It’s been a hot sunny day here in Yorkshire with clear blue skies. I spent a bit of time pottering in the garden, trying to keep in the shade to keep cool! This is my view from the shade of the arbour, my favourite spot for a morning cup of coffee.
My main problem at the moment is watering all the plants I’ve planted over the last couple of weeks; there’s rather a lot of them! Usually I’m pretty tough with plants, they get watered for the first couple of days and then they have to fend for themselves, but having spent rather a lot of money recently and with it being so dry, I’m pampering this lot! We had a little rain over night on Saturday which did help, but otherwise it’s a watering can job! Our hosepipe has that many holes in it really isn’t worth trying – we really need to buy a decent one!
I’ve cleared and rotavated the border by the big fence this week, the rain helped enormously here, one day the soil was like concrete, the next day after a night of gentle rain (perfect!!) it was much easier to work. I’ve planted four different clematis along the fence and a pink rhodedendron too. I still want a colomnular cherry tree and a climbing rose to help cover the fence but that will have to wait until next pay day!! The cotinus coggyrhia which is just in front of the fence is coming into leaf. It looks stunning with the sun behind it. I’ve got one of these in the front garden too. I’ve also got a lime green version in the front which I love, so much so that I’ve planted another in my Autumn border.
The hostas by the pond have really shot up this week, in the past these have stayed pretty much undamaged by slugs which I’m hoping is down to toads and frogs in the pond, rather than the chickens roaming over winter. We haven’t got the chucks any more so time will tell!
The trees have really greened up this week and bluebells are out on the back lane. I never realised how strong their scent is until we started doing long distance walks, we usually walk at this time of year and the scent as you walk through a bluebell wood is amazing.
I’m gradually starting to weed the rose border, I was planning to leave it for a big overhaul next year, but I can’t look at those weeds all that time! I’ll take out what I can and then get the weed killer out for the more persistant ones.
Our new Amber & Amethyst garden is proving a success, I planned a seating area up there as I noticed that is where the evening sun went, it’s lovely sitting up there with a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio!