Well I think the Summer is finally here in the UK, we have had a lot of wind recently and wind is not good for my garden, it dries the soil out, flattens the flowers and because it has been a cold wind it has stopped things growing! Thankfully now we are getting warmer temperatures during the day and, hopefully, no more frosts I can think about putting in the bedding plants. My rockery is still looking really colourful with the tulips still flowering well and the pansies too.
My garden has a lot of established shrubs in and plenty of Spring bulbs but I always try and leave a small area at the front of the borders for some nice annuals, this space has primulas in now and they need to be transferred to another bed to die back over the Summer and then they can be re-planted back in the borders in the Autumn.
This year I have grown Calendula from seed and that will go at the back of the front bit, if you see what I mean! The rest of the annuals I have bought from a small garden centre that acts as a day centre for adults with learning difficulties. They have grown some wonderful plants and I had my pick early on in the Season. The French Marigolds go in next and then the Alyssum and Lobelia are planted at the front of the bed. The Alyssum and Lobelia will hopefully knit together to form a small hedgerow right at the front of the border and the French Marigolds will stand up behind with the Calendula standing tall at the back.
I also bought some oxygenating plants recently to try and rid the pond of Spring slime, fortunately it is working and the slime is coming to the surface so I can scoop it out using a small fishing net. The other day I was scooping and emptying when I came across a little smooth newt! I popped him back in the pond but not before I managed a photo of him.
We seem to have waited a long time for Summer to come this year but the garden will look wonderful soon if the wind stays away and the temperatures continue to rise. I hope you all have a great Summer and can spend lots of time outdoors in your gardens.
I will be back soon.