Here in this little corner of the world, we’ve had another week of glorious sunshine and the hose has been in use all week. Until Thursday the sunshine was accompanied by very strong winds that battered the plants and made photography somewhat difficult – but in spite of that, no one here would dare trade the winds for rain!
This is our 6th week of social-distancing and so far we’re holding up well. The garden and the good weather have been our lifeline. We miss our family, but we’re all hanging in there with FaceTime and Zoom. We get together for a family quiz night at the weekend and it’s always full of laughter. It’s also clearly apparent who are the oldies in the family, not from the wrinkles on our faces but the lack of knowledge of recent Disney films.
Here are my six for this weekend.
All my Peony-flowering tulips, which have been grown in pots, are starting to flower. In this garden, they always grow better in pots than in the soil. I love the display that they create, and it’s a huge bonus that they can be moved to any part of the garden so that they can be viewed in various locations, sometimes with different companions.
I feel they’re not as natural-looking as when they’re in the ground, so although I’ll continue to plant the bulbs into pots around November, I think I’ll have another go at putting some in the ground for next spring’s display.
The nights have been cold, but with no indication of frost on the horizon, I pulled my old indoor terracotta pot out of the cupboard and put it between the two geums in the pebble border. This is the third year that I’ve created this same little cameo group, but I don’t tire of it. It will look different as the months go on when planting grows up behind it. For the moment, I like it just as it is.
Amelanchier ‘Ballerina’ is in bloom and it’s been a glorious sight. The blossom wasn’t long in being carried away with the wind, but for a little while, it was a joy to look at. Usually, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ provides a fairly solid background for any photographs that I take of it, but this year the Amelanchier is a little bit early, and the Acer is a little bit late. How inconsiderate of them both.
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
This is my one and only Acer, something I should put right. Every garden needs more than one Acer…right?
The leaves are not fully opened yet, and more will come as the weeks progress. On a dull day its colour can look quite brooding, but when the sun hits those leaves, they glow blood red. You can’t help but love it.
Finally, they’re in bloom! I have just one pot of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – this year is all about finding out what I really like, what I kind-of like and what I don’t like. Thalia, I like you…lots…so onto the autumn shopping list you go.
This is a fairly young tree that we planted about four years ago. It’s a bit gangly and difficult for me to photograph because I’m small and it’s tall. The winds this week have also been a bit cruel to its petals. But I managed to get a few shots.
Wherever you are, I hope the sun shines down on your garden this week. Stay safe, stay happy. Remember to clap for the NHS next Thursday, at 8pm!
If you want to join in with Six on Saturday around the world, here are the details:
ABOUT SIX ON SATURDAY
Six on Saturday is like a weekly journal. Take six photographs and post them to Twitter and/or your blog. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up. If you want to join in and see what everyone else is doing in the garden, just follow the link!
All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.