A lot of us are suffering from the same lack of rain, but the East of England seems to be getting a rather short straw as usual. We’ve had nothing here, other than the briefest of showers, since April. Temperatures have been high, fluctuating between high twenties and just short of forty deg C. Brisk winds aren’t helping either. 😦
I am doing targeted watering daily, mostly veg, but also vulnerable trees. I am also making a point of keeping watering holes topped up with water: Shallow gravel dishes (for the pollinators mostly) and bird baths full (for the birds largely). So that’s the first of my Six …
1) Watering Holes
Water sources are obviously being appreciated by the local wildlife in this weather. They are continuously busy. A variety of birds enjoy the bathing facilities. The number and mix of breeds change from second to second! The combinations are such fun to watch. Mostly they get on with each other, regardless of species, but there are some stand offs and posturing. Nobody goes near the big, fat wood pigeons when they come down.
2) Purple Kohlrabi
Here’s a crop that I am not very familiar with: Kohlrabi. They look ready to pick, don’t they?
Then what? I am leaning towards using it raw, in a shredded salad, like a coleslaw. Any other suggestions (polite) ?
3) Verbena hastata
This Verbena hastata ‘Rosea’ was grown from seed last year, but never really got going. I planted them out in late spring and they are doing really well now, obviously liking the hot, dry conditions.
4) Dwarf pomegranate
Our dwarf pomegranate (Punica granatum var. nana) looks like it may even be setting fruit properly this year. Again, it is liking the heat. I do keep it well watered though as it is growing in a pot (which moves in to the glasshouse for winter).
5) Eupatorium ‘Baby Joe’
‘Baby Joe’ is a new experiment this year. I bought it partly as I liked the name 🤣, but mostly as I didn’t want a 6-7 footer in the garden. Eupatorium dubium ‘Baby Joe’ has got to about 75 cm so far and should stay that way. I’ve not noticed a scent yet.
6) Good old Cobaea scandens!
I had to re-buy seed for this climber, as it didn’t set seed for me a few years back and I then gave it a miss for a while. However, I fancied bell covered arches in the vegetable patch this year and I am happy I did. It is growing strongly and has plenty of flowers coming. This is the first to open though.
I couldn’t resist ending my ‘Six’ post with a cute 7th photo of some other visiting littlies … making the most of water in the garden recently!
Many thanks to Jonathon for hosting Six on Saturday, in spite of the inevitable hot summer malaise that is taking hold of many gardeners currently. Hop across to his blog to check out how people are coping with their dry gardens or even how the lucky wet ones are doing!
Have a good week! Rain dances all round!!