Crazy Weather - Where's the Summer?
The wind is screaming outside and the rain is pouring – sideways – due to the gale blowing! I did manage to prune my two Weigelas this morning in beween showers, but Henry and I got very wet on our walk and it’s more like autumn out there now. So where’s the summer? I shall try to cheer myself up and show you some photos to prove that the summer flowers are there as usual – even if some of them are propped up or lying flat at the moment. My pots and tubs are in full bloom. Here’s one. I hope that it meets Andrew’s colour criteria!
The Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ which has given me lots of lovely dark leaves as a contrast to other flowers until now has begun to show its yellow flowers. I really prefer the foliage without the flowers, to tell the truth!
The Honeysuckles are in full bloom and although I can’t go and sniff them at this moment, I know that they do have a wonderful fragrance – unique to them.
Unfortunately, the beautiful Rose on the arch over the steps into the garden is not fragrant, but she is still beautiful and I admire her every day. Her name is ‘Ballerina’
Across the lawn from our Garden Room is my wide border – it is just beginning to bloom with red, orange and yellow tones – plus a few white plants for contrast and to ‘cool’ it down. There’s a creamy yellow Anthemis there, in full bloom, called ‘Sauce Hollandaise’.
So the summer flowers are out and I suppose they are being watered (as well as battered!) They haven’t been too put off by this CRAZY weather, anyway. However, I am not too sure why my winter-flowering Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ has decided to flower now – in July – it has an open flower and twelve buds!
I really hope that this is not a portent – does this Clematis know something that we don’t???
- 5 Jul, 2008
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