Garden Views-07-July 2021

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.

Which was just as well as the next 7 days of the month saw rain fall each day, with not much sunshine, other than first thing in the morning.

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.

The first brood of swallow chicks flew on July 1st, and unusually chose the house’s ridge tiles to rest and be fed by eager parents.

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.

As is often the case, the first 10 days of July is slightly short on flowers, as we wait for the next waves of mid-summer perennials to really kick in.