Hello :) The clock struck midnight last night and just before I put off the bedside lamp I noticed a last tweet that was in fact a first tweet - Annie, from Mammasaurus, asking us all, How Does Your Garden Grow? The stuff of Thursdays and great photography and colour and life and happy.
Holly Willyboobyhock grows very well. In fact she has performed something of a Dita Von Tease spellbinder in the last few weeks, metamorphosing ever promising perfectly closed buds into amazing scarlet tissue paper flowers that make me want to stand and applaud every time I walk back through the garden gate. I have even gone outside in my jammies quite a few times to see what Holly's been up to in my absence. I swear this is the best four quid I ever spent on my first Hollyhock and she will be the first of many more to come.
When I talk about my garden, really I'm mostly talking about my border under the kitchen window. It's the only wee bit of the blank canvas garden that we've really taken to task as yet but I'm so glad we did. After a brilliant June and July and a fair August the plants are healthy and have grown in soft masses from their first weeks as newbies in slightly angular, pot-fresh shapes.
This Hydrangea picked out by my daughter has been the star of the border, flowering for about the fourth month in a row now and putting on lush new green leaves all the time. I'm smitten.
My first Everlasting Sweetpea is doing it's thang rather wonderfully too. I adore the white petals next to the red of the Hollyhock. Together they make me think of husband's homeland Danish flag and they are such a beautiful contrast to all the greens around them.
The Sedum I longed for hasn't let me or the bees down. It's about to flower and it's doing wonderfully with a huge increase in size and providing brilliant interest amongst it's darker leafed neighbours.
Not to be forgotten is the ever well behaved little Ivy that's getting bigger in a pot by the back door. The colours in the foliage are amazing and the sweet little leaves are humble but beautiful.
Last but not least the Rosemary which has helped with many a meal this summer and seems to approve of it's new home in a bigger pot at the top of the steps up the house. Super green fabulous.
Thanks for reading :)