Posted: 14/07/2012 at 17:51
All the shrubs and trees are doing well. I think this wet weather will have saved a lot of them. The daylilies, penstemons, hardy geraniums, foxgloves, rambler roses, in fact most of the roses except for 2 climbing roses that are slowly giving up the ghost. I think the last 2 winters were just too much for them.They are looking decidedly sick. I don't know whether to prune them hard and feed, and hope for the best next year or remove them and replant next year. Most of my perennials look good, but the annuals I use for infilling are not in full flower as yet, just the odd bloom. We have had 2 relatively dry days with some sun so perhaps that will encourage them to get a move on.
Vegetables not so good. Potatoes are good, as are broad beans, runner beans, onions and lettuce, but the only carrots we have managed to grow are in a pot, nearly ready to harvest, we haven't any beetroot, sown it 3 times and got nowhere. Soft fruit has cropped well, blackcurrants and gooseberries especially. We are going to sow some winter/spring cabbage to see if that does any good.
You need to be an optimist to garden, just hope for the best tomorrow, it's a new day.