Most of the focus this week has been on hardening off plants. The pelargoniums and dahlias have been out during the day for around 10 days now, but every time I think it’s going to be safe to leave them out, the forecast slithers downwards and I have to put them back undercover.
The pellies are now at the front door, they’ve outgrown their greenhouse space and had to leave. Evicted, if you like. Overnight temperatures are looking pretty good right up until the end of the month, but if there are any drastic changes there’s always horticulture fleece. Right?
Now it’s the turn of all the small plants, mostly grown from seeds. The daily shuffle of moving them in and out of the greenhouse is a necessary task that can easily become a bit of a chore. I’ve been known to shorten the time between the plants being all cosy in the greenhouse and being planted into the often still-cold soil. This year, I’m hoping to get it right.
But enough of that, here’s my six for this weekend.
Choisya – Mexican Orange Blossom
The perfume from this Choisya is usually quite beautiful, but so far there’s not a whiff of scent from it. Perhaps it is just too cold at the moment…I wonder if it could hold onto its blossom for another week as it looks as though temperatures here are going to rise a little.
Choisya ternata might just be an ordinary garden shrub, but it’s beautiful when it flowers.
Farewell Tulipa Orange Princess, you’ve brightened up this garden for weeks, but it’s time for you to take a rest, and return, looking just as beautiful next year.
I didn’t notice the incredible beauty of the back of the outer leaves of Orange Princess until one morning this week. I was working my way around the garden, deadheading and generally tidying up and noticed how lovely the underside of the heads were. By that time they were all in the tub along with some weed and other debris, so I fished them out and put them into a little trug, which was the only thing I had handy.
I felt it looked a little bit contrived but at that point, it was that or nothing at all. The sun was strong and quite unforgiving, so I took a few shots inside the summerhouse, with sunlight flowing through the window.
This is the little clearing beneath Acer ‘Bloodgood’ and surrounded by various shrubs. We haven’t progressed much with my ideas to develop it since the local sawmill has been closed in recent weeks. When it reopens a neighbour will be going for some supplies and will bring us whatever is needed.
Once the base is in place I’ll plant the area and add bark. I’ve ordered Tiarella which will arrive in a few weeks and pre-ordered Erythronium Pagoda and White Beauty bulbs that will be here around September for autumn planting.
There probably won’t be any structure built in there, it’s a small space, and I don’t want it to feel over-enclosed. Rather than over-theme it, I’d like the focus to be woodland, with all its associated smells and sounds. I’d like the children use their imaginations to create their own visions of what this space is about, but I will add a few things to it, right now I’m just not sure what.
We added a few stepping stones this week. Beyond the fourth stepping stone is a second small clearing.
Inside the area there’s a few smallish ferns and hostas, but when I went in there a few weeks ago to add the little tree hugger, I spotted this lovely fern, happily growing in dappled shade.
A favourite spot
This bench is at the back of the garden and faces on to the rose bed. Partially surrounded by trees and shrubs it’s probably the most sheltered spot, and also the warmest as it gets full sun throughout the day.
I’m hoping to find time to sit there soon, in the warmth of a summer’s day, gazing onto the roses that should open in a few weeks time. It would be nice if lockdown restrictions were lifted by then, perhaps just enough so that we could have family join us. But I’m realistic and know that might not happen for some time to come.
I put pots of pelargoniums at my door every year, it’s a spot they seem to appreciate – facing the sun, sheltered from the winds and also the rain as the canopy over the house acts as a giant umbrella. Now that their period of hardening-off is complete, and night temperatures have risen, they’ve been placed at their favourite spot at the front of the house.
Wallflowers & Forget-me-Nots
The Forget-me-Nots will be fading soon, they seem to be lasting forever and they’ve been fabulous this year.
The wallflowers that are dotted around in little clusters are still doing their thing, though I’m definitely a bit over the top about wanting to tidy them up. Perhaps it would have made a bit of sense have some lower growing plants in front of them. I bought the plants bare-root, but I’m toying with the idea of growing from seed this year. That’s only a maybe.
That’s all I can show you for this Saturday, but be sure to check out all the other Six on Saturday posts which are from all around the world, and you’ll find plenty of ideas for your own garden. Enjoy your gardening weekend, and stay safe and healthy. 🌈
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