We got off to a very slow start this summer. Everything is late and here at the cottage there has been some replanting. The gardener has had to replant his runner bean seeds because first they didn’t germinate properly – owing to the cold Spring and then when they did, something ate them under the ground. Every morning we went out to look, but nothing! Finally we gave up and planted some new seeds. As I speak on 18th June the little plants are about 3 inches up.
My Morning Glory seeds germinated and then got water-logged and cold and died so I had to buy another packet of seeds and replant them. They have just germinated – watch this space.
However! despite all that the garden is a riot of colour as you can see here. Come take a look…
The poppies, daisies and acquilegias are all in full bloom.
Here and there some lichnis growing fast (that’s the grey foliage in the bottom left hand corner of next picture).
The bees are happy and that’s the main thing! Happy gardening peeps.
How have you found the weather has affected your garden (if you have one) so far this year?
During last week we have had far too much rain in the cottage garden. The climbing roses have been doing their best to hang on, but today I cut them back. With luck and if the weather is kind, we may see another flush in August.
The geraniums (pelargoniums) have also taken a battering but now, at last, I see some flowers.
The vegetables have suffered even more. The next picture shows the runner beans this time last year. Notice there are lots of flowers!
Now compare this year’s photograph… too much rain, not enough flying insects to pollinate the flowers. Flowers? What flowers. We are still waiting.
Ivy on the balcony.
Feverfew is abundant just now. It has a lovely, musty smell.
The daisies are hardy and seem to take whatever comes. This year because of the wet conditions, they have grown very leggy.