I spent about three hours this morning tidying up after the heavy rain we've had recently - pruning out all the drooping, damaged stems of the lovely pink lupin and gorgeous irridescent blue delphiniums. Overall the plants have survived very well, though some of the bedding plants in pots and baskets are looking slightly dishevelled. The wind today will dry them out a bit.
There ARE some gorgeous looking plants in the garden at the minute. One I'm particularly happy with is Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'. There are so many shades and textures in this one plant that I can't stop looking at it.
And the bees seem to love it too.
The beauty of nature always amazes me, and it's a constant source of inspiration and pleasure. Wandering around the garden, looking at the gorgeous flowers and the wildlife going about it's everyday business really lifts my spirits. I couldn't be without it!
Another plant which is proving popular with the bees is Hebe 'Wiri Dawn'.
And this oriental poppy is so delicate I'm really surprised that it's survived all the bad weather we've had in the last few days. There is so much detail in the flower and the colour is beautiful. I love it!