It has just occurred to me that this is the fifth week that a rose has been the featured image on Six on Saturday. But I couldn’t let the season pass without giving a major mention to (another favourite) Rosa ‘Mortimer Sackler’.
So, what do I love about Mortimer Sackler? It has tall, slender and very elegant reddish stems and lovely little pointed red buds that sit out from flowers that are already in bloom. At a quick glance, the buds give the shrubs a Continue reading “2020 Six on Saturday 11-07”
It’s been another week of mixed weather, but by Tuesday morning after several days of heavy rain, I couldn’t bear looking out of the window at my sad, bedraggled roses any longer and I grabbed my jacket, wellies and waterproof hat and went out to deadhead and tidy everything up.
It dried up after lunch, and so did I, and by evening the plants had lifted their heads (or what was left of them) and began to straighten up. I’m always pleasantly Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 04-07”
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 Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 20-06”
Brrr…just as well I didn’t pack away my winter clothes. A drop in temperature of 12 degrees causes dismay at any time of the year, but in early June when most of the tender plants are in the ground it’s an unwelcome shock. I’ve had to don a fleece and a jacket again when I had been enjoying working in a lightweight summer shirt. There’s little doubt that that the change in weather will have slowed down growth but hopefully the plants will be strong enough to hold their own with this chilly, and very windy spell of weather.
Weather aside, the garden’s getting into the mood for summer, with roses beginning to open their buds, and some annuals also showing their Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 06-06”