In a week that has been both quite stressful (parcel delivery fails; flat battery on my car requiring a visit by the AA, and a handbrake that doesn’t hold on a steep hill (like the one that leads to our village) and also quite pleasant (warm and sunny weather, meeting up with friends not seen for 2 1/2 years) it is good to just relax and potter in the garden this weekend. (I won’t mention the hay fever snuffles). This is my selection for this week’s Six on Saturday.

The first lavender flowers of the year. Not as abundant as previous years at this time but plenty of buds waiting to open.

Pots on the Patio – back and front views.

Heucheras – bought at the same time from the same garden centre in 2019. ‘Berry Smoothie’ has been a very poor performer and had to be nursed back to life in the Tiny Greenhouse over last winter. It has one final chance!

Campanula and alyssum make a lovely display spilling over the wall by the gatepost

Peonies have such a short flowering period that I had to have some (again) in this week’s SoS. The single flower is from the Shady border at the rear of the house; the two groups are from the front border (after I’d tied them to a stake to stop them flopping).

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours
With a little understanding, you can find the perfect blend

(Tony Hatch / Jackie Trent)

Hare or rabbit? It was too far away to tell, but I’m hoping it won’t be able to jump a three-foot wall and eat my lettuces!

It’s the summer solstice in three days. A time to take stock, to see what – so far – has done well, and what hasn’t. A time to plan and to plant. If we could have some decent rain either side of the day itself, that would be wonderful.