There is nothing nicer than a bit of colour in the garden, especially in dusty, hot July. In this intense heat the vegetables are struggling to look good, they are good mind you, they’re just a bit listless and brown around the edges visually. The lack of shade in the main area of the garden is to blame for their tired looking condition, however in the garden’s corners it has been possible to create some vibrant colour via the roses, flowering bulbs, annuals and perennials. Somehow, despite the heat, they manage to hang on to their luster and offer welcome colour amid the flagging vegetable plants . I thoroughly enjoy tending the vegetables but a garden without a couple of flower beds overflowing with gorgeous colour just doesn’t seem right somehow.
This red rose is one of the climbing roses that we bought during our visit to the garden centre last month. I’m so pleased we chose this one, I can’t wait for it to cover the barn trellis.
Freshly picked flowers are just the best and in the absence of gladioli (they won’t be long now) I have the delightful sweet peas to adorn my dining table, their scent is just wonderful!