It’s been 4 months since we started social-distancing and this week, due to more easing of restrictions we were able to babysit our two grandchildren who live in a nearby town. They’ll be with us during the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a few weeks until schools and possibly nursery, return.
On Tuesday we had fun in a nearby park that has a large play area where they were able to run about freely. The lockdown has been hard on youngsters too, with play parks closed, and children unable to go out and play with neighbourhood friends.
Thursday morning was wet, but we took a walk along the prom, though the play park was too wet and slippery to play in. By afternoon the weather had improved and neighbouring children started to emerge from their houses and our two made new friendships. It was heartwarming.
The other event was…drumroll…I got my hair cut on Wednesday – the first day that hairdressers were allowed to open!
Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’
This wasn’t the colour combination I had in mind when I planted this dahlia alongside Achillea ‘Lilac Beauty’. The dahlia was quite a strong red when it opened, but starting to darken down now, and I can’t make up my mind whether I like these two colours together or not. The fact that I can’t make up my mind about them probably tells a story, so it’s a colour combination that I probably won’t repeat. But the plants are lovely… 😁
Rosa ‘James Galway’
Rosa ‘James Galway’ is a bush rose that can be grown as a climber or a shrub. I grow it as a shrub, but it’s now becoming a bit too tall and wide. It’s always laden with flowers and has good, strong stems but recently it’s had a few large stems snapped off after periods of heavy rain and wind. I’ll try to prune it back a bit more severely next February to see if that will help.
Rosa ‘Crocus Rose’
This rose has peachy tones in the centre that open to a rich creamy colour, and it’s a long-time resident in the garden. It’s a David Austin rose, though it doesn’t seem to be sold on the UK site any more but is still available in the US. Oh, and it has a lovely perfume.
Cosmos ‘Double Click Mix’
I love this Cosmos! They’ve been a bit soggy-looking lately with all the rain that’s been falling on them, but this pretty ruffled trio of pinks are looking smart. I have them dotted around the borders, along with Cosmos ‘Dazzler’ and a few Cosmos ‘Purity’
Hydrangea ‘Pink Annabelle’
Pink Annabelle was planted a couple of months ago and now a few flowers are getting ready to bloom. It did have two small flowers near the bottom of the plant a few weeks ago, and they still look delicate and pretty. I’m looking forward to seeing what these two flower heads produce.
Lavatera × clementii ‘Rosea’
The Lavatera is currently enjoying its third summer (is this really summer?) in the garden, but this will be its last, as I plan to remove it around the end of August. Its purpose was to fill an empty space until I decided what to do with the spot, and it has done that. It’s now grown so large that it’s blocking my route through to a few clematis growing on the fence, that need to be tied in, and fed.
I have a Syringa vulgaris on order, a small tree that will grow to around 2.5 metres (8 feet) and I’m hoping to be able to enjoy the perfume while I’m working the greenhouse in springtime.
Oh, exciting. I’ve just had word that the Syringa and also a Ceanothus are being despatched week commencing 27th July – just in time for my daughter & her family arriving from Aberdeenshire (restrictions permitting). My son-in-law has just finished digging a very deep trench on clay soil for their new garden wall – I wonder how he would feel about doing some more digging. Hmmm…maybe not. 😁
Enjoy your weekend everyone. The forecast for my area is dry and sunny – not warm – but dry and sunny will do. Happy gardening!
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