Summer Flowers

Well, who’d have thought we’d go from cool and rainy to very hot and sunny from one week to the next. Of course, the answer is anybody used to English weather.

Rose L’Aimant in the rain.
Planted last autumn in a pot. Initially L’Aimant only produced three blooms, but more buds are forming following a mid-season feed.
Climbing rose ‘Breath of Life’. Planted last autumn against a south-facing fence.
Clematis ‘Margaret Hunt’ in a pot and doing well. Grown over three years from a small, £3 supermarket offering.

The roses, clematis and lilies have most definitely appreciated the moist soil followed by plenty of sunshine.

And, finally the pots planted up with summer bedding have eventually taken off and got into their stride.

This year’s summer bedding in containers.

Whilst writing this post I took a moment to review the progress over the last three years of getting my concrete backyard to look like a garden.

It has taken a fair amount of effort and time, but, at last, when I look out at the backyard I do feel as though I am looking at a garden. Unfortunately, the excess of rain at the wrong time facilitated a population explosion of slugs and snails. This has done entirely for the runner beans with every single one eaten to the ground and has also pretty much annihilated the sweet peas resulting in only one in five surviving to flower. However, there are plenty of plants that have not been eaten (yet) and the recent sunshine has boosted flower production enough for me to cut and have a scented arrangement for indoors.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

24 thoughts on “Summer Flowers”

    1. Thank you. Of course, in real life I don’t have my flower arrangements dramatically staged with a black background, more’s the pity. They just have to take their chances on the corner of the kitchen table.

    1. Thank you. It has been a battle this year with the slimy creatures. I need to entice a hedgehog to eat them. Haven’t seen a thrush in years. ☹️

    1. Thank you. Yes, I do try to take a moment to sit and enjoy, but usually as soon as I start looking around I notice something that needs attention. Next thing it’s dirty hands and a weeding session in full swing.

      1. I chuckled when I read that. We used to have a house with a huge garden, and we had no idea about gardening. But we slaved away every spare moment, with me dreaming of the day I would sit out there with a good book. Never happened.

      2. Ooooh. Let’s go visit one of those when I can come to England. And can we have tea and crumpets while we comment on how well the roses are looking at this time of the year?

      3. If you’re visiting your folk in Kent there’s a very famous garden with a team of gardeners I’d love to visit (on the bucket list as they say). Great Dixter is north-west of Rye and, if you’ve not visited it already, it is one of THE gardens of the UK.

      4. I haven’t been on any garden tours with my Kentish family. I must mention this to them next time we are together.
        Up north I have friends who volunteer(ed) at Sizergh Gardens in Cumbria. From memory they were very beautiful too.

      5. Oh, we have crumpets! But mostly for breakfast.
        Sometimes my brain toddles off without giving me the opportunity to keep up with it. My head was still full of the delicious scene where Gwendolen and Cecily are in the garden being served tea, cake and crumpet by the butler while sniping over which one is actually engaged to Earnest. It was the 1952 version. So delicious!

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