Most of us talk about what a bad year it was, what with fete's fairs and car boots being cancelled due to the weather. However, most of you will only remember that when it came to a weekend the weather turned and rained or it was too cold especially for gardening.
I took action when ever I could behaving just like the weather barometer where woman came out in good weather and man came out in variable weather. When it was sunny I went out into the garden obviously when rained I came back in or sheltered in the shed. Although it was still a hard year I have to agree.
I recall in March 2012 it was really warm - hot in fact! I had accomplished the lower borders by then tidying up the lavender beds, and watching the hens dig around and scratch on the car park.
Come Easter we had lost our best hen. With the dry weather in March and then a freezing cold Easter we wondered if we were going to get any summer at all.! April came and went albeit everything looked much greener, and surprisingly not dissimilar to this years weather pattern. I decided to surround my lavenders with a parterre of box.
May too was surprisingly hot! - too hot in fact to even plant the veg out!
May however was good enough to say we had a summer with red peonies and the azalea which flourished in hot weather.
Even our baby hens thought it was too hot they sought refuge in the large hole in the garden!
And then came June...... Blue Iris and the blue grey range of delphinium displayed their glorious colour!
Even my efforts for the Queen's Jubilee with an old fashioned red rose and love in the mist trailing through the rose came right!
Its late June and flowers flowers everywhere! My Sarah Bernhardt peony with its crunchy petals,
the Compassion and Perpetue Roses
Even my blue hostas had gone to flower!
and so lets reflect on weather we had a good summer or not? so far sow good!
It's the end of June I remember watching the Chelsea Flower Show and how cold and wet at times it was however some stunning garden design work really inspired me to keep going and get the look in my garden that I wanted in keeping with the property (naturally)
My efforts for potting up for a grand sale of plants included the nasturtium's which all flowered early.
In July I did not take many photos as the weather seemed to take a turn. The jet stream had moved and everything seemed to be getting tired, old and going to seed. saying this I enjoyed my 'mock orange' shrub with its heavenly smell, the echinops and alliums, plus the 'celebration cream and orange gladioli bought for me for the jubilee!
more later for the second half of the Year!