Having just had a very hot week (well, hot for the UK) and then torrential rain yesterday, some plants are flowering a little earlier than they would normally. Above is Agapanthus Navy Blue.
Here is Agapanthus Silver Baby which has the faintest tinge of baby blue to the edge of the flowers. I would normally expect them to flower in August. Incidentally, they didn't flower all that well last year and this year, I potted them on. Listening to an Agapanthus grower on TV at one of the RHS shows, it seems that they need to be potted on annually, split when they get too big and given space (rather than being crammed in, which was the general wisdom) and fed. It has made a difference to mine this year, so I need to add that into the Spring maintenance schedule.
My lovely Hibiscus Oiseau Bleu is flowering earlier than in the past. It looks like it has leaned over a bit this year or maybe it is just bigger so it seems to be taking up more space.
My blue hydrangea is looking lovely and still blue, which is encouraging.
Clematis Blue Angel is flowering away (even if some of the petals have been eaten by marauding snails).
Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle is flowering beautifully too. I cut her back really hard in Spring, but she has responded well.
Hydrangea Dark Angel is also putting on a good show.
Hydrangea Little Lime is a new to me plant with lime green flowers which age to pink. So far, it is doing well.
Hydrangea Merveille Sanguine is also looking good...
with the creamy green flowers which age to a fuchsia pink.
Finally, on this Hydrangea-fest, here is 'Fireworks', flowering well.