Right now I am not able to get into the garden, it is raining torrentially here. It was raining so hard earlier that I could hear the rain over the radio. Our driveway is now looking a bit flooded as it has rained so much in one go. Within a few minutes of it stopping it will all disappear though.
Sadly the plants in the garden are now looking a bit battered having been rained on like this, but the water will do them no harm and they will recover and bloom again or new things will come to take their place.
Actually I am glad in a way as I have so much to do indoors and the rain will keep me there working rather than taking a cup of tea and going to sit outside which is what I would love to do on a normal sunny afternoon.
I have a new camera and have become obsessed with taking photos of the flowers in the garden. So this is what has been and is growing and blooming in the garden right now and since my last big garden post. Sorry about the large number of pictures, I have edited and edited and come down from about 250 photos to this 60 or so!
I hope that you enjoy them.
I love to see the leaves opening up and unfolding on the Hornbeam hedge. It is quite big now and will need its first proper cut later on this year. Up to now we have just trimmed it here and there with secateurs but this year it will be the hedge trimmer I think! Hornbeam makes a great hedge I think as it holds on to its leaves as a Beech hedge would, but I prefer the pleated leaves of the Hornbeam.
The Weigela is blooming beautifully. I love the masses of blooms that come every year.
This years grapes are starting to form on the grapevine, just tiny little dots at this stage, but they will grow and grow - and the rain today will help that!
This years new pelargoniums are already blooming beautifully.
The start of an allium bloom.
This year the Rhododendron did very well, I had cut it back a couple of years ago and it seems to have been worth it.
I know that I have already shared the Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) with you, but you can always take another shot right!
It seems as if everything is putting out new shoots right now.
This Cistus only allows us to enjoy a few flowers at a time although it is a very large shrub. I have decided that after it finishes blooming this year it will have to be taken out. The shrub is so large it takes up a huge area in the border and although the blooms are stunning I don't think that it is earning a place in the border given the space that it takes up. So I will remove it, and plant another one somewhere else that where it can grow as large as it likes and then I can use the space in the border for other things.
The last bluebell in the garden for this year. They will come back again though.
If you see the large green ball at the end of the border that is the Cistus that I talked about earlier, you can see what I mean about the size of it.
The lavender has loads of buds coming along so I hope that it will be spectacular again this year. The bees and insects love to spend the summer visiting.
There are still beautiful red berries on the Nandina Domestica (Sacred Bamboo), and there will be flowers again soon.
My geraniums are all starting to flower, I keep adding more each year as I love them so much and they are starting to spread themselves around as well which is great.
I know that I have already show you the Irises, but you all enjoyed them so much, here are some more shots!
More Weigela shots!
Just one solitary flower on this Clematis, I am going to get some manure to put round the base to try and encourage it to grow more and I have been feeding it too.
The Allium opening up a little more, and then finally starting to bloom as you can see below!
This rose is looking spectacular. A few years ago it was very unhappy and I started to train it up the fence in a more organised fashion, and now it is so much happier and produces far more flowers than before. Both rose and I are happy now!
Now that I have finished writing the rain has stopped and the sun is trying to come out, it is too wet to sit in the garden, but I think that I have earned a cup of tea now!
I hope that you are enjoying whatever is blooming in your garden, local park, or just on the roadside as you go about your day.