packet on the front of a gardening magazine. Another plant also grew from the packet with a very similar leaf but it had multiple tiny white pink flowers and I wasn’t sure about it as it started to be a thug, so out it came in case it was a rampaging weed.
Third photo is of a bee on the rejuvenated Birdsfoot Trefoil. I thought the plant was over and had collected some of the seed pods, but after a little water it is flowering again. The seed pods are fun (you can just see two long brown ones on the right of the picture), when very dry they twist as they open with a loud crack and fling the seeds far and wide. I keep finding them all over my seed table.
The fourth photo is of the Salvia, this has regrown from last year’s plug plants. I have taken cuttings and placed them around my roses to help deter black-spot.
Fifth photo goes to the Weigela which is re-flowering after a late Spring prune. All my Weigela are offering new flowers which the bees are thrilled about.
Lastly a photo of some of my dwarf dahlias, these had an early show, then died back in the heat, but some regular watering has rescued them. They seem to prefer to be left alone and not dead-headed. Phew! I wasn’t sure that I could find six things for this week, so was pleased when the garden came through for me.
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- This weeks linky on The Prop’s blog.
- Sarah has a soggy six from her garden in South Australia.
- There’s a lovely pink Gladioli in Granny’s garden.
- Has Graeme got Olympic sprinting snails?
- See how much of Fred’s garden survived while he’s been away.
- Noelle has a pretty shooting star Allium in her garden.
- Kiwi And Thistles in New Zealand had heavy rain, flooding and landslides.
- Despite the lack of rain Chris has some wonderful red Hibiscus in Ontario.