Tidying gardens in Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Knebworth & surrounding villages. If you would like help in the garden, whether it's for a few hours a week, a month or more, then please get in touch.
Summer is certainly here and the garden's desperately trying to survive in the scorching temperatures.
Watering is left until about 9pm each evening. Frogs seem to sense my activity and appear around every corner waiting for a quenching sprinkle from the hose.
The lawn is almost non existent, a sad sight but it'll green up again when the rain eventually comes.
Early morning colours are amazing. The leaves perky and flowers reach for the sun.
By the end of the day a slight limpness returns as the foliage bakes in the heat.
You may recall I planted some very inexpensive bare root roses, as a product review, earlier in the year (click here.) They were from Home Bargains & The Range for between £1.99 & £2.50.
Well they have been incredibly successful and the scent to die for....as sweet as any expensive rose I've ever sniffed. Definitely, 100%, absolutely recommend buying these in the future!! It's a shame that my local Range shop allowed the remaing stock of about 30 plants to wither and die before stupidly reducing them in price..... what a waste of such beautiful plants...Grrrr.
Anyway, mine have been so succesful, a leafcutter bee has taken a shine to their leaves and nibbled off neat little pieces to make 'leafy sleeping bags' for its eggs.
It's currently taking them under a potted Salvia that I've been growing, so I'll have to stop watering that plant for a short time, while it's nesting.
Apparently the bee, which is solitary, makes little 'sleeping bags' out of the leaves, fills it with food, lays an egg and then puts a leafy lid on it. Amazing huh?
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook I have a video of the bee in action.
I hope all you sun-worshippers are enjoying this amazing weather.
I'm ducking n' diving into any shady spot I can find, wearing my silly hat while trying to remember not to rub sun lotion into my eyes.
This weekend I held a charity fundraising event for Thyroid UK (TUK)
TUK supports thousands of people, including me, in their quest for better thyroid health, care & treatment. Admission to our little garden included tea and cake and some very generous friends and local businesses kindly donated gifts for a raffle.
We also held a plant and craft sale and had an amazing turnout. New friends were made and old friends came along too.
Thankfully the predicted storms, forecast to hit us during the whole event, didn't arrive until the evening when the last piece of bunting was tidied away.
Here are a few photos from the event.
I am so grateful to everyone who attended and for the generosity shown.
I'm also incredibly thankful to my husband (Chief tea maker) who steadied my nerves as the event drew closer, my daughter (Raffle Organiser), son (shuffler of plants & cup collector), Kirsty (cup cake maker extraordinaire), Dawn (event photographer).
I could not have done any of this without them.
Between us all an incredible £216 was raised for Thyroid UK.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you'll know that it's 'that' time of the year again.
The BEST time of the year......Auricula season!!!
My son has redesigned my previous Auricula theatre that hung outside our back door and has also made me a second, even larger one. They've made a very boring garage wall look spectacular and has given me more room to display my precious, ever-expanding collection of plants.
Robin Hood - Angel Islington
Lord Saye En Sele - White Pyne
Hinton Fields - Pinkie Dawn
Ancient Society - War Paint
Joel - Strawberry Fields
Joel (again) - Dilly Dilly
Star Wars - Piers Telford
Old Fashioned - Our Sophie
These are all unnamed plants...
...and these are a couple of doubles.
This unnamed one has the most flowers I have ever seen and they're shades of browns & pinks...quite unusual.
This is my 'behind-the-scenes' collection. Waiting in the wings to finally bloom.