Forget flaming June, this is super flipping sizzling Scorchio! I can’t remember a mid summer this hot since 1976. That year I got myself in rather hot water when I filled up my paddling pool and threw all my teddies and soft toys in it with me!

However I was only 5 years old, and I was convinced they all needed to cool down too. It’s been a challenge to keep plants cool too and I seem to be forever trying to keep up with watering on late evenings in the garden I can’t deny. My various water troughs installed to collect all the rain from my greenhouses have stayed empty, so it’s been a case of hose-pipe to the rescue.

However, this incredible hot high-summer weather has meant that my plants are probably a good full month ahead of themselves, with hot pink Sweet Peas ‘Robert Uvedale’ already going completely nuts, Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ well into it’s stride, my Martagon lilies (and a gorgeously sumptuous brand new variety called ‘Corsage’) bursting their buds, and even the very first heads of my ‘Harlequin’ sun-flowers and Cosmos ‘Dazzler’ popping all over the show.

Normally this is unheard of in my garden until at least mid-July.

The dahlias and marigolds are revving up nicely too, so it’s full steam ahead –  the #totalflowerfest has begun and I’m #lovingeverymoment.