My Little Garden 11th July 2020

The first week after the lifting of lock down restrictions didn’t really feel much different to any other week, apart from the fact that my time management has gone to pot. For the first time in over 3 months we’ve had grandchildren to look after for a couple of days and I realised that I need to be much more organised than I have been of late! The eldest two who are seven and five arrived at 8am on Wednesday morning, so we did some school work in the morning and then had a trip to the farm at Tatton Park near Knutsford in the afternoon. Home schooling is clearly working out for them and I was hugely impressed to see how well their reading and maths skills have developed over the last few weeks. Their cousin, the nearly four year old, came the following day and we had a fabulous puddle jumping walk to the park.

In the garden, it’s been raining every day and very few photos have been taken. I’m happy to say though, that the grass is very green and the agapanthus is very blue. Better photos of this beauty will follow next week so these are my Six on Saturday choices for today.

1.In one of the very brief spells of sunshine, I had a few butterfly visitors. This Small White was looking a little battered but very appreciative of the verbena.

Verbena bonariensis

2. This is a white phlox that until recently was hidden away behind a climbing hydrangea. Like the other two phlox in the garden it is flowering prolifically this year. I haven’t noticed the pretty pink tinge to the petals before.

Unknown white phlox

3. The pink phlox is VERY pink and the bright green leaves of the philadelphus behind set it off beautifully.

Unknown pink phlox

4. I am really, really excited about this bud. It’s the first time an echinacea has survived the winter in my garden and I will be checking it daily for progress.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinstern’

5. The penstemon is doing fantastically well, as always, in it’s container. I also have ‘Raven’ and ‘Sour Grapes’ but they start to flower a little later.

Penstemon ‘Firebird’ or ‘Schoenholzeri’

6. And this is a lovely jumble of achillea, sanguisorba and anemone in the south facing part of the garden.

And that’s it for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed a quick look at my garden highlights and for more ‘sixes’ take a look at the site of the creator of this weekly collection. His Six on Saturday is always an excellent read and there are many more photos and blogs on twitter under the hashtag #SixonSaturday

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/

Have a great weekend!

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