Monday, 8 August 2022

Height of Summer

 My three word gardening post this month shares warm colours, plentiful bounty and fading blooms in the height in summer. Some things didn't make it through the heatwave but others have hung on.

My Lilly pots were buds as we went on holiday but they showed us their beauty when we got back. I had no idea what colour they would be, they were in a mixed bag my mum gave me for my birthday way back in January, but they are mighty. All gone now though.

My table vase has continued to delight. This week I am still picking sweet peas but with a new addition of cranberry cosmos and delicate gaura, this one is called 'The Bride'. This vase is scented with some bronze dill which has started to fill out.

My friend Beth did a sterling job of keeping the veg patch going over the heatwave. We came back to tomatoes, French beans, courgettes and potatoes.

I picked nine jars of beetroot but had to compost quite a few because they had bolted. Otherwise it was a good harvest.

We are on our next variety of lettuce. I love this type of lettuce with homemade salad cream - it feels like a taste from mt childhood.

We used the last of the smaller strawberries to make smoothies. Yum.

Our hay is all in.

It is the height of summer and time to enjoy the sunny moments.

Jo xxxx


  1. You have had a wonderful harvest of fruit, veg and flowers this year Jo. The lilies are lovely. I must try some in the garden next year.

  2. Congratulations on your harvest, it hasn’t been an easy year for it. I love your green top!

  3. Your comment about the lettuce resonated with me. My dad grew that type of lettuce and I had salad cream on it with homegrown tomatoes from the greenhouse and homegrown cucumbers and pickled beetroot - you have brought it all back. Lovely flowers. My sweetpeas are over, but there are cosmos and dahlias now and a lone zinnia that I saved from the snails. I have discovered that the little chocolate cosmos is a favourite with bees which has made me happy. CJ xx

    1. I have tried so many times to grow a chocolate cosmos and it has never thrived in any of the three gardens I have had since leaving home 30 years ago! Enjoy yours. X