Mid-Summer and New Phase
The garden changes rapidly at this time of year with the glorious roses now rain-soaked and seemingly over which leaves the palette largely green. But a forest of Verbena bonariensis is about to bloom in the main parterre and there are pockets of colour elsewhere. Crocosmia Lucifer is opening with its extraordinary primitive flowers cheering up a shady border under the dark maroon leaves of Sambucus nigra.
Cistus ‘Sunset’ has been flowering since May and is likely to go on till October and is looking gorgeous.
And the herbaceous clematis C. Jouiniana Praecox, with its dark green leaves setting off pale violet flowers, is scrambling through empty spaces at ground level and looking very pretty.
A blight alert was sent by the site rep on the allotment so I sped down to lift the Charlotte potatoes and all was well. We had our first supper of spuds steamed and drizzled with butter and mint. They accompanied broad bean burgers, available from Ottolenghi’s book Plenty, but my photograph looked like a dog’s dinner so you will have to trust me on that.
But with a warm and wet summer vigilance regarding blight is necessary and the same for outdoor tomatoes. Greenhouse ones are less susceptible which is a relief since this is my first year and they are looking good but I’ll be checking them regularly.
And I keep picking this Few-Leaved Hawkweed growing against a garage door in the lane and I rather like the simple form.