These pictures were taken before the rain, in sweltering heat of 33 degrees Celsius. There are areas of the garden that look nice because of the tall and striking verbena bonariensis and cosmos but the heat managed to kill a lot of my plants like sweet peas, they just dried completely despite my efforts to keep them moist. I was surprised to see one of the dahlias and crocosmia (which I divided in spring and it seemed to work wonderfully) open. It was sad to realise that my garden peaked in June and the hot weather didn’t help the July plants at all, all my hopes were with the roses but they wilted immediately. I am very determined to add to my late summer plant list with rudbeckias and fingers crossed for a second round of roses.
But there are some good things too.
The cosmos are so beautiful, they are a dark mix including the very easy growing and productive Dazzler.
I managed to produce two poppies, must try harder!
Honeywort is performing very well and apparently it can self seed about 2-3 times over one summer. I love the foliage.
The early bird.
Salvia Clary, I am somewhat disappointed with its height, mine is very short.
The sea holly is coming along nicely.
Seeing the closeups the garden doesn’t look that bad but overall it needs more effort and more plants. Next year….
The veg patch is doing reasonably well, the courgettes, squashes and pumpkins seem to be very happy. I just got some extra horse manure and we also used our own compost which managed to produce some sort of squash plants and tomatoes. I have very healthy cucumbers, lots of beetroots in various colours and borlotti beans. Most of it still too small to eat but looking promising.
It’s the midst of summer and I am already planning winter crops, I have leeks and cauliflowers in the greenhouse and cavolo nero planted out but perhaps I should also add some sprouts and definitely a lot of lettuce. What are you planning for winter? What else can we grow?