Hopefully that warmer drier weather is really on the horizon. On the odd day this week when the sun has been bright some plants have wilted under the unaccustomed draw of their water reserves. Does this indicate too much top growth and insufficient root? The ground is wet enough after all the rains. Maybe one of the visitors to this post will leave an explanation.
1. The wonderful looking young cucumber plants that I had been nurturing in the conservatory, were put out in a large pot in the garden about three weeks ago when I thought the threat of frosts were over, but given the rain, strong winds and very low light, they have decided to pop their clogs. There was just too much wet soil around their roots. A lesson to me for next year to only pot up to the next sized container and keep the plants in the conservatory. A couple of weeks ago I planted a couple more seeds just as an insurance. I have yet to sow the runner beans, as I was waiting for the possible repeat of the perennial growth from the roots left in, but they have probably rotted away. Time to sow fresh seed this coming week.
2. I've noticed that some of the eryngiums are beginning to 'move'.
Eryngium bourgatii 's prettily variegated leaves cradle the rain drops, or else they are held at the tips of the leaves. I have it growing in the area where the oreganos will be flowering in a few weeks time.
3. The Hardy Geraniums are also starting to make their presence known, growing and hiding the dying leaves of bulbs.
G. maculatum 'Beth Chatto' in a slightly shaded spot is looking pale and interesting above perfect leaves. The slugs and snails are avoiding this one.
4. I have two plants of Ragged Robin: the colloquial name for Silene flos-cuculi. I grew it from seed which came with a gardening magazine, and it looks quite at home in the garden. I love to spot this plant when we go for walks and now I need not go far. The rain has quite suited it.
5. Achillea × lewisii 'King Edward' over on the other side of the garden in the gravel garden is leaves a pool of sophisticated pale yellow which glowed under that large full moon earlier in the week.
6. The pale creamy yellow is just the right tone to lead the eye to Erodium Fran's Delight. I don't think any other plant in the garden can beat the long flowering of this little gem. Even with heavy rain she is undaunted, so wait till the sun comes out! Dead heading obviously helps....
The Prop is home and posting and recovering from his very long run. Angel Wings not his, feature this week as week as a few others from his garden. I'm joining him, and will also be able to read others contributions from there,