May 8th, 2017

rose

In the garden: the first rose of summer



Yes, roses, honeysuckle and clematis mingle happily on the house walls and foxgloves get taller every day. Yet all is not well in the garden. Late frosts caught hydrangeas, fuchsias and jasmine. We’ve had no rain for about two months and a cold wind seems to have been blowing for weeks. This combination has made the soil rock hard or dry as dust, so it’s absolutely impossible to think of planting out.

I spent part of this morning slashing all the pulmonarias to the ground, leaves and all. This helps prevent mildew later on. I weeded as I went round and continued my ceaseless task of pulling nettles which grow from the field right through the fence. Then my poor old legs gave up.