I don't need to point out the obvious - the weather over the last few days has been more than favourable shall we say?! But this heat isn't just confined to the climate. Our garden has become a veritable hotbed of seediness (get it?) in the past 7 days; wood pigeons, magpies, they're all at it! Constantly. Publicly. Perhaps our most bizarre observation is the squirrels that have transformed our crumbly old tree house-come-woodpile into a love shack. So to Gareth's relief, the re-organisation of this area will have to wait until the wildlife peepshow is over. Unfortunately, it's quite disconcerting when you are trying to entertain in the garden to the bird-like squawking of a squirrel's mating call. They even chase each other around the area in circles, all heady, in lust and oblivious to all around them. If I only had a couple of Terry and June sun loungers and a Benny Hill soundtrack, we could truly be back in the 70s.
The garden gives and it takes away.
It's giving us great fern coverage this year, although I really should thank the woodland for these.
The Lavatera started small but is now charting a path to world domination.
The foxgloves, although not expected to flower this year, are in bloom and brightening up a dark corner of the garden. They are just visible behind the church relic we received as a wedding gift. No idea what it is (I haven't spent much time inside churches during the course of my lifetime), but it's in the photo to remind me not to keep banging my head on it.
In the same area, the wild geraniums have taken over where the spring bulbs left off. We're happy for them to do so.
Since my last post, we now have two frogs in the pond and damselflies are regular visitors.
The honeysuckle is also growing well, but it's making my makeshift bamboo arch less of an arch and way more lopsided.
I also purchased some succulents from B&Q, as suggested by Vicky (Vintage Vixen: The Distancing Diaries - 13th & 14th June, 2021 (vintagevixon.blogspot.com). They were originally intended to edge part of our driveway, but have ended up in a Belfast sink as the slugs have chewed the Cosmos back to ground level. I think Lavender might be the way forward to edge the gravel drive, as it's poor soil and an area we tend to overlook and the Lavender won't mind too much.