A great commotion in the evergreens opposite, crows flying in from all directions. There had to be something interesting in the tree and eventually an owl flew out with a kite string of crows behind it. A medium sized owl from what I could see. It took the crows a while to settle, a raven croaked mournfully – in the same tree?
I was at the time deadheading – most of the Pinks have finished. I did move a bit of the Cheddar Pinks to the space around the Azalea Wren. Wren is definately not thriving. The early lilies are done but there are new ones coming into bloom almost daily. The Tradescantia is finished and I am hoping I have got the deadheads early enough to slow the take-over of all the other beds by Tradescantia. The exception is Sweet Kate, still in flower in Path it has been gorgeous. Harebells are finished. I lifted Peony Prince of Darkness again so that the crown is at earth level. In doing so I cut through its thick tuberous-looking roots – I had no idea that Peony roots looked like that (or have I just forgotten). It got some blood and bone meal and kelp granules to help it recover. It would be nice if it flowered! The Peony Ovalata will get the same treatment.
A humid day with thunderstorms racketing through in the early afternoon, then clearing. I turned the drip hose on for a couple of hours but didn’t get around to watering the containers – man(y)ana!
Lily African Queen Blooming
by the end of the day it was fully open
Clematis 'Black Prince' Blooming
climbing among the Boysenberry
Rubus ursinus x idaeus
Hemerocallis Big Smile? Blooming
this is an eye catcher with its sharp lemon yellow against the purple Berberis
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' Blooming
a mass of brilliant red taking over the Centre bed.
Hemerocallis New Tangerine Twist Blooming