It’s been very wet this past week with Storm Miguel yesterday that brought heavy rain all day. The garden didn’t suffer as much as I did as a teacher left indoors with 5 year olds all day! The garden needed the rain but I’m now hoping for a little more sunshine so that I can get out into the garden later today.
Six on Saturday is a lovely meme to join in with where you can showcase six things in your garden on a Saturday. It can be anything as long as it’s in your garden! It a great community of fellow gardeners and I have learnt a lot from joining in and reading other posts.
As I mentioned in a previous post, only one lupin survived last years hot summer so I have planted four new lupins fro my cottage border. They are just coming into flower now and look glorious! The white lupins have grown very tall and like the way they glow in the border. In fact, I’ve grown quite fond of white flowers since visiting the white garden at Sissinghurst Castle garden!
As well as cosmos and zinnia, I also grew Nicotiana from seed this year. These annuals are great for filling border gaps. They also smell incredible, especially at night. I grew white and lime green ones and they are just coming into flower now.
3. Strawberry Patch
You may remember that this raised bed was going to be for cut flowers but we changed our minds! The wigwams of sweet peas are doing well here and I do have some gladioli growing here but we decided we wanted a strawberry patch. Next year, we shall give this area totally over to fruits. The strawberries are growing well here although they need some sunshine now to ripen the fruit. I’ve netted this area to protect the fruit from the birds. I’ve also added a new mulch I’ve fallen in move with called Strulch. I found it at the garden centre and it is brilliant! It’s an organic straw based mulch that also deters slugs and snails. I’ve used it around my cosmos and Dahlias and it works!
4. Automatic Watering system
I was sent this to try by the amazing people at Irrigatia . I’m really excited to try it. It attaches to your water butt and has a solar panel they you attach to your fence. It will then water your garden when it is needed! How cool is that!? I will let you know how it gets in when we actually get some sunshine!!
5. David Austin ‘A Shropshire Lad’
My favourite rose that is flowering at the moment is ‘A Shropshire Lad.’ It’s a lovely peachy pink colour with large rosettes and dark green leaves. It makes a great cut flower for a vase or just a lovely bloom to enjoy in the garden. Stunning.
6. Pink striped rose
I have these very fragrant striped pink roses that are in my front garden. I think they are called Bright Ideas or Horcoffdrop. They are coming up all over a border that I have not touched since we moved in as we were planning on taking many of these plants out! I love this rose so I may have to think again! It has a lovely scent and is a great flower for a vase.
There are my Six for this Saturday! I’m planning on getting out in the garden later. What are your plans?
You may like to read how our renovations are coming along or read about some glorious gardens to visit in June;
And we have a roof! The Old House Renovations.
Sissinghurst Castle garden for the Irises.
Tyntesfield on a beautiful June Day.
Great Chalfield Manor Gardens in the heat of June.
Mottisfont Roses in June
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.