RAIN STOPS PLAY IN JUNE
Would you believe at the end of May I was praying for rain?
Well my prayer was pretty much answered. After an exceptionally dry month in May, June has seen its fair share of heavy showers, with hail and a cracking good thunderstorm thrown in.
The garden's enjoyed endless soakings, and the water-butts are full.
Pretty yellow Lysamachia above (my Dad calls it Bombsite 'cos as a kid he remembers it growing on unused and neglected spaces).
A beautiful bronze Comma butterfly perching on Euphorbia seed-heads.
With a list of to-do jobs as long as your arm, this kind of weather can seriously hold you up.
With much to do and limited time, you begin to wonder whether you're ever going to get anything done?
It's only by having time off work, and a spell of fine weather, I've been able to make some kind of headway.
There's been a lot of cutting back to do of early Summer perennials, to make room for annuals like Cosmos, Cerinthe and Calendula, which I've grown from seed.
Whatever size garden you have, there's never enough space!
I wouldn't say no to a few more day lilies, like the one above.
Here's that Comma again, this time on the seaside-loving shrub Escallonia.
I've also noticed a rather handsome pair of Red Admirals taking nectar from Giant Scabious, and big hairy caterpillars that I've yet to identify?
There's a rather cute pair of baby blackbirds around too, getting pretty tubby with their endless feasting on Amelanchier berries, and sultanas!
I love my garden, and all those who love it too.
Have you noticed how blue flowers remain visible for longer at dusk?
This is because the eye is more sensitive to blue than other colours in dim conditions, and also because the light after sunset has a blue cast and so it is reflected back by blue objects - Andrew Lawson (The Gardeners Book of Colour).
Geranium, Centaurea, and Campanula.
There's always so much to do in my garden in May.
At this time of year I could do with an under-gardener!