I checked over my efforts of yesterday this afternoon, and although the plants are a bit droopy the soil is still moist from the heavy watering and I have every confidence they will perk up again. Whilst thinking about watering I also made sure that my recent acquisitions were well-watered too, wondering if a location list might have been helpful! I have recently contacted both Crocus and Hayloft about plants that have not thrived – a rare occurrence for both companies but their customer service is excellent and they both responded immediately and positively to my emails, not even asking if the demise may have been due to neglect in the hot weather – keeping on top of exactly where my generous new planting has taken place this year has not always been easy!
Certainly thriving regardless of the weather is the bloomin’ yellow oxalis shown above, oxalis corniculata, which is prevalent in the rose garden – in the beds and in the cracks in the cobble paving. It’s easier to get out of the former but doesn’t take kindly to being teased out of the latter; nevertheless I collected a big bucketful today but won’t have seen the last of it. I was reading over the weekend that allowing it to flower is the worst possible thing you can do – be warned! On a prettier and more successful note I have been walking past this Sundaville and its neighbour for weeks without taking a photograph to show it off -it does get moved into the sitooterie over winter (where we have underfloor heating which I keep at 10°c – not that the inside air temperature would reach that) where both plants survive with the (very) occasional watering. The plentiful new shoots have been wrapped around the supports but I think they will just get bushier rather than taller – although I suppose they will have enjoyed (like many people) our relatively hot summer!