Summer is becoming a distance memory as autumn takes hold, so I decided to fill some frames with flowers for this week’s lens-artist photo challenge.
This week in the garden, the first cherry tomatoes…….
Last few days have been damp, with plenty rain and falling temperatures. Not sure if we will have enough heat left int he summer to get any decent pumpkins and squashes, which are still very small.
Earlier in the season I had scattered the remains of a wildflower seed packet on a bed and some lovely (rainsoaked) cornflowers came through.
And some pot marigolds. These used to seed themselves all over the vegetable patch but I will have to sow some for next year as I only have the odd plant now.
Also self-seeded is this chicory plant in the poly tunnel. I just love these lovely blue flowers.
And finally, also self-seeded this time among the leek plants are these red veined sorrel plants. They are a nice addition to the salad bowl if harvested young.
Thanks to The Propagator for hosting “Six on Saturday”.
I do need a bit more late summer colour, but there are still a few things flowering in the garden.
1. American elder flowers later than our native elder so rarely produces fruit. It smells lovely though.
2. Finally some cosmos flowers. Not as many this year as previous years as I had poor germination, but always great for colour.
3. Soapwort, as name suggests can be used to make a soap substitute. Bees like the pretty pick flowers too.
4. Astilbes – I divided this plant last year and the one in the new bed is doing much better.
5. First courgette!
6. And nasturtiums, with a bee!
In my own garden again this week. I definitely need more flowers for this time of year as the delphiniums and lupins have pretty much gone over.
1. The day lily is doing well, but I never did divide it last year so must try this year. I saw some lovely day lilies at the National Botanic Garden of Wales which I will post about soon.
2. This is an old heritage climbing rose (sorry did not keep the name). It has a lovely smell. It was slow to start but has a good few blooms now.
3. This poppy seeds itself all over the vegetable plot, adding extra colour and food for the bees. I have scattered seed in the flower bed but for some reason they never germinate there.
4. The yellow loosestrife is getting crowded out by the day lily – another reason to divide the latter!
5. In the vegetable garden the potatoes are coming on nicely despite being set late. I have always liked potato flowers.
6. And the runner beans are doing their thing too.
Back to my own garden this week for six on Saturday. There is a lot going on so it is hard to know what to choose.
- CLOVER: On our return from Wales the red and white clover was at it’s peak. Both are great bee food. The white clover comes up on our “lawn”, because we don’t cut it too often. It smells heavenly. Red clover is in the wildflower meadow and the gravel drive. It is particularly food this year.
2. RINGLET: Ringlet butterflies are also doing well this year and are loving the wildflower meadow.
3. WORCESTER BERRIES: It is not a great fruit year for us (we’ve no apples or plums because of late frosts) but we do have some berries. Here Worcester berries (cross between gooseberry and blackcurrant).
4. CAMPANULA. Campanula (bellflowers) are one of my favourite summer flowers. These ones grow to about 1m tall and do suffer a bit of wind damage, but always give a great display of colour.
5. VERBENA: I grew this from seed a couple of years ago and really like the way the tall stalks rise above all the other flowers in the flower bed.
6. BORAGE: I grow borage in the vegetable plot where it self-seeds. This is another great bee plant.
Here is what is blooming in the garden this mid summer. I was a little worried that the sage would not flower, it was looking somewhat poorly, but thankfully it has bloomed. I fear the bees would miss it if it hadn’t as they do enjoy it.
Campanula – Bellflower. This is a tall, large flowered one. It does get a bit battered with the wind but does manage to seed itself around a little. I love plants that give you more plants for free.
Our beautiful native foxglove. I need to collect seed this autumn and grow more of these. I have lots of shady corners where they can go.
These are wild orchids that grow in my meadow. Each year I get one or two more of them popping up.
Snapdragons are great for adding colour and are loved by bees too. These are ones that came through the winter, but I have just planted out some new ones which will hopefully provide some late summer colour too.
Inspired by The Propagator’s – Six on Saturday
It has pretty much rained all week, and while we needed some rain, some of the flowers are looking a little worse for wear. And the bees have had a tough time too. The delphiniums are proving popular with the larger bees, and they may even be a place to shelter!!
Meadow cranesbill, looking a bit washed out.
Continuing on the blue / purple theme, blue iris are also in flower.
While in the wild flower meadow ox-eyed daisy are just coming into their own.
While in the greenhouse self-seeded chamomile sets of the lovely sage flowers, which again are very popular with the bees (probably also as the greenhouse is a place they can escape from the rain!).
Also in the greenhouse and polytunnel the first of the small alpine strawberries (and a few larger ones too).
Inspired by The Propagator’s – Six on Saturday