Today wall to wall sunshine means yet again makes me do the round of watering plants in tubs and pots. Luckily I have some Mediterranean plants in the garden that continue to thrive and there are so many honey bees, bumble bees etc visiting the garden to feed on the nectar of the marjorams, oreganos, and eryngiums.
1. We did have a shower of rain on Wednesday morning, which was not at all forecasted, and thus I arrived back from cycling to the market wet and very happy to find my gardening showing that it rained at home too.
2. Each day I have been covering some of the vegetables with white fleece and this was been valuable in protecting the leaves from scorching, wilting and excessive moisture loss.
3. Allium flavum is looking good in the gravel garden
4. These extra large bumble bees are the first the visit the Eryngium Silver Ghost in the early morning.
5. With so many flowers on Origanum Bristol Cross these small bumble bees came out as soon as the shower was over to continue of their day long attendance on the blooms.
I am hoping to lead a workshop some time in the future showing friends how to make these, and therefore I needed to start a few new plants off.
As I went out just a few minutes ago to retrieve the plants to take a picture, the exposure to strong sun had already within the last two days already stressed the small cuttings, so they will be moved where they receive only indirect light until we have better weather. Even succulents are struggling!!!
I doubt that others will allow trials and tribulations of weather to prevent them joining in with Jon The Propagator, and I am looking forward to reading through a few of them at least. I've been trying to concentrate on the more positives and trying to ignore the poor state of some of the garden and the glum mood I was feeling, and it is somehow good to read that The Prop is similarly lacking enthusiasm.