Liz’s Tulip poplar…Here in Lexington, Kentucky I’ve seen my tree make significant progress as it has grown a foot in the past month and is now well over four feet high. There are plenty of distinctive shaped leaves that start off pale green and then darken.
Note the raindrops on the leaves as, unlike many parts of the UK, there has been a lot of rain here recently, so much that it has caused severe flooding in places.
My usual thanks to Mike for letting me guest post.
Flighty’s Dogwood (Cornus)…This tree has really filled out since last month but the numerous flower buds have yet to start opening.
What is apparent is that that the lack of water here has affected this tree as a few of the leaves are already starting to go red which they don’t normally do until the autumn.
Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.
Have a good weekend!
Using a couple of watering cans I water all round once a week if there’s been little or no rain. In between times I only water plants, such as climbing beans and tomatoes, that need doing more often.
As I’ve mentioned previously there’s been little significant rain here for months and I hope that it isn’t a sign of a forthcoming wet summer. I’d rather that it stayed dry than have that happen.
It’s noticeable that some plants are becoming stressed, like the crocosmia as the leaves are going brown.
Thankfully the perennial cornflowers and sedums are still looking good.
The forecast is for sunnier and warmer weather later in the week, but only a few light rain showers one afternoon.
Have a good week!
has been fairly miserable weather-wise being mostly chilly and overcast with some rain at times. The latter has been welcome though as it was the driest winter for twenty years and spring was no wetter. Although the ground is damp a few inches down the surface is starting to get dusty and cracks are already appearing.
The poached egg plants (limnanthes douglasii) will soon be showing as a carpet of white and yellow flowers buzzing with honey bees.
The rose ‘Pretty Lady’ is covered in flower buds and the first few flowers appeared right at the back end of last month, which is the earliest I’ve ever seen them.
Have a good weekend!
There was a frost early on Thursday morning which didn’t last long, and wasn’t very hard, but seemed to affect a number of plants quite badly. I walked round the site and noticed that asparagus, fig trees, grape vines, hydrangeas and potatoes had all suffered. It was surprising to read on various online gardening forums and groups that even some plants that had been covered with fleeced or were in polytunnels had been affected. On the plot new growth should appear on the potatoes within a couple of weeks, and the hydrangea should soon recover. I’m not so sure about the grape vine.
On a happier note it’s good to see the perennial cornflower (centaurea montana) is flowering and the poached egg plant (limnanthes douglasii) flowers now appearing.
In the stone feature the red valerian (centranthus ruber) is growing well.
Have a good week!
The temperature dipped to around zero for a while early this morning so I was thankful to see that there hadn’t been a frost and all was okay when I looked round.
Afterwards I’d started doing some plotting when something over my left shoulder caught my eye. When I looked round I found that it was a fox drinking from the the washing-up bowl pond by the log pile.
When it had finished it then came closer and went onto the potato patch.
It was only about ten feet away and stood there looking around and at me before it turned, went across where I’ll be growing the climbing beans and headed off the plot.
This is the dark one we’ve been seeing recently, but now has a mostly light-grey coat and looks in fairly good condition.
I was delighted to see this wonderful animal close-up and take a few photos.