The coolness of spring and summer so far have had few advantages. One of them has been that although we had to wait a long time for anything to bloom properly in our garden, once it did bloom, the flowers lasted longer than if it had been hot.
Unfortunately, central Europe has been affected by an Asian pest known as the “box tree moth” in the last few years (since 2007) and sadly, reached my garden this year. Five of the six large, trimmed box bushes I’d been cultivating for 15+ years were affected and before we knew where we were, they were so decimated, they had to be removed and burnt. One remains and is guarded and sprayed fiercely! The others have been replaced by six smaller box bushes, which we will also actively protect and hope that they soon grow to similar proportions 🙂
So this has been my small garden this spring – we find it quite delightful!