Finally it is happening. The garden is creeping into colour. The weather has had an interesting effect. Some tall plants are not as tall as they might be, others are racing away. Some plants grown from seed are sulking in the cold and yet seedlings in the garden are popping up everywhere. I remember receiving a gentle warning via Twitter that astrantia major would run riot and this year it has. Seedlings in every corner. Yet parsnip seedlings that I swear I saw two weeks ago have disappeared. Eaten by slugs I wonder? Geranium phaeum has done very well this year and I will have plenty to relocate to other corners. But on to the free gifts and colourful arrivals.
Warmed by a few days sunshine, the roses are beginning to unfold. This is r. ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’ and was planted out in the winter of 2018. It is full of bud and I can’t wait to see it in its full glory in the coming weeks.
Several weeks after many SOSers were showing the geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ mine have finally flowered. I acknowledge they are in cooler part of the garden, which unusually still has a few tulips just about in flower.
Free gifts is the theme for today and this aquilegia ‘Lemon Sorbet’ came from a free packet of seeds. Being a double it’s not pollinator friendly but there are plenty of self seeded single aquilegias in the garden.
A few weeks back I was asking the twitter community what my coarse geranium look-alike plant might be. It arrived from nowhere and quickly took hold. A wild geranium was the speedy reply. I left in it place and have been rewarded by a wonderful spread of flowers. One day it will be moved to a wilder part of the garden.
Definitely pretty in pink is this bloody cranesbill, geranium sanguineum var. striatum. A low growing perennial for the front of the border with delicate darker veining.
This is the area set aside for a cutting patch. I have planted out dahlia cacti mix and have some china asters – free gift seed packet – to go in this weekend. I have direct sown calendula ‘Indian Prince’ and malope trifida ‘Vulcan’, also a free seed packet. Unfortunately the seedlings hell bent on growing are those from a packet of radish seeds that I knocked over and the thousands of seedlings that didn’t get killed in the less than hot compost heap. I spread a good thick layer of said compost over this bed for the winter and this week the seeds have surged into growth. I doubt they will be anything to be welcomed.
I have a few trays of seedlings doing the in/out routine this week but the root develop has been quite slow. Hopefully this spell of warm weather will move things along. The sad looking tomatoes in the greenhouse have picked up and those set aside for the outside will go in this weekend. The kitchen grown cucumber is in the greenhouse, the courgettes might go out this week depending on root growth, the chilli peppers have finally moved from the kitchen to the greenhouse and the bell peppers are in a grow bag. Enjoy the long weekend in the UK and much kudos to The Propagator, host of SOS. He completed his 100K run last weekend, a fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer and now intends to garden all weekend! Happy gardening to everyone.
Last week the garden was lingering in cool spring mode. This week some sunshine has persuaded a few more flowers to open out. Overnight showers here have lent a few diamond drops to the photos this week.
The dwarf pink azalea that came as present a couple of years ago is flowering. I recently received another one which I may have done for already by forgetting to water it while it flowered in the house. I’ll try to resurrect it and will see if it likes it better in the garden. I could end up with the national collection of dwarf pink azaleas!
I sprinkled the aquilegia seeds around and a few of them made it through to plants. The flowers are just opening out. I think this photo makes the colour more interesting than it is. In reality it looks a rather muddy white. I like them just as much for the foliage.
The first of the roses to really open up. This one came with the garden and was a bit spindly. Three years ago I cut it completely to the ground. It has climbed back up the wall and now has so many more flowers, which are a shade deeper red than comes across here – and therefore much nicer.
This is weigela ‘Florida Variegata’. It was new to the garden three years ago and has made it to about 2 metres. So far I’ve not pruned it at all but now it is spreading out over the path so after flowering I will reduce the length of the side branches.
I’ve been wailing for weeks that my geums had not flowered whilst everyone else’s were romping away. Finally ‘Lady Stratheden’ deigned to put on a show. She’s a bit of a sprawler but it works well as the plants around begin to fill out.
Although these Siberian irises have not quite opened I had to give them a show. The purple of the flowers just breaking through against the green of the sword shaped leaves is just perfect!
Mr Prop who hosts this meme has plenty more gardening delights and will no doubt be adding to his plant collection as I write. Take a look and investigate other delights from around the world. Be warned: Six On Saturday is infectious.
Oh go on, indulge me! It’s Harry and Meghan’s day and here’s my Six:
I’ve planted up the containers. I’m very predictable. It’s always two geraniums and something else. This year I have two trailing ivy leaf geraniums, this one is Merlot.
And the something else is a trailing bacopa snowflake.
And the first of the blues is Polemonium caeruleum or Jacob’s ladder. I strayed from my plan to plant in blocks and just bought one of these. I am now trying it out around the garden to be sure I find the perfect spot for it.
The second red is of course a geum, Blazing Sunset. Bought last year at the Finchley Horticultural Society plant sale – which is where I shall be on Sunday, manning a stall.
The second white is a Cistus or rock rose. There is a label for this somewhere, but for now I am joining our noble leader in the var. unk. club! (I think it might be Alan Frapp).
The second blue was a difficult choice but I’ve decided to save my favourite one for next week… For this week it’s going to be Geranium himalayense ‘Gravetye’. It’s just coming into flower and is doing a great job filling out the new border.
Okay, so maybe the blues are a little purple and one of the reds is on the verge of orange but I think you get my drift!
Happy weekends everyone, be it weddings, football, plant sales or gardening! And save some time for reading all the other sixes as featured at The Propagator’s blog.