Spring never really warmed up in the way it has done in other years. The evenings remained cool and mornings fresh. This week has been the first time when I have gone out into the garden in the morning with just a T-shirt rather than a fleece, and a long sleeved-fleece at that!
The higher temperatures almost caught me unawares as pots around the garden suddenly needed watering and the vegetables beds, too, require watering every day. I don’t know if this weather will last but after the long winter (with excuses to those of my readers who don’t consider that I have any winter at all) I am enjoying the sunshine and the warmth.
Around the garden the rush towards summer has begun and many roses are already flowering, but more about those another day.
I photographed the slope at mid-day today so the light is very bright, Eschscholzia are blooming all over the slope in places mixed with our European red poppy.
The yellow flowers (top left) are from Phlomis fruticosa, I have seedlings all around the garden, I think I will plant more on the slope to add structure until more Cistus are ready plant.
Cistus are flowering; this small-flowered white one I grew from a cutting so I am particularly proud of it. This variety usually flowers for a relatively short time, but does maintain a nice tight domed form. I’m glad the cuttings are now established as I removed the parent plant last autumn because the place where it was growing had become shaded by other plants, and because when I first planted it I thought it would be taller.
As more Irises need dividing I may plant some around the slope, I love the sword-shaped leaves as well as the captivating flowers.
Solanum jasminoides ‘Alba’ is beginning to flower and I expect it to continue for most of the summer and until it becomes cold again.
Just think how many seeds are being produced by all these flowers!
Philadelphus also opened its buds this week adding to the scent now filling the entire garden. I must cut some to bring indoors for a vase, I love its perfume inside the house.
Is there a moment when you think ” oh yes, summer has arrived!”; how is spring where you are this year (autumn for my readers in the southern hemisphere)?