We’ve just had a new fence built on one side of the garden, and it’s shared with a neighbour. We didn’t get much notice about the start date, so it was a bit of a rush to get trellis off and untangle multiple climbers. A few had to be cut back and dug up. It was a muddy boots job – this area is part of the already muddy and almost-empty border that’s due for replanting. The new fence is up but it has been problematic and not what I was expecting. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I can’t do anything about it, and I’ve moved on, I’m now trying to think of ‘the 10 best ways to camouflage a garden fence’.
New trellis will have to be put up, though I’m wondering if the rambling rose and two remaining clematis will be able to survive their current predicament. I’ve loosely tied them together and have them hanging on the fence…poor things, they currently have nowhere else to go.
But here’s my contribution to Six on Saturday.
Rosa Gertrude Jekyll
Between wet and windy days this week we’ve had some lovely warm days. On Tuesday we could be found on the beach
walking with chasing our grandson who was determined to get to the sea with his lovely white Adidas trainers still attached to his feet. How can a newly-turned two-year-old run so much faster than his grandparents! (No replies please, I already know the answer.)
The warm weather also treated us to a surprise visit from Gertrude, who has a new wardrobe of fresh leaves, plenty of buds and just a little bit of black spot. Her visit is appreciated and she’s welcome to stay for as long as she wishes.
The Plant Nursery
On Monday morning, I drove to a (fairly) nearby nursery, and with the help of a very friendly member of staff, I found all the plants on my list. The list wasn’t complete, I had forgotten a couple of things, so I’m going to have to make a return trip. I’m not complaining. Not at all.
I came home with Rhododendron ‘Black Magic’; a good size in a 15 litre pot. Black Magic is a dark red and I’m hoping it’s not too vivid. Images online vary so much that I opted to be guided by descriptions rather than photographs.
I’m becoming a Fuchsia convert (especially after seeing my sister’s lovely specimens) but for the moment, I bought only one, the deciduous Fuchsia Genii, particularly because of its light golden leaves (but I like the flowers too). Phlox paniculata ‘David’, Artemisia ‘Limelight’ and three yellow Lupins, all in 2 litre pots, also found their way into the cart along with some bags of compost.
Always dependable for fabulous berries, this cotoneaster gets chopped back regularly, and it defies me just as regularly. There’s no stopping it; it is determined to grow larger than I want it, but to be truthful, at this time of the year when there’s that painful transition between summer and autumn those tiny green leaves and bright red berries are welcome.
This is the first year in many that I haven’t taken cuttings and I’m beginning to regret it. Previously I took a few hydrangea cuttings after watching TV gardener and presenter Carol Klein demonstrating the techniques on Gardeners’ World. She made it look so easy, and it was. The two plants below were photographed in September last year, the one on the left is H. ‘Black Steel Zebra’ and the one on the right is a no-name pink variety.
Below is the pink hydrangea, photographed this week, in my large patio planter – it’s been flowering all summer and showing no signs yet of slowing down. There’s definitely good sense in taking cuttings.
Pink to Blue Hydrangea
This is the mother plant of the one above, and I’ve had it for a good number of years – but this year it hasn’t flowered terribly well, and the blooms have been smaller than usual. It’s now turning blue, but I’d like to keep the flowers pink. I understand that it’s to do with the pH level of the soil but I guess I’ll have to do a bit of research to find out how to revert the blooms back to pink.
Syringa ‘Belle de Nancy’ was on pre-order a few months ago for delivery around the end of August. The tree was sent out but didn’t arrive. The carrier finally admitted that it was lost. I couldn’t help but ask myself ‘how can you lose a live plant that’s over 2m in height?’
A second tree was sent out, and it arrived just after I came home from my trip to the plant nursery. Good timing. I’m hoping to get it into the ground today. 😊
Current Covid-19 news is quite worrying and I hope that you are all well. Stay safe everyone and follow good government advice. Happy gardening!
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