Posted: 17/07/2012 at 19:46
I've just joined the forum and would like to say how much I'm enjoying the interaction here. I am daily learning something new - can't be bad! This difficult gardening year has given me much pause for thought. In Edinburgh, to date (17th) we have had 140% of our average rainfall and our July sunshine has amounted to 4 hours. My gardening hours and hours have been reduced to minutes! My strawberries are still green. I have given over the redcurrants to the birds as this has been a far more difficult and life threatening year for them than it has been for me. The planned re-siting of my veggie patch during this season hasn't even started yet, BUT ..... my flower garden has saved my sanity. The delphiniums have been sheltered by my Purple Acer, which has sacrificed its wellbeing and taken the brunt of the weather. The always reliable Alchemilla Mollis and Nepeta survive everything thrown at it. My 15 year old Rosa Alba has never flowered so well, every 2-3 days I'm removing 100+ dead heads with plenty more still to come.Despite the deluges and lack of sunshine the growth has been sumptuous, the greenery is SO lush and some plants and rose bushes, though being late to start flowering, are really going for gold now and lift the heart! In short - this year has crystallised what I have long known .... I need my garden far more than my garden needs me!