|Frothy ammi with sweet peas and mallow|
It has been brilliant to have heat and dryness this year - makes me feel like I've emigrated!
The dahlias are flourishing in the current conditions, and sedums are fleshing up well to provide a glaucous counterpoint for bright flashy red 'Witteman's Best' in summer bunches.
I can tell that summer is in full swing, as the lavender hedge at the front of the house in sprouting into gloriousness, and my candelabra-style light fitting downstairs is sporting several bunches hanging upside down to dry, ready for arranging in lean times later in the year. The statice that I sowed in late spring is just starting to come into flower, so I must remember to cut and dry some of that for autumnal arrangements too.
My roses are totally crispy and require constant deadheading, so I have to bid them farewell and await their second coming in autumn. It really makes me feel like the year is whizzing by to know that their first show is already over.
|Excuse the dangly wicker pig's legs in the top part of this shot. I know them well, but they even had me bewildered when I first studied this photo!|
What is going to replace the ammi in the next wave of flowers? It has played such a big role in the borders, that I'm going to feel a bit bereft without it. You'll just have to watch this space to see what comes in to fill its boots - and so will I, as I'm really not sure what can follow in its wake at the moment.