Sophie Raworth rather Poo-pood orange flowers at this year's Chelsea flower show but I like the bright colour just outside the back door.
I have been lucky to rescue the lillies from red lily beetles. For about a week when they were in bud I had to check them twice a day, remove the little devils and squash 'em. The marigolds are a bit leggy but are worth the 75p investment in seeds.
18 months ago my husband had given up on this standard fuschia. He had nursed it from a "whip" to make a standard for about 2 years, It had blown over and snapped and was not doing well. Loath to throw it out I stunk it in the back of the green house and it enjoyed the mid winter and it re-sprouted. It got re potted to a more substantial decorative tub to avoid any more accidents, pruned and fed and it is now doing really well.
The raised bed I wrote about some weeks when we installed it has now filled out with flowers. We spent a bit extra on good seed for snap dragons and they are having delightful dual coloured flowers.
We planted some shelter hedging along the exposed side of our field area and the Escallonia has rewarded out care of it with loads of flowers this year.
Not every thing is going well. This is my miserable pea crop. Two packets of seeds and I have a few stunted plants. Weather mostly. Its a good job frozen peas are so cheap!
Runner beans are having flowers and making their way up the sticks.
If this is a jolly post its because I am watching Jeff Lyne ELO at Glastonbury very loudly and it is fab! Can't believe he has never played that before.