It has rained almost continually here in Wiltshire for the entire week. It reminded me of a summer about ten years ago when I took my children to the cinema in Swindon and when we returned to the car, the whole town was flooded! It was the year we sang…..Under my umbrella…Ella…Ella… I do hope the summer is not the same as that year and we see sunshine soon.
The garden doesn’t seemed to have suffered too badly with all the rain. In fact, many plants are thriving and growing like crazy. Some plants are hanging on from flowering though, putting their energies into growing instead. Any already flowering look very bedraggled and the peonies have surrendered and cascaded their petals all over the grass.
What is Six on Saturday?
If you’d like to join in with this meme, then head over to The Propagator Blog to find out more. This is a great community of gardeners all sharing six things in their garden. It’s a way to see what other gardeners are growing or just to have a nose at what other gardeners enjoy in their gardens! I have learnt so much for seeing what other gardeners are growing.
We had to move a Wisteria due to our build and I just didn’t think this plant would survive. Lots of other gardeners on here didn’t think it would either. Just look! It’s doing really well and has loved all this rain. I’m pleased as it was a beautiful plant to have in the garden. I hope it will flower next year.
3. The Wildlife Pond
The wildlife pond has grown like crazy! We only Created this pond in March 2018 so it just goes to show what can be done in a short space of time. The frogs eat the slugs and we have dragonflies and damselflies in the summer. I watched as six bats swooped on insects last night (in the rain!) and the pond is full of tadpoles and other pond creatures. If you have been watching SpringWatch you will know that adding a pond is so valuable to any garden for encouraging wildlife. As part of the programme, you can add the wildlife you have seen in your garden to the Gardenwatch page.
4. Mullein Moth Caterpillar
I have left the verbascums to their fate now that they have flowered! They were covered in caterpillars and I did remove most of them to allow us to enjoy the flowers. Now the flowers have finished flowering, I’m allowing the caterpillars to enjoy them. I think the caterpillars are beautiful.
5. Self seeded foxgloves
This is our fourth year living at the Old House and I’m pleased to see that we have self seeded foxgloves in the garden. I’m hoping that they will continue to self seed in this area near the fence!
This Zinnia has popped up in the garden. I scattered wildflower seeds a few years ago and I occasionally get a random flower pop up. I love the bright, orange colour.
That’s it folks! I’m looking forward to reading your posts.
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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.