The garden has been under seige for the last couple of weeks, due to both the heat and the new patio being built. Hopefully the patio will be finished this week and the mess will be cleared up. Because I just hate mess, and especially I hate skips!
But I am consoling myself with a few little miracles that make me smile in the garden. The first is a lavatera shrub that we moved a couple of weeks ago to another part of the garden to make way for the patio. We thought we might lose it, as it was just about to burst into bloom. I took some cuttings and we pruned it right back, dug it up and moved it. We left a few bits of growth, just to see what it would do, and hey presto, if it hasn't burst into bloom already!
Another plant which bowls me over with is beauty is this stunning delphinium, with its 'designer' two-tone colour scheme of 'eau de nil' and lilac. I just love it.
Here's another suprise - our lime tree has lots of new flowers. Of the three citrus trees that we bought recently the lime seems to be doing the best at the moment, which is ironic as we didn't actually order a lime tree - it was sent in error by the mail order company! The orange and lemon trees aren't showing any signs of fruiting yet, but we should have a lime at least!
Lastly, there's that little miracle that has started to appear every evening now as the sun goes down - the evening primrose. Ok, I suppose they are something of a weed, but I find it fascinating to watch them pop into bloom each evening, so we let a few of the myriad seedlings stay in the ground each year. One minute they're not there, and a few minutes later, there they are with their delicate, lemony, short-lived flowers. They seem to glow, as if trying to prolong the daylight.
Have a nice evening, everyone.