And I do, I really love it, but for gardeners it means endless watering. It takes its toll on a girl.
Even though it is very hot, the Pianist is not being idle, as you can see, whilst Chloris wilts, he is on the mower. Mind you, as I keep telling him, he is lucky really; it is a nice, restful, sitting-down job.
Before I can sit down there are a few midsummer treasures to enjoy and share with you. The secret garden, which was last year’s project, is looking good now the roses and clematis have grown. Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’ has been flowering for several weeks on the arches.
The rose in the front is ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ which is a repeat flowering rose and a gorgeous colour.
The clematis have done really well and are covering the trellis.
I have already mentioned my passion for roses and although some have finished they have passed the baton to later flowering ones including these two lovely ramblers. ‘Francis E Lester’ is climbing up an old plum tree and ‘Blush Rambler’ is blushing as she is obliged to climb the frilly pink knicker cherry tree.
The next two are nameless as they were already here and looking very sickly and spindly. It is amazing what a bit of a prune and a good feed can do. The first one has the healthy, blueish leaves of Rosa alba. I think it could be Rosa alba ‘Celestial’ as it it has the most wonderful fragrance.
Round the garden there a lots of other flowers which are delighting me at the moment. Here are a few. I love campanulas and this double one is gorgeous.
I love santolinas too and this is a nice compact one.
Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’ looks edible with Bupleurum rotundifolius ‘Bronze’.
I love bronze flowers and behind this group I have the bronze foxglove, Digitalis parviflora.
And in pots there are some nice splashes of colour. The coleus is a nice bronzey colour and looks good with the acer.
I have lots of pots which I will show you another day but I will finish with the wonderfully fragrant Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness’. Next year I shall have this in pots everywhere and all my friends will get a pot too. It smells fantastic.
Note. For people new to my blog, the first picture isn’t actually me. It is my disreputable scarecrow who clearly lives a life of dissipation when I am not looking.