It hasn’t really rained heavily in East Sussex for about 10 days.Plus it has been very windy the past few days, blowing away any moisture that may have been left on the top-soil. This challenges many plants except those originating from the Mediterranean since they are adapted to long periods with no or very low rainfall.
Not having a regular supply of water is a real problem for traditonal bedding plants. If you are planning to visit your local nursery to buy summer bedding it is really important to bear this in mind.
Try to buy plants with silver/grey waxy leaves as they will cope better with a lack of water. Dont be tempted by the rows of traditional bedding plants that are in every nursery at this time of year - petunias, lobelia and bizzy lizzies require vast amounts of water to get them through a hot UK summer and they are just not suitable for climate change gardening.
Mediterranean plants will provide a much better consistent display in hot temperatures as well as being low maintenance without all that wasteful watering.There are many different flowering and non-flowering ones to choose - see the Mediterreanean plants lists on the Home Page.