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 Temperatures are expected to get into the 30s again today but this morning I’ve been for a walk around the garden and it felt lovely and fresh and cool with a little mist in the air. I hope the plants have also benefited from this respite from the heat.  This is a view of the shady end of the rose garden looking towards the oak tree and the rhododendron borders it’s looking a bit autumnal   The persicaria is flowering. It’s a bit of a thug and wood happily make a move to take over the whole border but I keep a close eye on it and make sure it behaves itself.  I bought it from a NGS garden as ‘son of firetail’. They certainly had plenty of it for sake.  The roses have started to repeat flower. This is Margaret Merril just opening and looking much more like Champagne Moment.  Now back to reality with a bit of a bump. Those rhododendrons under the oak tree are suffering. I would guess they have been there since the 1970s at least and could be older. They don’t like this weather and have


It's going to be a quick one this week.  I've been busy primping and preening ready for the village open gardens on Sunday and I've not left myself much time to write this post.  After weeks of trying to squeeze extra things into my allotted six, I'm now going to have to be brief.  Ironic, no?

Numbers one to four are the Long Border.  I've written about it before, and how I based it on Gertrude Jekyll's design for her garden at Munstead Wood.  She trained as an artist before she turned to gardening and was au fait with the latest colour theories.  She designed these borders to start with white and blue..........

Snapdragon, Delphiniums, Rue and Aruncus

moving from pale to deeper yellow...

Coreopsis, Achillea and Monarda

Then it's on to the reds and oranges...

Lychnis, Nasturtiums, Lilies

before returning to yellow and then blue.

Agapanthus, Clematis, Anthemis

My number five spot goes to these tomatoes.  I may have found the answer to our Six on Saturday compost dilemma.  I used Jack's Magic, which used to be peat based, but has been reformulated.  I mixed it 50:50 with garden soil to plant my tomatoes in and so far I've been really pleased with it.  They are looking really good this year.

I'll certainly be buying it again and seeing how it performs with other plants.

Finally it's got to be roses I think.  They are starting to go over and I've lots of dead heading to do.  It's a case of enjoying it while it's here.  This is Buff Beauty.

That's all for this week.  I'll be back with my usual waffle next week.  In the meantime there's more to see on The Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday whether he is running a marathon or only training for one!



  1. It all looks splendid and visitors are in for a treat. I hope it goes well.

  2. As Graeme said it all looks fabulous. I love your long border and I'd love to be one of the visitors, they are in for a wonderful time.

  3. Good luck with the garden visit, hope to hear how it went next week.

    1. We haven't done it for four years because of Covid, so it will be very different having the garden full of people when usually it's just me.

  4. This compost seems effective! Your tomatoes look tasty. I've been eating mine for a week
    Good luck for the open garden !

    1. The open gardens went well, but someone ate my nearly ripe cherry tomato (singular) 😲

  5. I'm sure your visitors will be in awe of those long borders, which are all looking in their prime.

    1. I had a lovely time chatting with the visitors.

  6. A beautiful border, I’m sure your visitors will have been full of admiration. I’ve been trying different composts and being mostly disappointed so I’ll have to search that one out.

    1. I've been so disappointed with the peat free composts I've tried. I really hope this one proves to be good in the long term.


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