We have had so much rain and hail in the last 4 or 5 weeks that the flowers have just been destroyed. We have had almost 3 times the average July rainfall and it's only the 20th of the month.The rain has come down in sheets and there has been flooding of streets and homes. We were flooded in 2005 and so we had to rip out our basement and we put in a sump pump and a gravity system I never want to go through that again. The weeds, lawn, bushes are growing like crazy! A few of my lilies survived without getting too hammered.
I have had poppies off and on for over 30 years. I didn't plant them but they have pretty well always been here. In the last 5 years or so I have been pulling them out as they had started to look really puny. Last year I probably had half a dozen tiny ones. Well, as you see below, this year they are back with a vengeance, and there are lots of them. They are back to how they use to be, huge and very full like very large carnations. Unfortunately the majority of them have come up where I just planted a bleeding heart, lupin and transplanted a rose, all of which I can't even see now. So, when they have finished flowering I'll be pulling them out before they develop the seed head. They are very beautiful though.
I made 11 jars of marmalade yesterday, forgot to take a picture! As I'm the only one that eats it it should last me a while. Very delish!! Bye for now.