* Morning! How Does Your Garden Grow is being hosted over here today as Annie is away at Glasto.
Between May and June gardening seems to consume me. I spend all Winter thinking about what to plant and looking for the right seeds. Then when Spring arrives I have lots of seeds to sow, things to cut back, young plants to pot on and tidying up from the Winter to do. We have a few more seedlings to pot on and then all the hard work will be done – and I’ll start writing about something other than plants again!
This plant is called Heartsease. It’s a wild flower with small edible flowers and nectar that attracts butterflies and bees. Folklore says it helps mend a broken heart – hence the name. It will be planted in our raised beds once the garlic has come up.
Family visited a couple of weekends ago and we had a bit of a plant swap. We gave them marigolds and some cottage garden plants and they gave us geraniums, runner beans and cosmos. The cosmos are just starting to open.
Our blue hydrangea has started turning pink!! When I bought it I was told I needed to add some alkali to the soil to keep the blue colouring. I didn’t realise it would change so quickly (see last weeks photos). It’s still lovely though. I know a lot of people think hydrangeas are old fashioned and frumpy but I’m a complete sucker for those big blousy petals.
The white hydrangea is still white after all this time but gets pink speckles every year. I adore the green colour of these fresh buds.
We bought a pyracantha the year we moved into this house. I had visions of a bush full of bright red berries for the birds to feast on over the Winter. But nothing. Now tightly wrapped buds have opened into flowers, which means we should have berries this Autumn!
Our Christmas tree started to go a bit brown and brittle in the middle. I thought it might be dying but Scott noticed tiny little pinecones growing on the ends of the branches; the tips look like they have been dipped in gold. I would have thought if it was that unhappy it wouldn’t be pushing out new growth? Does anyone know?
June is a good time of year because the garden is starting to fill up with flowers. I managed to collect enough to fill of a large jam jar. We’ve got sweet peas, lavender, nasturtiums, oxeye daises and chive flowers. Bit of a mixture but it looks and smells nice.
What has been happening in your gardens this week?