There was no post last week, and sadly I didn’t get the time to look at other ‘sixers’ posts either. My daughter and her family came for a visit, at very short notice. We had been expecting them this weekend, but other events came along and it meant that they had to reschedule their plans for the following few weeks.
We hadn’t seen each other, in the flesh, for seven months, so it was a happy time for all of us, and particularly this week, as yesterday should have been my youngest daughter’s wedding, postponed along with many others, because of the pandemic. We would have been with our four children and their families in Ireland for the event, our first full get-together in four years. But the more important issue is that everyone is safe, and that they remain that way.
This week it was lovely to have our house full of noisy, happy laughter once more.
But let’s talk plants – here’s my Six for this Saturday!
Lavatera ‘Barnsley Baby’ & Achillea ‘Crimson Queen’
Both plants have been in this border for about three years where they’ve grown large and are now intermingling with each other, creating a plant combination that I’m finding particularly pleasant. Unfortunately ‘Barnsley Baby’ has outgrown her space, and next year she’ll have to be moved. Achillea ‘Crimson Queen’ will probably be divided and I’ll grow them together in another border.
I’d love to tell you the name of this clematis, but I need to see the label. I’m fairly sure that the label is still attached to the bottom of the plant, but I can’t get into it at the moment. I’ll come across it in late winter when it the plant gets cut back and disentangled from the montana that it’s clambering over. It’s the palest lavender and looks almost white from a distance – very pretty.
Clematis, also without a name
This one is scrambling over the same Clematis montana as the one above, and I’ll retrieve its label too and make a note of both plants.
I thought this geranium might be a bit inconspicuous in the large patio planter, but I like the tiny purply-pink flowers that grow loosely above the bright green leaves.
Rosa Jacqueline du Pré
This is not a beautiful photograph of Rosa ‘Jacqueline du Pré’. This is a beautiful rose that I’ve had for many years, but now she has been surrounded by other, taller, roses, and access to her is almost impossible. This bloom was fading and the shot was taken by pushing the camera through the planting and hoping for the best – and by that I mean I was hoping I wouldn’t scratch the lens! I’ve made a note to lift her next year and find a new spot in the border where she can shine.
My nine-year-old visiting grandson had the honour of picking the first six tomatoes in the greenhouse. They are Tomato ‘Sungold’ and simply delicious.
I have two plants Tomato ‘Sungold’
Two plants ‘Gardener’s Delight’
And two Tomato ‘Noire de Crimèe’ or Black Krim. One is in the greenhouse, and just as an experiment, I thought I’d try growing the second plant outdoors. It hasn’t been successful, sadly the weather hasn’t been kind to it, and although it has some flowers I’m not hopeful of getting tomatoes from it.
Stay safe and remember to follow your government’s guidelines. Happy gardening everyone – I hope the weekend weather is kind to you!
ABOUT SIX ON SATURDAY
To join with other garden enthusiasts from around the world, just take six photographs and post them to Twitter and/or your blog each Saturday. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up.
All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.