Green grows the grass

I had to take this photograph from upstairs to show the grass still green in the middle of July. Usually this space is more brown than green at this time of year, certainly last year we had had no rain for a long time and the grass was brown. This year the grass has been so wet that it could not be cut.

So many plants had made their home in the grass. The wild mint and Achillea make it perfumed to walk on but it has all been cut now to let me move in the garden without wearing wellington boots. The plants are doing well outside in the wild spaces and the side of the roads.

The bees are spoiled by the abundance of clover and other flowers that are blooming just now. The rain has stopped here and we are promised sunshine. At the moment the clouds are still plentiful but they are white ones and they let the blue sky through.

With the grass cut and fair weather in sight it is time to get to work in the garden again. That often means weeding and of course the weeds have been growing too.

I’ll be looking for places for some of the new plants that I have started off in patio pots. I have only the one colour of Fuschia in the garden and although it has done very well and we have split and replanted it throughout the garden, I am hoping this “Blue Sarah” Fuschia will prove as hardy.

The Carpenter bee has already given it her seal of approval even if she is “stealing” the nectar by boring into the source rather than bothering to go in by the conventional entrance. The hole she has opened will stay and be used by smaller, short-tongued bees, like some of the bumbles and honey bees, to give them easy access to the nectar.

16 thoughts on “Green grows the grass

    1. For months I have been laughing that all the rain seems to go north-east across France and miss our region most of the time. I was often jealous of their rainfall. I had no way of knowing if they really had been getting all that rain but it seems they had and the soil had been turned to mud even before they were hit with the catastrophic downpour. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be confronted with all that force of water. Amelia

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  1. Your” Ajuga” is actually Self-heal [Prunella vulgaris] another Labiate and beloved by the bees and hoverflies…
    The difference is, bugle spikes up from a rosette with the flowers opening in spaced rings of four… interleaved with leaves
    Self-heal throws up a flowerspike with a pair of leaves at the base, then what you’ve photographed, a rather box-shaped flowerhead.
    Lovely set of pictures….

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    1. We all try as best we can as gardeners but in the end a lot depends on the weather. Your cucumbers and tomatoes are good staples for summer salads. We are still getting rain here which is very unusual for August but I think next week it is due to change to sunshine. Amelia


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