The dahlias are just starting to make an appearance. I grew some last year for the first time because my mother gave me a few tubers. I have memories of my step-father loving tending them; feeding them; staking them; digging them up in Autumn and wrapping them in newspaper to overwinter in the airing cupboard! It seemed like a mammoth task to me! Well, I didn't do any of those things - I dug a hole, bunged them in then enjoyed the blooms.
Mum gave me some Gladioli bulbs too:
Some of the Sunflowers are reaching stupid heights. I've grown masses of them at the allotment to dry out for wild bird seed.
The rose arch is doing well. We planted two red roses (Jazz) on the house side and Honeysuckle at the back. The roses are enjoying their second bloom. I met Ann Bird (ex President of the Royal National Rose Society) this week. I don't think she would be very impressed with my black spot!
Then there are the Marigolds .....
..... and I still have my Pineapple Lilies and my Red Blob which turned out to be Scabious:
Visit Carol at May Dreams Garden for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.