The bedding-out season has begun. Our youngest had a sunflower-planting frenzy a few weeks ago and these are now all large enough to be planted out, so we’ve given them a flower-bed all to themselves and this should make a great show in August.
The polyanthus, which we bedded out in the autumn near the house have gone back to their ‘resting’ beds near the compost heap, giving us a good space to plant out the Cosmos, probably this week.
Gradually over the next couple of weeks, the greenhouse will empty.
This weekend, we’ve been focussing on the herbaceous borders, filling in one or two spaces with our young Thalictrum and Rudbeckia Goldsturm plants which we grew from seed last year. They’ve come on well, although not sure whether we’ll get any flowers from them this year.
There are more herbaceous plants coming on but I don’t want to put them out until they are big enough to hold their own against the more rampant occupants!
The apple and pear blossom has been excellent this year, with all the trees now in blossom. Sadly the pictures don’t really do justice and they certainly don’t capture the wonderful scent that currently fills the air!
Under the apples, the first of the wild flowers are coming through, including the rather-fetching bluebells – interestingly we have a whitebell as well – presumably a sport, as it grows next to a larger clump of bluebells!