|Sorbus Autumn Spire - June 2015|
The flower buds are just about to open and the foliage is certainly not as fresh as it was at this time last month. The entire garden has been taken a fair walloping from the recent winds. They have been relentless. Today has been the first day for weeks that has been calm.
Checking back my 2014 records, I think it's fair to say that I have been wrongly assuming that many of the plants are weeks behind. In reality they are no more than a fortnight behind. The cold weather has not affected as many plants as I'd thought it had. Thus far I have seen no pollinators or pests on or around my tree. Pollinators have been very scarce and sadly greenfly are affecting many of the plants around the garden. Aphids are generally not prolific in my garden but this year it's quite bad. I have ceased feeding the birds for now in the hope that they'll help keep them under control. Late frosts obviously did not kill them off. Sorbus, from what I have read, are susceptible to aphids, blister mite and sawfly. I shall have to keep a close eye on those aphids and I need to do a bit of reading up on the blister mites and sawfly so I am familiar with the damage they cause.
Nearby, Viburnum sargentii Onondaga has started opening those bronze buds.
|Viburnum sargentii Onondaga|
A favourite of mine at this time of the year this globe flower, Trollius x cultorum Cheddar is also blooming.
Finally the early evening sun provides a bit of light and shade.