Well, we finally got some rain, along with strong winds. It's such a relief not to feel I should be watering everything every moment of the day. There is still undercover watering to do, of course, but I expect that.
I did predict this as the schools have broken up for summer here and MrC has gone camping with a Scout troop. At least there is some chance of getting tent pegs in the ground.
There have been plant casualties but how far that goes remains to be seen. Every day for the last month I have found a new plant shrivelled or drooping, some have been saved but some not. Well established shrubs have suffered as well as new planting. We have barely had any rain for two months and that, along with high temperatures, has meant plants are struggling.
The water butts are filling up again, at least for now, so that will help the water bills a little.
The good news is that there is still plenty flowering. Many flowers love the hot weather as long as their roots can find some water.
Here is Cosmos 'Cupcakes' collected together in a vase with their own foliage.
Every bit as pretty as I'd expected and they last well as do the normal Cosmos. These are a mixed packet so each one is different pink and white and even a blush. Airy and delicate. I feared they would never flower as they produced lush foliage and not buds. I've discovered that it is too much nitrogen which produces this effect.
If I was Cathy I'd have a cupcake enhancing my photo but I need to have a baking session so none are available.
Also here are a couple of Dahlias. 'Cafe au Lait' - every florist wants to get their hands on this, I need plenty more tubers next year - and 'Thomas A Edison'. This dropped into my basket last autumn and has not disappointed.
I've even done indoor jobs today, without feeling I should be outside, some long overdue so now I must get on with the outdoor jobs. The sky is still threatening more rain.
Thanks for visiting. I'm linking with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday.