One thing I always feel at this time of year is anticipation. I can see buds forming on my hemerocallis and agapanthus, the annuals and tender perennials I use for later summer interest are bulking up well and starting to show a little colour and my white macrophylla hydrangea - I think it's Mme Emile Mouillere - is beginning it's long period of summer flowering. I'm glad it's survived the rigours of the last two winters - and a period of neglect when I've had not time to tend the garden.
I'm equally glad to see the survival of another old favourite. The abutilons with pendant, bell like flowers are far more tender than hydrangeas. I bought this one as 'Hinton Seedling' many years ago and it's survived in the garden ever since. Even the latest harsh winter only defoliated the plant and caused some die back of the stems but it's recovered well enough to produce its first 4 cm long flower of the season. Once it starts flowering it doesn't stop till late autumn. I've even had flowers at Christmas. I took this specific photograph a few years back but every year the display is equally as good.
|Abutilon 'Hinton Seedling' ? or is it 'Patrick Synge'|
|Abutilon 'Kentish Belle'|