Last week I finally caved.
For the first time since being back from France I actually mowed the grass. Yes. Its true. Gone is the lush acreage of sweet bee-covered clover. Gone are the perky purple pulpits of betony. Luckily this was done the day before the skies opened for 48 hours …
… but a lull in the rain yesterday did allow me to go out and get some shots of droplets on flowers … like this Lavatera:
… and this Clematis:
… and some blue & purple Catananche:
In other news, the Buddleia davidii is flowering nciely …
As is the Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa)
And my new (well, several months ago) Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ is also flowering. (The ‘Tomato Soup’ was heavily slug-damaged, but is recovering nicely – just no buds as yet!)
As for my rescues … one of the Nicotiana plants has succumbed to whatever was crisping it up (possibly water/fertiliser scorching on the leaves from when it was in the garden centre) – but I have buds coming on the Osteospermum and the Rhodanthemum. I keep missing the orange gazania being out in flower, but the pink geranium its with looks fantastic.
That’s about it for now!