It feels like the summer months are flying away fast in a year that I have found to be a frustrating growing year. I cannot really complain as where some things fail or dwindle others will always excel. The roses have been very good, the lack of rain has meant the rose heads have not held water and rotted away, petunias, hydrangeas, begonias and geraniums have also been good and most of the herbaceous borders have done well even if they required a little help with water. My biggest disappontment this year is the black eyed suzie, after the bright orange one looking FABULOUS going over the pillar and receiving so much comment I planted another one in the same place and also planted a few in hanging baskets and quite frankly I am on the verge of binning them. What a differnece a year makes. The lack of continual warmth as we had last year andthey have not put on the growth or flowers as they had last year.

The open evnings have been going well and have been well received. The pruning course in particular proved extremely popular as did the pruning in the shade. Augusts open evening has Tim Rasell taking his final part of the pruning course (fully booked) and Ken Rawson is leading a discussion labelled “The Pessimistic Gardener!”, this may seem a bizarre title but I think it promises to be a really interesting informal chat about everybodies bug bears and little niggles, swopping problems and hopefully solutions that will leave people feeling much better about their own problems and inevitably more optimistic! There are still a few more places left on this talk so do ring to book yourself in.

I have already got people asking for and booking in their autumn bedding orders, do get your orders for wallflowers in as many of you were disappointed on getting the colours you wanted last year though we will have a lot more available for sale this year.

Though we are inbetween seasons at the moment for planting do come and pay us a visit, the nursery is looking good with lots of colour in the borders and The Tea House is here offering delicious lunches, drinks and cakes and there are still herbaceous and a few bedding platns available that just one or two can enliven a bed for the second half of summer.