The water situation, that is. We haven't had rain for weeks and have had hot sun instead.
Things which I regard as tough plants are starting to wilt and smaller, shallow rooted ones have frazzled.
As I pour the washing up water over the garden, I have renewed sympathy and understanding for those of you who live where this heat is normal. With no rain forecast and water butts pretty much empty, I continue to water selectively knowing I will lose things but is not possible, or probably sensible, to water everything.
On the bright side - slug damage is practically nil and I have picked dwarf French beans which are normally devastated.
Many things are blooming and I've gone for cool colours rather than the brights Cathy chose.
I used another of my 'Constance Spry' vases. I found these lilies difficult to get in the right place. Of course the buds will open and change the look every day. They have been grown in my poly tunnel and thrive on neglect. The same bulbs have been there for three years.
I pulled off the pollen from the ends of the stamens but actually, I think it spoils the look of the flower. If anyone is going to get pollen stains on clothes and carpet though, it will be me so was probably a sensible precaution.
My Flower Farm crops are doing well. They have had more water in the last few weeks than the main garden while I try to keep little plants alive. Here is part of it, in case you are interested. There is another bed the same size behind this planted with smaller plants. I also have dahlias and sweet peas elsewhere as well as flowers in the poly tunnel so plenty to cut.
Taken in the middle of the day but you can see the grass is suffering. I've even found shrivelled weeds.
I certainly picked a challenging year to start. (Really, I think all years are challenging in different ways).
For plenty of fun and fancy vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a vase on Monday.