It has been a stunning summer in Ireland, the best since 1976 I’m told. We Irish are generally unused to dining al fresco, yet I have eaten breakfast at one of the two sitting spots most mornings since early June, and dinner too. Of course, the garden is not just for eating! I have sat contentedly overlooking the splendour of my labours, and spent time planning plans in my head for next year. However, it’s important to seize the diem and to enjoy the wonderful weather just as it is right now. During the very very wet winter (which lasted right through to the middle of May!), I had scattered rose feed on the gravel, and repeated the dusty dose again in April. The rain washed all the nutrients down in its own time, and the results have been remarkable. More buds, bigger blooms, healthier plants. I am very pleased with my work!
|Rosa Just Joey|
Now that I look at this photograph, it strikes me that I very likely will take more very soon, and get in even closer. It might be good to add the new ones to this post soon.
|Ah that’s better! Rosa Just Joey|
Recent headlines from my garden:
- Thousands of tomatoes already eaten and frozen
- Dahlias are magic
- The 50 gladioli were beautiful but short-lived
- My current favourite plant is Begonia. (many varieties)
- Onions are stored
- The late-evening suntrap area has got great use this year
- I was able to bypass the hosepipe ban very effectively
|Deep in a good book, surrounded by colour|