The weather has thrown everything at us this week, cold mornings (yes, central heating cold), warm afternoons, thunderstorms and torrential downpours. The plants took a bit of a beating overnight on Tuesday during a thunderstorm. Heavy rain turned roses to mush, broke stems and flattened newly planted annuals. However, after a bit of deadheading, pruning and propping up, everything picked up and looked fairly good again in the warm sun that followed on Wednesday afternoon.
I had a small plant order arrive this week, with some plants for the little den area that I’m working on – I’ll tell you more about that in a later post. I started planting them on Friday, but guess what – I was rained off. You all know what I’ll be doing on Saturday. Weather permitting. 😁
It’s Six on Saturday again, and here’s my selection for the weekend.
Early Summer Border
This border was featured in a post just a couple of weeks ago but from a different angle. It has changed a little as more flowers are opening or growing larger. Supplying the main colour to the area is Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ with the white Allium ‘Graceful Beauty’ in the foreground. Other plants just peeking into the image are Alchemilla mollis, polemonium, wallflower, Orlya grandiflora and Allium christophii.
Background foliage is provided by Lavatera ‘Baby Barnsley’ which is a baby no longer and will have to be taken out of this border at the end of the season.
Rosa ‘Kew Gardens’
This pretty little rose is new and growing in a container. It has apricot coloured buds that open to white flowers, flushed with a lovely lemony colour behind the stamens. It’s a little delight.
It’s still very small, and I think it will make more of an impression next year when has grown a little.
Rosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’
Described as ‘the closest rose to blue…deep purple-magenta fading to slate mauve’
I look at it and I see purple. That perception of colour changes with the light that it’s viewed in and also the colours of the background, but whether it’s close to blue or not, it’s a lovely rose that makes a welcome change from the many pinks I have in the borders.
I’m surprised that this plant, also known as false Indigo, has grown so well this year. It was just peeking through the ground during early spring, in an area that I was working on. I tried to avoid it but repeatedly forgot that it was there, stepped back and tramped on it time after time.
It’s been in the garden for around three years now and it must tougher than I’ve been giving it credit for.
I had forgotten that I’d planted these in the garden – well – to be truthful, I still can’t remember planting them, but I must have unless I had a visit from the plant fairy. There are several clusters of them around the garden, and they’re a welcome addition to the borders. They amaze me – look how intricate the flowers are. Incredible!
We’ve been harvesting our strawberries for a few weeks, but the plants this year are a bit weak despite careful watering and feeding. They’re second and third-year plants in two separate beds, though still producing plenty of berries that we’re enjoying, even without the tennis!
I’m planning to lift and replace all of them with new plants in autumn, perhaps new varieties too. This will be the first year that I haven’t propagated my strawberries from runners. It’s time for a change.
As we ease gently out of lockdown, be careful when you’re away from home. Stay safe and enjoy a happy gardening weekend.
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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.