Brrr…just as well I didn’t pack away my winter clothes. A drop in temperature of 12 degrees causes dismay at any time of the year, but in early June when most of the tender plants are in the ground it’s an unwelcome shock. I’ve had to don a fleece and a jacket again when I had been enjoying working in a lightweight summer shirt. There’s little doubt that that the change in weather will have slowed down growth but hopefully the plants will be strong enough to hold their own with this chilly, and very windy spell of weather.
Weather aside, the garden’s getting into the mood for summer, with roses beginning to open their buds, and some annuals also showing their pretty faces.
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click Mix’
I’ve been growing Cosmos from seed for a few years now, but this variety is new to me, and this is the first flower to open from the April sowing. I think it’s rather lovely, and if the others are just as pretty then it will be a definite keeper.
Bacopa cordata ‘Gulliver White’
Why have I never grown Bacopa before? This is such a pretty plant and I’m sure as long as Friday’s high winds haven’t destroyed the flowers, it should cascade further over the pot and put on a pretty good display from now until summer is well over.
The plants have been grown from rooted cuttings that were delivered during early April.
Rosa ‘Princess Anne’
This was the first rose to bloom this year, and over three days, four flowers appeared, all side-by-side on the plant. Gorgeous!
Alas, even the most beautiful roses put on their best display for such a short time, then fade and die. But new buds are standing in the wings, ready to take over, and in a few days, will bloom just as beautifully.
Plants that have been in the garden for many years have lost their labels and my memory just won’t cooperate enough to be able to say exactly what they are. This is another of those plants – but it does have a little story.
I wanted a red climber and decided to travel a little further afield than our local garden centre to a nursery that carried a large stock of roses. I found row upon row of climbers and finally came across one that I loved. I was pleased. I walked up and down that double row and finally picked what I thought was a good, healthy, well-shaped plant (they were probably all healthy and well-shaped but I think I just wanted to look as if I knew what I was doing). I made my selection, paid and took my plant home.
The following day I went outside to plant it and discovered to my dismay that the label didn’t match the variety I thought I had chosen, it was a different rose. I had probably picked the only plant in the section that shouldn’t have been there, and I had no time to take it back.
But to shorten all the in-between details, this rose has grown taller than all the plants that have grown around it, completely hiding its base. It grows through two conifers and a fatsia, and for years hasn’t been fed or pruned because there’s no access to it. But it flowers prolifically every year, and I’m kind of glad about the mistake that made it end up where it is today.
Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’
Everyone loves Gertrude Jekyll with her beautiful rosette-shaped bright pink flowers and gorgeous perfume. This is her first year in the border, she has spent the past few years in a pot, but the pot became damaged so it was time to find her a new home. So far, she seems quite happy where she is.
Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)
I’ll finish today with Silene uniflora – a herbaceous perennial that has been in the garden for about four years. It returns reliably every year and adds a lovely white splash to the edge of a border.
Be sure to check out all the other Six on Saturday posts from around the world, where you’ll find plenty of inspiration and garden ideas. I hope the weather where you are will be good this weekend, and that your garden will flourish. Stay safe everyone.
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