There will be no gardening this weekend, the winds are too high and we have rain. Planting has been interrupted. I started planting mid-week by getting some dahlias into 20 litre pots and burying them in the borders (with the help of husband who had to dig the holes!). Four are in, one more will follow once it recovers from having most of its new growth munched by snails. Number six needs to decide whether it’s going to produce shoots or not. I suspect not. A further three small dahlias will be transferred into pots, to sit on the patio during the long, warm and lazy summer days that I’m dreaming about.
Some Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click Mix’ and three Achillea ‘Lilac Beauty’ have been planted in the same area as three of the dahlias, while in and around the greenhouse, plants are in various stages hardening off or just putting on weight. Several pots and larger planters have been filled too.
On Thursday I sat in the study with my lunch on my to desk to watch our First Minister give the first details about easing the lockdown in Scotland. It was much as expected, just a gentle easing in some areas, but it will give us a little bit of hope that we’re going to get through this pandemic. For gardeners, from next Thursday, garden centres will be allowed to open, but I won’t be hurrying to join the queues to get in. For me personally, I’m just not ready to face the big outdoors right now.
What I am looking forward to is having my nearby family allowed to come along and spend time with us in the garden, on a warm, sunny day. So…what’s the forecast for next Thursday onwards? 14-16C, moderate breeze, some light rain (just enough to water the garden please – and at night if possible) plus sunny spells. OK, I think I can cope with that.
Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’
Three mounds of H. Lime Rickey sit together in this border, two grown from divisions of the main plant over the past few years. Lime Rickey has nice little ruffled leaves, none which are currently lime, and many are suffering wind damage. But new, true-lime growth is pushing through, and its wavy flower spikes are always a welcome sight.
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’
These were planted around three years ago with plenty of added grit for drainage, but not all have reappeared this year, perhaps just too much winter rain fell on our heavy clay soil. They’ve returned in groups of two or just singles, and in some cases, there are leaves but no flowers. If they remain upright with the heads intact over the winter, I’ll lift them in early spring and replace them with fresh bulbs…and even more grit incorporated into the soil.
Clematis montana ‘Tetrarose’
This is a plant in the wrong place. The location wasn’t wrong when it was first planted, but subsequent planting that has grown around it has left it in too much shade. Despite watering and feeding, it hasn’t flowered much in recent years, and most of the flowers that do appear are in a nearby tree. It needs to be moved – it’s too pretty to be hidden away.
Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’ has been putting on weight and looking pretty good in recent weeks. She’s so photogenic and happy to scramble amongst nearby planting. In the shot below you can see one of the two rusty bows that are holding some of the stems upright. From a normal viewing distance, they’re not visible – I use quite a number of them throughout the garden – I like the way that they blend so well into the planting.
I bought a pack of six geum plug plants during early April, but they were in a rather sorry state when they arrive after a bank holiday weekend. I kept them in the greenhouse for a number of weeks where they’ve been growing well. I don’t expect to get a great deal of growth or flowers from them this year, but that isn’t important, as they were intended for next year’s planting.
Once up a time, where this clematis is growing there was a trellis, and on that trellis, there was a rose (Rosa Handel) and a clematis, variety unknown. But as I’ve mentioned before, this is a windy garden, and the trellis blew down in a storm, taking with it, the plants that had been climbing it. I think this clematis is possibly the one that had been on the trellis.
For the past few years, it has been scrambling around at ground level, just weaving in and out of border plants and over the ground. Last year it was starting to get in the way, and I was tripping on it, so I took a rusty bow (all I had at the time) and in early spring started winding the clematis around it. My technique left a bit to be desired, and it’s hasn’t given quite the effect I was looking for, but I’ll try again next year with a different support.
Polemonium caeruleum (Jacobs Ladder)
I seem to recall that this plant, which has been in the garden for a few years, didn’t do too well last year, so I bought some seeds of Polemonium ‘Blue Pearl’ and White Pearl Mix which I thought would be a good replacement. However, none of the seeds germinated, but, nice surprise, this year the polemonium bounced back and is flowering well.
Stay safe and stay healthy. 🌈 If it’s not too stormy where you are, enjoy your garden this weekend.
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