Well it seems that is it. The solstice has passed and we are now on the slippery slope to winter. Passed in a jiffy didn’t it? Here is my midsummer Six on Saturday. And perversely it actually looks like a summer’s day out there. It is where I should be, not here at my desk. As my heart is elsewhere, to be on the safe side, we should proceed with great haste. I’m sure our mentor The Prop is not sitting at his computer wasting sunlight hours thinking of things to say to his flock. He will be prepared and have done all this silly writing stuff ages ago and at this very moment be hard at work in his garden. Not me. Not organised at all. If we get on I might be able to steal a few moments of pottering later.
Here we are, my first photo, Simon the poppy. Simon was trampled on by steel toe-capped builders and scaffolders until I pointed him out in the nicest possible way and asked them to try their very bestest to avoid stomping on his head again. They did their best and here he is blooming well to tell the tale. I do love a good red poppy and Simon is one of the best.
In my little garden I don’t have the benefit of potting shed or proper greenhouse. When I do any potting up, pricking out or some such fiddlings, I sit on the bottom step of the set towards the top of the garden with my compost, pots and the “to be sorted” arranged about me. I then settle down with a nice cup of coffee, which in matter of moments has compost floating on the top, and enter my own little world. It was then that I noticed this chap on a Salvia elegans, possibly the diddiest grasshopper in the world. Splendid antennae though.
Next Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ which isn’t in the slightest bit sensational. Perhaps it has a good excuse in failing to reach more than 20cm high. They were planted late, they have been stood on (see above) and dug up by mistake (hangs head in shame). Next year they will be wonderful, I can feel it in my bones.
A lovely surprise yesterday was to find that Peggy was flowering, albeit in a rather dishevelled way. Like pancakes, the first dahlia flower is always a little bit dubious.
Next we have a horrid invasive geranium, it annoys me constantly by its continual march across the garden, swamping and strangling all that it passes. Then the sun catches the veined indigo flowers and I am once more smitten.
Lastly the disgraceful sight of Big Ted after a night out on the tiles. He has been severely reprimanded and is on house arrest for the foreseeable future.
All done, now let me out into the garden ……….