This week has been gloriously hot and sunny. I say glorious – I mean in a factor 40, hat wearing, fair skinned, avoiding the midday sun, good for barbecues but not ideal for the garden sort of way. Watering has taken forever and we have had to plant out the last of the plants in the evening so the poor things didn’t have to take the full blast of the sun.
But it has been enjoyable too, with social gatherings around the barbecue, and evenings sat outside after the sun has gone down still enjoying the atmosphere. What I wish I spent more time doing is sitting in the shade of our pergola. The clematis has smothered the southern side and is marching to take over the rest – which is great since I worried we had killed it when we put the pergola up and had to cut the clemmie back hard only last year.
Inside is a delight – sitting on a lounger amongst the hardy geraniums and granny’s bonnets, with bumble bees busily working their way around, and the flowers of the clematis glowing with the sunlight that I am shielded from. I promised myself the next spell of good weather I will spent more time lurking in there!
And it must be summer because the elderflowers are out – I have started my first batch of elderflower champagne, ordered a lot of citric acid for cordial futures and we had our first elderflower fritters of the season,
Rain promised over the next few days – which the garden desperately needs, so no summer shade for me for a while.