early summer and conditions already challenging
The spring party's over, gone to seed. Despite the rain the sandy soil is drier than ever. Maybe it's because the rain washed away the top layer of compost and mulch.
Anyway no more rain for a while, I think, and the temperature is rising.
Lots to do. The problem is to decide where to start. One priority is to cut back the foliage on the fence when it blocks the footpath. Most people walking past don't carry a machete. Just as well, come to think of it.
|Canary Island Wormwood|
Sheets and sheets of droopy violets are strangling lots of things, and are no longer the least bit attractive, so bit by bit I've started pulling them out.
And of course as the annuals go to seed, I pull them out and need to cover that bare earth asap. If there were any worms, they'd already be cooked in the hot exposed soil.
There are lots of common brown butterflies. I've seen a few other butterflies, and a few damselflies. I haven't been quick enough to photograph them, so you'll just have to take my word.
|Smoke Bush 'Grace'|
|Kniphofia trianguylaris 'Shining Sceptre'|
|Alygyone heuglii Pink Form|
|Nigella Seed Pods|
|Opium Poppy Seed Pods|
I'm needing a break from blogging, so I wish all my friends in cyberspace happy christmas, happy hannukah, happy holidays, happy new year... or just happiness, however and wherever you find it.
See you later ...