There’s been a chill in the air this week, and too much rain. It feels like late September and the plants don’t like it. I don’t like it either. Temperatures were hovering around 15C (59F) during much of the week, but it hasn’t been all doom and gloom, as Thursday was glorious. We took our two local grandchildren to the park in the morning, and then to the almost empty beach, where the ‘paddle’ that we envisaged they would enjoy became belly flops into the waves. They had fun…and deserved that time running, jumping and diving into the waves; at age six and almost-two yrs old, lockdown has been a difficult and confusing time for them as well as for grown-ups.
Today is another glorious day, and I’m determined to spend time sitting in the garden, enjoying the warmth, the buzz of the bees and perhaps the flutter of a few butterflies. I might deadhead, but I won’t pull a single weed. Honestly, I won’t. At least I’ll do my best not to pull weeds…
Goodbye Japanese Anemone ‘September Charm’
This is a large plant, currently covering about 3 metres, and far too large for the modest border it occupies. We reduced its size in early spring when it started to grow above ground, but now realise that it has to be taken up. This border is about to have a revamp so now is the time to be decisive and say goodbye to it.
I do have another ‘September Charm’ in a different part of the garden, which is also getting too large, but that’s a job for another day.
Lupin Tutti Frutti
I’m quite in love with this little lupin. It’s the second flower on this plant, and a nice surprise since I hadn’t expected any to bloom this year. They were grown from seed sown earlier this year and if they were all to turn out this colour I’d be more than happy. I have five plants but there would have been more if I hadn’t dropped the tray of seedlings in the greenhouse. It landed, of course, upside down. The five plants I now have were the last of the seeds, hurriedly sown.
I noticed yesterday that another plant is throwing up a couple of spikes – I’m hoping it will look just like this one.
Clematis ‘Amazing London’
The one small problem I’ve found with this clematis is that it has no tendrils (it was developed for flower arranging) and needs careful watching as it has to be regularly tied in. I wondered how I was going to tie it in when it reached its full height (2m/6ft 6in) but a nearby clematis took care of that for me, by attaching itself to ‘Amazing London’ and then to the top of the obelisk.
This very pretty Japanese Anemone lives in my little woodland border. ‘Woodland border’ might give the impression that this garden has a woodland – sadly the garden isn’t large enough to accommodate even a tiny wooded area – this is the border at the back corner of the garden that leads into the grandchildren’s den (a project I’m still working on).
There’s a few trees and shrubs in the area, and it does give it a bit of a woodland feel when you’re up there.
But back to the anemone, I don’t have the name, though its label might be behind the plant (I think you might have read that in a few previous posts) and I’ll dig it out, possibly with many other labels, in the depths of winter.
My sister has been trying to persuade me (for years!) to keep a spreadsheet of plants in the garden, and its something I’ve never got round to dealing with. It is a good idea, perhaps I should tackle it… Do you keep a spreadsheet (or notes) of all your plants and their location?
The Phlox has been late to flower this year, but it’s performed better than the white phlox, which hasn’t appeared at all. I’m not sure of the variety, it was given to me by a friend a few years ago; I think it could be ‘Bright Eyes’ but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
To finish today, my little Lewisia is in bloom again, I thought it had finished flowering, so I was pleased to see its vivid little flowers. I left it out last winter, in heavy clay, and you’ll recall how wet the winter was. I thought I’d lost it, but it recovered after I took it into the greenhouse and put it in a small terracotta pot. It’s been back out during spring, but I returned it to the greenhouse a few weeks ago; it was beginning to look bedraggled during our rainy summer. I think it likes the greenhouse better than the outdoors.
The new virus outbreaks are worrying, so avoid crowded places and stay safe everyone. Have a happy weekend!
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