The 7 Day summer
Blink and you missed it, well almost.
Summer arrived Mid Month, temperatures here reached 32℃ for most of the week, hot sticky nights which made sleeping difficult, very hot uncomfortable days which had me running for the cooler conditions of the shade.
Luckily I had already booked the hottest week of the year off from work in order to have a rest and a chill out, unluckily I came down with a dizziness bug at exactly the same time.
In the Garden it’s all about the beginning of the harvest from some of my crops….
As usual at this time of year I’ve become a slave to the watering of my tubs, pots and baskets.
I don’t mind really, not when I’m starting to pick so many crops.
The first of my Sunflowers started to bloom, I think so far I’ve lost 50% of my plants to slugs.
My Annual flowers are really getting into their stride now adding bursts of colour throughout the borders.
I’m really pleased with how some of my summer perennials are performing….
A fast favourite so far is my Sanguisorba lilac squirrel.
The plant is growing quite big and I may have to edit some surrounding plantings to allow it to reach its full potential.
Based on my photographs taken at this time last year, many of my plants are behind in their development, my Crocosmia for example is currently still in bud, when it was in full flower this time last year….
I only appear to be able to grow the standard purple Echinacea, which is a shame for me as there are loads of more colourful ones around which I’m quite partial to….
At least the Bees are happy.
The hot weather has started to ripen up some seed which I’ve collected, all being well I will have a few species to send on to the Hardy Plant Society Seed list this Autumn.
I knew those plastic takeaway tubs would come in handy.
My little veg patch has been very productive so far, Onions, lettuce, Radish, Peas, and all manner of other edibles have been harvested.
I’m in the process of growing on some winter veg for the colder months and will be planting them soon.
I’ve got high hopes for my Courgettes, I have really gotten into Courgettes, I like Courgettes…
Unfortunately, I’ve discovered I’m not the only one.
Many thanks to Helen as always for hosting this Meme…