Another week of thunderstorms almost every afternoon; so the pattern of our days shifts. Still we rise early most days as the morning continues to be the most comfortable time to work outside but now there is not such a need to rest in the afternoon. The cuttings beds are still producing good pickings of Dahlias and Zinnias and it is the Zinnias that are the stars for me today; I love the rich intensity of their colours.
Last week the temperatures barely rose out of the twenty’s Centigrade so this has definitely been our shortest summer and I for one am not complaining, maybe that is why the colours seem to be stronger this year.
The Amaranthus are growing well but are often covered in ants which can make harvesting them painful!
The two tone Zinnias do mix well with other flowers especially with the dark Dahlias but I don’t like them as much as the intensely coloured single coloured varieties. What do you think?
The Asparagus is providing a lot of foliage for my vases this year; maybe they are receiving more water but they are a veritable forest of stems – maybe it means there will be a good crop next year.
The centre of each Zinnia seems to be different, everyone more interesting than the last.
With my thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting each and every week. I hope this end of August week is a good one for you and that today’s Bank Holiday weather is great for gardening in the UK.