We have had a little rain, but if I had not wartered yesterday, I would have had to water today. In this gardener's parlance, sufficient to make it comfortable for the slugs and snails.
1. In view of the forecast for rain overnight, I decided it was time to harvest the garlic. It will be in, out, in out, with them dogging the rain, until they are cured, and can be stored away.
2. In its fourth year of flowering this Dianthus, which could be Dianthus Chinensis has been a great spot of red drawing the eye beyond the gravel garden.
3. Just pipping the marjorams this lovely variegated Eryngium Bourgatii: Mediterranean Sea Holly is also the first of the eryngiums to start the season. It is in the middle of picture here and works nicely with purple creeping thyme and Marjoram Kent beauty at its feet, and Geranium Elke elbowing through. Because the garden is small everything is tight packed, so much snipping goes on throughout the season.
4. At the end of this section a low growing plant: I call everything low growing an alpine, the AGS will probably bar me should they every read that comment. Stachys Ukkie has rose purple flower spikes and interesting textured leaves.
5. Our current lunch table pot is this little Rodohypoxis Pintado. I usually have a few pots on the blue table, which get moved off when the cloth goes on for lunch. Mr S put this one back on as he knew I loved looking at this one. From the first two commentators, I gather there is some interest in Rodohyposis. Here is a link to some useful cultural tips: https://www.rareplantfair.co.uk/news-and-articles/rhodohypoxis/ . Tale Valley Nurseries hold the National Collection.