Six On Saturday: Sun and rain

Definitely a week of two halves. Glorious sun, soaring temperatures followed by torrential rain and tumbling temperatures. The magic water was much needed though and I managed to give the apples trees a dressing of bonemeal which is now well watered in. The zinnias are all planted and the last of the tomatoes are out. My bête-noire, the fox, snapped a beautiful cucumber plant but luckily I had a spare. Here’s this week’s six, mostly taken when the sun was shining.

One

The garden was filled with the scent of roses on those sunny days. Here is Darcy Bussell. I usually have a row of salvia ‘Amistad’ running behind these which looks glorious late in the year. The salvias have not survived the winter so I set about a re-think. I was dissuaded from my first choice of verbascums after a conversation with The Quilting Gardener – who warned of mullein moth caterpillar attack and of course slugs. I’ve decided to leave the space free this year and give the roses room to roam.

Two

The euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii seed heads were popping on Monday so it was time to pull on the protective clothing and cut back the flowering stems. Here the sisyrinchium striatum works well against the background of the euphorbia. There’s a cheeky photo-bomb from geranium ‘Brookside’.

Three

The delphiniums are towering high this year, and only just about surviving the heavy rainfall. I collected seeds from these dark purple ones last year and now have new plants that will add more colour to the garden for next year.

Four

This tiny plant lives at the front of a banked up part of the garden so even though is small it is high enough to be enjoyed. It’s ‘Ballerina’, a dwarf geranium with beautiful veining.

Five

A combination of self-seeded knautia ‘Macedonica’ against a wall of climbing ‘Blush Noisette’ roses. A happy chance.

Six

Oh dear me. Not everything is glowing. The cutting patch which was topped up with home compost has just revealed what was in hiding: thousands of baby verbena bonariensis seedlings. I do not need more of these so they will be ruthlessly culled. I will use some more of the dahlias and asters grown from seed to fill the space.

Don’t forget to visit The Propagator’s site for all the SOS posts. More rain forecast here for the beginning of the week but then perhaps we will be into a settled patch again. I will just enjoy the thought that all that water must be good for the potatoes!

17 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Sun and rain

  1. Darcy Bussel is a great colour and looks very healthy. I too am envious of your delphiniums – not a single one of mine has reappeared this year, and I am told the slugs eat them before they even emerge from the ground, so I should have collected seed like you did. That fox is getting up to no end of mischief!

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  2. Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’ and Salvia ‘Amistad’ are two outstanding plants and you have reminded me of the name of a Geranium – ‘Ballerina’!

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  3. Is Verbena bonariensis a weed? I met it for the first time several years ago. I had never seen it before, but after someone planted it at the farm, it suddenly became very common. Fortunately, it was not a problem in the production area. Then, one year, it did not regenerate as abundantly, and has not done so in a few years. It still lives there, but is not aggressive. The same happened here after some came in with some soil that was removed from one of the landscapes. I suspect that it does not get enough water to be a weed in the sunny spots, but does not get enough sunlight in the riparian spots. Was it a newly introduced plant only several years ago, or was it always around?

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  4. Oh I wish I lived closer to you so I could take some of those verbena seedlings off your hand. I planted mine in the middle of a bed and apparently they like to have air around them, so no seedlings for me so no VB 😥 Darcy Bussel is a lovely colour and what healthy foliage! As usual my roses are now getting blackspot. The perils of Cornish mizzle. I think you are right to avoid Verbascum, the wild stuff around here has huge leaves and is always covered in the mullein moth caterpillars, though maybe the cultivars are less tasty?

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    • It would have been lovely to pass them on to such a good home. My vbs in the border are at the back and manage to seed on the path edge. I only cut them back when I see the new growth come through so I guess they are seeding once the perennials die back. Quilting gardener’s verbascum have suffered this year so I think just as tasty 😋 !

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