I decided to get a shot of the view in the morning today, as (surprise, surprise) rain is expected later. The sun just managed to add a bit of warmth to the photo before disappearing behind thick clouds again!
I think this view of the rockery has changed quite a lot since last week, but then I know every centimetre of it! Almost all the poppies have gone over now, some have been removed too to give the other plants some breathing space, and the red rose top centre is starting to flower. The white peony is almost over, while the lavender is just showing a hint of colour. And my new rose (centre) ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is flowering. The Centranthus ruber is in full bloom, but I am quite worried as I have only seen one solitary Hummingbird Hawk-moth on it so far. Normally there are several at a time throughout the day.
What changes have you noticed in your garden recently?
It would be lovely if any of you wish to join me in posting a photo of the same view of the garden week by week. Just put a link to your post in the comments here, so others can also enjoy your view!
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You’re having another similar day to here. It’s not raining yet but the clouds are building. Your rockery is full of colour. Here’s my link: https://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/tuesday-view/
We haven’t had any rain here either yet, but it is very cloudy. Thanks for joining in! 🙂
What a lovely hummocky view, Cathy! And some sunshine as well. I spent ages trying to locate the red rose that was about to come into flower – next week?
Oh I love that description of my slope Cathy – hummocky! I will have to use that word more often as it fits perfectly! I’ll zoom in on the rose next week. 😉
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The rockery is looks colorful, lush and healthy Cathy. No rain here lately. I took your challenge to join in, at least for a few weeks, with a look at the meditation circle. https://pbmgarden.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/the-tuesday-view-14th-june-2016/
Thanks for hosting.
Wonderful! Thanks for joining in Susie. Will hop right over to take a look! 🙂
Love your rockery, so many lovely plants and colours. Could have some zooms in too please?
I’ll zoom in on the rose next week if it is flowering well! 😉
This is such a beautiful garden bed, Cathy! The Centranthus ruber really makes a nice bold splash.
And today I saw one solitary Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the Centranthus. 🙂 I do hope more arrive soon while it is at its best.
They might be in a down cycle. It can happen periodically when the previous season was particularly challenging. Hope you see more!
Lovely! We’re away for a few days, so it will be nice to see the changes when we return. I’m pretty sure my pumpkin plant is plotting garden domination. 😉
You mean you have given your monster pumpkin free run without supervision? I hope you find your front door when you get home… makes me think of that old film ‘Day of the Triffids’ where the plants take over the world! LOL!
Oh, Cathy, you’ve plastered a big smile on my face. I love the image of a hidden front door. I took photos just before we left, so I’ll have a point of comparison. Stay tuned. Thanks for the smiles.
You’re welcome! 🙂
Cathy I will try to join you next Tuesday. I do like the neat mounds. What are the vertical posts?
I am so glad you asked about the ‘posts’… I think I will have to explain them next Tuesday as it is a long story… 😉
I do see the differences this week! I’m also interested in your concern about the return of the moths! I wonder what that is about? I always have great curiosity when I notice the changes to insects, butterflies and moths…we know it means something, but often, we really can’t be sure. I’ll be interested in your new posts! 🙂
Hi Debra. Our unusually wet June and extreme weather has certainly been a challenge to much of our wildlife. (It is raining yet again today.) Let’s hope there will be some nectar left for the hummingbird hawk-moths when they do appear. I think we are getting your share of rain as well as that of the entire southern hemisphere…. I’ll be sure to post images if and when the moths return!
Gorgeous rockery Cathy. I’m sure it looks lovely all year but it’s spectacular right now!
This is one of the best times to see it – and in July too, when the Russian Sage starts flowering too. 🙂
Good to see the return of a weekly view Cathy 🙂 I shall look forward to Tuesdays. It sounds as if like us you will be glad to see the back of the wet stuff.
Hi Anna. We actually only had a few drops of rain yesterday here – the first day without a torrential downpour for several weeks now! Let’s hope it finally dries up a bit for us all!
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Your comment about the absence of the hummingbird hawk moths is so interesting, I grow lots of red valerian (for them) and would normally have seen a few by now. Do you think the cold April set them back? They like fresh lavender too, but it’s not in full flower yet – at least behind previous years.
Good to hear of someone else who grows Valerian for the hummingbird hawk moths! I am afraid I am no expert, only an observer in my own patch, and the moths are normally here in large numbers as soon as the Centranthus opens. It is quite sad, as it has been flowering for a month now with no visitors – hardly any butterflies either. I have also wondered if the late cold was the reason, or in fact the extreme rainfall and storms earlier this month. I keep hoping I will go out one day and they will all be there busily feeding! Do take a look at a post I did a couple of summers ago with some shots of them: https://wordsandherbs.com/2014/10/01/a-butterfly-diary/
And thanks for visiting!
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