Another busy lockdown week has passed, and most of the garden is now planted up. I’m still waiting for a few online order plants to be delivered, and they’re running late. I can’t complain, it’s been great to have that online resource during the lockdown.
In the garden there are many plants I would like to move to different spots, and although we actually moved a couple this week, by necessity rather than choice, the rest will have to wait until autumn. It was the wrong time I know, but they seem to have recovered.
I think I’ve over-planted…I do it every year. I don’t seem to be able to fully appreciate just how much a tiny plant is going to grow during the coming weeks and I’ll probably end up having to thin out.
But here’s my choice of six plants for this Saturday from a currently very wet and windy little garden in Scotland.
To put it simply, Bonica is a beautiful little rose. It’s just starting to bloom, and shortly the three plants that sit outside the greenhouse will be covered in clusters of pink loveliness. It also benefits from red hips in winter if it isn’t deadheaded, but I like it to be neat and tidy, and the price to pay for that is no hips in winter. What would you choose?
Allium amplectens ‘Graceful Beauty’
This pretty little allium grows to around 12 inches, and I have two clusters of bulbs in the patio planter and another in one of the borders. This is a plant whose name is a perfect fit.
Campanula portenschlagiana and Erigeron karvinskianus were grown from seed in 2019 and two little 9cm pots were left behind in the planting process, languishing behind the greenhouse throughout the worst of our very wet winter.
They were rescued in early spring, planted into larger pots, and then into the pots you see them in now. I didn’t have a specific home for them so popped them together at the side of the summerhouse, where – you guessed it – they were forgotten again until last week.
Tough little plants? They must be, and I think they’re wonderful!
I’m a fan of astrantia and most of the plants are placed close to roses. In my eyes, they make a perfect couple. I think these are Astrantia major, divided from the first astrantia that I bought for the garden.
Peony ‘Shirley Temple’
What a difference a few days make in the life of a plant, the first photograph was taken on Tuesday and the second and third were shot on Friday.
Argyranthemum & Artemisia
I ordered this ‘Forever Flowering Pot Collection’ online some months ago, and after growing the 10 rooted cuttings on in the greenhouse the plants are now outdoors and starting to look good together. I’m hoping that the artemisia also grows upwards between the Argyranthemum.
The collection was made up of five Argyranthemum frutescens ‘Grandaisy Pink Halo’ and five Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Nana Attraction’. I’ve grown Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Nana Attraction’ in the garden in previous years, but it doesn’t survive winters here. I think I’ll lift the plants and try overwintering them in the greenhouse this year.
You can’t pass this plant without stopping to touch its silky smooth little leaves and for that reason alone, it’s worth having at least one little plant somewhere in the garden.
Happy gardening this weekend everyone – stay safe, and stay home as much as possible.
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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.