I can't believe it's been nearly two months since I added to my website. Unfortunately ill health followed by a last minute panic to get the garden ready for the NGS open day on 18th June precluded me doing it. And then the recovery after the open day.... I could go on but I won't, just offer apologies for anyone who keeps an eye on the site.
The open day went well, raising nearly £700 between entry monies and tea and cake monies. Plant sales went well too and I've just managed to off-load the plants I want to get shot of and that didn't sell, to a local lady, Ann Moss, who runs plant sales regularly through the summer in aid of various charities. I now have a relatively clear driveway! Until I went to Homebase who were selling off their plants very cheaply.... Some lovely mature ferns and rhododendrons in attractive planters that can be placed straight in the garden. It worked out they were selling the plants and pots combined for less than the pots would be sold separately - bargain!
The recent rain has wreaked havoc in the garden with Hydrangea Annabelle flopping around all over the place. I use her as a statement plant throughout the garden and had thought I'd staked them well enough. Unfortunately their heavy flower heads collected so much rain many of them snapped at the top of the stems, the rest collapsing in a soggy mess on the ground. I will try and re-stake them so I can still enjoy what's left for the rest of summer. Various other plants such as Lysimachia 'Firecracker' and Persicaria 'Red Dragon' need cutting back as they too are now blocking various pathways. I also want to cut back some hardy geraniums to see if they will re-flower later in the year.
The other 'bad' thing that has happened is next door cutting, or rather chain-sawing, the front hedge. Unfortunately it's theirs so I have no say but for the last 15 years they have asked what I would like cut back and I always see to leave the trees. This year they didn't ask and the hedge and trees were all cut down to about 6ft, opening up my 15 year cultivated shade garden to full sun. Not a happy bunny and still trying to think of ways to counteract things so my auriculas on shelves don't need to be watered twice a day when its hot, rather than just once a week before.... On top of that the other neighbours had one of their pine trees pruned and a large branch covering our front garden was removed. I should have realised this would be a precursor to the end of my shady front garden.