Far too hot here to do any gardening, 35 degrees C forecast for later today. Not one for huffing and puffing, I embrace it and like to sit out in the shade with a cool drink (Pimm’s with a few borage flowers thrown in would be nice, or a sparkling elderflower cordial) and read a good book. It gives a relaxing holiday vibe, this kind of heat. I am glad though that I don’t have so many pots to water this year, plants in pots probably don’t feel like they’re on holiday right now, poor dears!
For the first of this week’s Six on Saturday, here’s a plant that relishes these Mediterranean conditions: lavender. It’s spilling over the front path and giving passers-by a nice whiff. Goes rather well with Alchemilla mollis. One of these days we’ll replace the mesh fence with something more aesthetically pleasing, I was thinking a wrought iron one would look nice and still allow for plants to spill over.
Did anyone says Pimm’s? Here’s the plant closely associated with that most British of summer drinks (nobody here has ever heard of it, but when they try it they do like it, who wouldn’t?). Borage is a wonderfully photogenic plant, and of course a valuable addition to a garden that welcomes the pollinators.
And here’s a bee coming in to snack on the wonderfully fluffy Thalictrum flavum glaucum, or meadow rue is less of a mouthful, growing near the pond.
It’s combining rather well with the yellow climbing rose on the corner.
I’m enjoying this front path combination of Nepeta faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ with the pink geranium. A couple of my Nepeta didn’t get through the winter this year, but it’s an easy one to take cuttings from, so I must do that after this first flush of flowering.
Another combo of the soft and gentle type, here we have feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) with Ceonothus x Delileanus ‘Gloire de Versailles’, and the first Oxeye daisies will be joining the party soon.
And a close-up:
For the last spot this week, it’s going to have to be another rose, this one is Rosa ‘Compassion’ on the arch. It’s a great one for cutting bunches for the house and adding in a few sweet peas to the mix.
That’s all for this week, hope you all have a lovely and relaxing weekend.