Summer has come to Neats Home Garden. Although the days are sometimes still cool, there's enough light in the sky and warmth in the soil to encourage growth and flowering. So the Weigelas are out in full flower, as are the Verbascums, Foxgloves, Geraniums, Poppies, and Alliums. This past week the roses, both wild and cultivated, have also bloomed, while the Penstemons are beginning to unfurl their tight purple buds in preparation for mid-summer flowering.
My work in the garden has been somewhat curtailed by my pregnancy - it's difficult to weed for long periods when you're carrying a heavy belly! So I took a pragmatic approach to the re-design of the long border - previously home to a massive Eucalyptus and many shrubs, sited along a long brick wall, in full sun. I've realised some of the re-design: I managed to plant all the Lupins, Verbascums, Foxgloves and Delphiniums which I'd grown from seed. But the roses, clematis and jasmine, as well as many other plants, will be planted this autumn.
Meanwhile, the Kitchen Garden is in full throttle. Broad beans, peas, lettuce and chard are all being harvested, as are parsley, chives and sorrel. Autumn-sown sweetpeas are flowering and perfuming the house with a light lemon-rose scent. Raspberries are forming on canes, under the fruit cage, but we have, alas, once again lost most of our gooseberries, since they stand in open ground, unprotected from the rapacious pigeons. Next year I aim to have them all under net, and we will hopefully harvest a decent crop.
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