Wednesday, 1 June 2011

WIP Wednesday 43: June is Bustin' Out All Over

Even though we are in the driest part of Britain, according to the weather people, in April we had only 10% of the rain we usually have here, and now the word 'drought' is being bandied about - especially by the farmers who are preemptively seizing on the arid conditions as an excuse for higher prices.

So I was very glad to welcome a day and a half of much-needed intermittent heavy showers, not only to succour the farmers and the parks, but to somewhat dampen my rather clay-ey soil. it meant that today I could plant out a couple of bits and bobs I'd picked up over the last month or so.

I am trying my luck again with a Papillon lavender, having lost mine over the winter; a pretty little scabious, a purple-leaved spiderwort (tradescantia) and a beautiful golden one:

I am experimenting with with Hebe 'Heartbreaker' because of the flushed new tips:

Just about ready for early harvesting are Mini Diva's strawberries:

And just going over are my patio rose 'Sweet Magic' together with the chives ...

But there are other roses on the verge of busting out like the post title (super-kudos if you can name without Googling, where it was taken from):

Don't forget the hostess with the mostest WIPs ....Tami over at Tami's Amis.


  1. Yours is the second post I've seen today with ripe strawberries - ours are no where near being ready :(

  2. Looks like you were busy in the garden. Peachy/pink roses are my favorites. We did a little planting today too.

  3. Those strawberries look delicious! And the flowers are beautiful.

  4. Very nice pictures of your fruit & flowers!

  5. Those strawberries look pretty seriously yummy! :)

  6. It's a song from a musical, isn't it?

    I was relieved to see a plant I know... Up to the strawberries and roses, we were in uncharted territory for my plant knowledge.

  7. Marushka, my mother was a gardener, so I absorbed a lot through osmosis :-) And you get the kudos: it's from 'Carousel' :-)

  8. Oh, I got the quote but I was too late for the kudos ;)

    I'm a terrible gardener (black thumb!) so I'm very jealous of your beautiful pictures

  9. That Hebe Heartbreaker is awesome, as are your strawberries. Where's the jealous button? :)

    And I knew it was from a musical, but didn't know which one. Since my fugly fiber was an old skein of Carrousel, I probably won't forget it now. :)

  10. By keeping the cat out of the polytunnel (who wants to eat a shitty strawberry?!) I have allowed the mice to get in (nae strawberries for any of us)

    Mini Diva's look excellent - well done!

    Ali x

  11. how utterly having gardeing lessons from my green-fingered friend and have now got germinating seeds in radish, rocket, tomato and chili....fingers crossed for an urban harvest!

  12. Gorgeous garden and those strawberries are making my mouth water! Yum!


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