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Plants after a scorching day.

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By anget

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I have spent an hour or more for the last 3 days watering plants in pots.

This is teaching me 2 new lessons:

1) I hate watering!
and
2) I need fewer plants in pots!

So another ‘message to self’ is

a) stop buying so many plants when you have no idea where they are going to go
and
b) get the b****y things into the ground or throw them out!

I am giving myself a stern talking-to. Is anybody else finding themselves repeating the same old errors, season after season? By now, I should know better.

Anyway, some pretty things putting up with extreme heat, so not all is lost in the Anget household:

Hollyhocks. Supposed to be more rust-resistant. Not! So I am only showing the top halves…


Phlox ‘white Admiral’. I struggle with paniculatas. This, and another later white, ‘Pina Colada’ come back enthusiastically year-on-year and I would recommend them to anyone who has dry soil.


The plants on the arches have suffered this year, but are finally looking less stressed:


And the viticellas are finally waking up on the garage wall. Everything is at least 2-3 weeks later than last year.


Finally, a plant I have in a pot which I am very happy to have kept going from last year. I picked it up from Peter Beales; rather quirky, and an interesting (or not) colour-mix:

‘Salvia Bulleyana’.

I hope not too many of us are buckling under the heat.
In this, which has been such a contrary year weather-wise, and frustrating year lockdown-wise, at least our gardens provide some sort of happy distraction. Apart from vine weevils, lily beetles, blackfly, greenfly, ants, moles, parched soil, sodden soil, blackspot, fungus….. (Or is that just me?). Happy days!!

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lol Anget yes I feel same way, last few months I spent so much money clearing it out and all pots had b@@@@@d vine weevil chafers chewing away I was going to quit it. I am a bad waterer and get myself wetter than plants. Ants I actually like as they have cleared all my greenfly off tree. Your plants are lovely to see. I also have a guilt side I see lily beetle walking so innocently along and can't kill it .

19 Jul, 2021

 

I'm finding myself actually watering the potted Dahlias twice a day in this ferocious heat....By lunchtime, having had a drenching the night before, they are literally shrivelling up infront of me!So next year,it will probably only be border planting.At least there they have a little shade from other plants.
Black fly have also decided to visit us ....found thick clusters on several plants....fierce hosepipe was in order there!
I can't say I've enjoyed my garden as much this summer.
One welcome sign yesterday was an isolated ladybird on one of the perennials.
If the garden was half the size,it wouldn't be so hard.

19 Jul, 2021

 

You have some lovely plants Ange - I particularly like your p. White admiral. Sorry for all your frustrations but thank you for making me laugh 😃.

19 Jul, 2021

 

I must agree with Meadowland about not enjoying my garden as much as I did last year. It has been more of a battle to keep everything going somehow. Snails have eaten my sweet peas is the latest one - they have never done that before!
Pots do need a lot of attention and I have far too many of those!!!
Make earnest plans for next year Anget!!!

19 Jul, 2021

 

Paul, I think you and I are on the same wavelength or, to mix metaphors, singing from the same hymnsheet. I have hardened my heart over the lily beetles. I won't have any next year as there won't be any lilies! I surrender to the inevitable!

I have to say, Meadow, that it has been a turning point Summer for me. I have had periods when I fall completely out of love with the garden. That's unusual for me. I have now to surrender to growing plants for a dry garden, but mostly I'm not that fussed about Mediterranean plants. (Done that all before). I thought this garden would be different being clay, but it isn't really.

Yes, Sheila, 'White Admiral' is a lovely plant. I think gardening this year has made me realise I have a choice between laughing or crying over it all. It's better to laugh!

Wildrose, nothing is safe from the voracious mouths this Summer. And there don't seem to be any 'deterrent' insects about here. Nothing. No ladybirds at all though there were lots in the Spring. No butterflies or moths, a few bees, that's all. We were saying that there's not much point in planting for wildlife when there's so little to take advantage of it....

19 Jul, 2021

 

You have some beautiful plants Anget. I decided to give up my pots last year but this year they are all filled again.

19 Jul, 2021

 

Your garden is a delight, Drc, and it looks very well looked after. I think too many pots is one of the reasons mine feels more out of control this year. After a cull and a clear of pots, I'm hoping to cut my workload down a lot by next season.

19 Jul, 2021

 

Well Anget, and I am saying this with my fingers crossed, apart from the roses going over in the severe storm one day, everything in the garden is rosy! Forgive the pun! Haha!
Your garden still looks lovely and you have some beautiful plants.
You do make me smile though, especially the last bit, but I am sure you love gardening all the same!

19 Jul, 2021

 

Lucky you, Rose! Have you seen any wildlife at all? I have my days of loving gardening, but I have to admit that they're fewer and fewer this year.

19 Jul, 2021

 

We get a few butterflies and bees , but not as many as there used to be! Don't know why! Always have plenty of different birds though!
Gold finches, green finches, blackies,sparrows, doves and a resident pigeon. The dove which was on a nest unfortunately left it!

19 Jul, 2021

 

I don't grow plants in pots at all, except house plants. We've had almost daily showers so that helps.

19 Jul, 2021

 

Very wise, Paul.

19 Jul, 2021

 

You made me laugh when reading about all the pests & obstacles we gardeners have to overcome in our garden let alone in the real world!

19 Jul, 2021

 

Did enjoy reading your blog, Ange..always edged with your wicked sense of humour!!!!
I always repeat the same mistakes…I often believe I have a large garden when I’m visiting the GC…
Then I return home and wander aimlessly around looking for somewhere to plant my new purchases.
I resort to potting them up too! Only today I’ve realised I have to plant out my echinacea somewhere, tomorrow.
I’ve had a whole swarm of different bees except for homey bees. They are loving the geraniums, lavender and the rockery succulents.
You do have some pretty colourful plants!

19 Jul, 2021

 

Thanks, Amsterdam. This year has been fraught one way and another, hasn't it?

I'm like you, Kate. I think I have acreage when I'm succumbing too over enthusiastically to buying plants. Ridiculous and frustrating too if I subsequently watch them dwindling... You must have my share of the bees!

19 Jul, 2021

 

I hope you will feel better about your garden after you have made a decision about what to grow. Climate, pests and covid have a lot to answer for.

19 Jul, 2021

 

Love your salvia. Do the climbing plants on your metal arches get burnt when the iron gets hot?

19 Jul, 2021

 

All looking lovely Anget, I don't have many pots I've just given my mom and dad a large one they have quite a few on the patio. Ahh that famous saying when are you getting those in the ground, I have a couple to get in still!! :-)

20 Jul, 2021

 

Thanks, Siris. That's what I'm aiming for.

I've not noticed that the climbers react badly to the arches, HSG. Mind you, thinking about it, I have clipped off a bit of blackened clematis stems. I took it to be caused by the drought.

Anyway, D'lily, my excuse is it's far too hot to get plants in the garden at the moment! I am clearing areas and waiting for inspiration to hit me...

20 Jul, 2021

 

Definitely been too hot, we were laughing Thursday evening as we had to put our jackets on to sit out as it was chilly!!! coudnt believe it after that heat :-)

25 Jul, 2021

 

Anget, I have the same bother with watering. Nor can I visit a garden centre and come out empty handed. Then, of course, I have to find somewhere to put the plant/s even though I kid myself I know EXACTLY where they will go. We have a small patio so not much room left for us to sit. I’m trying to resist but......

But the garden has been so colourful with lots of bees on the Eryngiums and daisies and I don’t mind deadheading.

25 Jul, 2021

 

D'lily feels like an Autumn day today.

Arbuthnot, I have spent today clearing out greenhouse and coldframes to make the watering easier. I don't seem to have made even a small dent in the number of plants! I was going to take some cuttings but held myself back!

25 Jul, 2021

 

My too! When I was ruthless with my patch of pinks it took a supreme effort not to take cuttings. Life is so hard, isn’t it!

25 Jul, 2021

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