If you're looking for some easy to grow flowers for cutting with a big "wow" factor you can't go wrong with gladioli. I planted some new bulbs this year and they are all starting to flower now. "Faro" is a beautiful lavender colour and "Greenstar" is a lovely chartreuse, changing to yellow as it ages. I've also grown lots of the darker, velvety ones like "Plum tart", though after a few years they tend to produce hundreds of tiny new plants and I need to dig those out and start again with new ones.
I should have staked them, but didn't get round to it as usual. They seem to be doing ok though, squashed in with the self seeded fennel and crocosmias.
It's all getting a bit jungly in the veg plot and needs a serious tidy once the Olympics are over.
The echinops flowers are covered in bees all day.
I've noticed a few ladybirds with very large black markings. Are they Harlequin ones I wonder?
While being glued to the tv for the past couple of weeks, I've managed to "almost" finish my blanket. I've done a plain treble border, but want to add something more interesting. Maybe a bobble or tricot in red? Still thinking about that, and then there's all the ends to tidy :(
Bye for now!