June ended with a classic hay making episode here. 4 or 5 days of sunny warm weather were promised, so half the lower wet meadow was cut around tea time on Tuesday June 29th. June 30 was perfect haymaking weather – hot, sunny and windy. But then the inevitable happened – July 1st turned out to be cool, dank, grey and windless.
The hay sat all day, changing little. By then the forecast had changed with several days of showers forecast, from possibly the Thursday evening. In the end these didn’t materialise, and the hay was safely brought in by the Friday evening.
However, this meant that we weren’t full on haymaking as usually happens mid-summer, and so really enjoyed pottering in the garden, and admiring the changing scenes in the upper hay meadow, which progresses from day to day, as early flowers finish, the next wave start to emerge, and seeds are set.
In the lower meadow, the burnet moths emerged and nectared on the Common Valerian which has really expanded in numbers, this year.(Spot the orange mite.) Encouraged by how well and quickly a clump of Iris ensata has established in the upper pond, a few more cultivars have been added.
In the garden, the trial planting of a few Triteleia bulbs in the terrace garden has worked well, adding a vibrant splash of blue, and the rambling roses have put on their best ever show, as they expand upwards and outwards.