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June 21st, 2006


The eternal British topic......the weather

There is really no pleasing we Brits.
Either it is too hot, or it is too cold, it is too wet or it is too dry, and whatever the weather we find some reason to complain about it.
At the moment the wind is rocking the trees at the back of the house. Now they are in full leaf the movement we see is greater than when the branches are bare, but it is only possible to see the movement of the outsides of the trees. The weeping willow is in violent motion right now, and the trees beyond it are really rocking their tops, I almost said "off" but I'm not sure it's quite that bad.....
we had several weeks when there was sunshine and heat and almost no rainfall.The garden started to dry out and in one area there were the beginnings of shrinkage cracks where the soil was drying out.
At the warmest and hottest the plants seemed to be coping quite well ,at least the only wilters were the pot plants and it was easy enough to attend to them, but I did water some of the others and it certainly has helped them to grow.
We have a magnificent show of foxgloves.I brought the seedlings with us when we moved, I have not seen such a range of colours before, most are the standard pink colour but then there is a lovely white one with brown markings and an intermediate pink and an orangey one. The sad thing about them is that when they have finished flowering they die......so if you allow the seeds to scatter you don't know what you are going to get the next year.
The daffodils have been and gone long since as have the crocuses, the grape hyacinths , the hyacinths, the tulips and the small blue irises.
The pansies have put on a delightful show of large flowers and by careful dead heading I like to think the flowering season may have been prolonged a little this year, even if it means there will be no self set pansies to grow up for next year as a result.
The fifty centimetre irises(from bulbs) are putting on a magnificent display, with white, white/yellow and yellow varieties as well as an odd purple one all out together, whilst on the otherside of the garden the yellow flags(irises with rhizomes) are making a lovely display. Two lupins have produced single spikes this year and I hope the plants will survive to grow again another year.......never had any trouble with that until we moved to Padiham where we could only ever get them to last a year......perhaps Reedley will be different...not that we will see it.
The cherry tree in the front garden has blossomed and there seems to be an abundance of small green fruit coming. The peonie has sent up two massive pink heads which very quickly went a dirty brown colour and we have a small stand of wheat and oats growing about fifty centimetres tall where the birds emptied the mixed seed feeder discarding the less palatable cereal seeds.
As I have been writing the wind has strengthened and the trees seem to be in turmoil, no doubt I shall have to pick up some of the patio plants in the
morning and there will be fallen branches from the willow and leaves to to rake up. The grass already needs cutting, showers and warm temperatures make it shoot up.The front lawn is mainly moss, I could rake a lot of it out, but it would look pretty bare if I did and the moss would probably grown again anyway...it demands drastic action if it is to change and with the move coming in six weeks there is no time for that, so Gareth will inherit a lovely mown moss patch at the front, and a somewhat better lawn at the back, even if it is infested with horsetails and and liverworts.Ah well where we are will be some hundreds of feet more elevated than where we are now, I shall have to learn a whole new way of gardening there... at the moment most of it is grass.......