It seems to be getting hotter and hotter here in Yorkshire, I’m not good in the heat so I either sit in the shade or find a cool room inside…and yes, my sewing room is pretty cool! The heat also means some plants are starting to struggle, I can’t remember the last time it rained properly so our clay soil is like concrete at the moment. I’ve three plants waiting to be planted but there isn’t even much point trying to dig a hole at the moment, I’ve already broken one spade this year!!
I’m watering all my new plants every few days, I don’t like watering too frequently, I’d rather give a good soaking and then leave them a bit. I think if you just sprinkle daily you encourage the roots to come to the surface. In fact usually I’ll water a plant when I plant it, maybe once more if it’s lucky, then it’s got to fend for itself, but this year is too dry and I’ve spent quite a lot buying them so I don’t want to lose them!
Most of the roses seem to be loving the sunshine. My favourite at the moment is up in the Amber & Amethyst garden. It’s called Lady Emma Hamilton, it’s a beautiful copper colour which ages with a pink blush. It’s got a gorgeous heady scent too, I love it!
The yellow rose is one you don’t see very often, it’s called the Buttercup rose, and you can see why, it has rich yellow petals which are very cupped, it’s an unusual shape, not very big, but I think it’s beautiful.
The white rose is Champagne Moments, we planted them when we got married, in fact we bought them instead of bouquets to those who played an important role at our wedding. I’ve also given them as presents. The only downside is that it doesn’t have much of a scent, but it flowers it’s socks off to compensate!
The arbour down by the patio is looking lovely at the moment with Generous Gardener flowering over it’s roof. It took a few years to persuade this rose which way to go, but it finally seems to have got the idea, though occasionally it tries to take a short cut through the trellis at the side!
I’ve had a good prune down the drive, cutting back spring flowering shrubs, there’s a few getting a bit big so I’m going to be pretty hard on them this year, they’re tough shrubs so they’ll bounce back! It’s hard to believe when you look at the photo that I filled two tonne bags with clippings!! Lots more to go!
I’ve been round with Pathclear this evening on the gravel, so hopefully we might see some success with the fight against the marestail!
The AA garden is starting to come together, it’s amazing how quickly a border can fill out. Most evenings at the moment we’re managing to spend a while just sitting chatting up there. I planned this area to catch the evening sun, so it’s nice we’re having the weather to enjoy it.