Well what a week that was. The two day heat wave has passed and rain has arrived. As I write this post I realise that after three years restocking the garden it is time to reflect on the progress made. This week’s six features some very new flowers, some settling in and some so well established that they need taking in hand. All delivered with a splash of rain.
Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’. I recently opined that I really wanted H. Floro Pleno but when I went shopping for some anemones (another story) I fell for this. A little bedraggled by the rain but on a sunny day it is truly wonderful. I bought two and should have bought more.
I had a flurry into dahlias last year but decided they are not my thing, except these white ones which are Blanc y Verde if I remember rightly. I grow them in pots along the thin border. I don’t lift them, just covering them with mulch over winter.
The hosta Francee, planted in a pot about a month ago, has flowered and I am impressed. I was quite happy to enjoy the leaves but the delicate flowers are a great bonus.
It’s a lemon flower and I am very excited by this. Having nearly killed the lemon tree two winters ago – beast from the east etc – the poor thing limped along last year. This year there is plenty of new foliage and finally a few flowers. I don’t suppose they will get to be lemons before it goes back in the greenhouse. I shall enjoy the flower and the wonderful scent.
Verbena bonariensis. By contrast to the lemon tree the vb is very happy in the garden. I brought a few pots of it from the last garden and in three years here it has spread itself into every nook and cranny. I need to keep this plant under control. It has been brilliant for adding colour and height to a new garden and I do let it self seed into pots of agapanthus but now I am being ruthless.
Rose of the week is a climber, James Galway. It looks perfectly lovely here and I am sure that once it becomes established I will really enjoy it. At the moment it is only half way up the trellis. More growth please! Perhaps the rain will help it along.
More garden sharing posts are to be found on The Propagator’s site. Our industrious host shares the links to posts from around the world. Always worth a look.
To avoid charges of misleading posts, this is not a delphinium themed post but Dad’s delphiniums do get pride of place this week. It is always good to have plants in the garden that hold memories of people and places and it seems particularly appropriate to share his delphiniums in this week of D-day memories. Dad followed up the first D-day landings on Sword beach as a member of a tank regiment and went on to the battle for Caen.
The delphiniums came from a division of the delphiniums that grew in the parental garden. They came to the old house and settled in their for twenty odd years. I divided them up when we moved and brought a clump with me. They have always reached a good height but this year they have excelled themselves, I am estimating at least two metres. I took this photo on Thursday as I was more than a little concerned for them suffering in the wet and windy weather that was forecast. So far, they are still standing proud.
I also have good memories attached to this geranium which came from Aunty Jen’s garden. It also moved gardens when we came here and it’s settled in well. I have a distant memory that it is ‘Johnson’s Blue’.
I do love a geranium and this one is ‘Brookside’. It’s a big sprawly one and beautifully grows around the roses, in this case ‘Wisley’. I wish I could be cheesy and say I have fond memories of the Wisley gardens but I’ve never been there.
The sweet peas are flowering. They were sown in February and have grown very chunky and strong. This variety is ‘April in Paris’ and I can say I have enjoyed many good times there. This is a beautifully scented variety with long stems.
I also enjoyed a good day out Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire a couple of years ago and this cistus was bought there. It’s ‘Alan Fradd’ and is laden with flowers at the moment.
The rainy weather of the last few days has been a wonderful relief for the garden. The water butts are filling up again and I imagine the slugs and snails are partying like mad. A few weeks ago I spotted this beautiful pot thrown out in a skip. I called at the house and asked if I could liberate it. I was amazed that anyone would want to throw it away but when I flexed the muscles to lift it from the skip I realised why. It is plastic! It fooled me but I was still happy to take it and give a new hosta a home. I’ve wrapped copper tape around the pot and mulched the top with a layer of slate chips that were lurking at the back of the shed. I’ve placed it on the wooden top of a raised bed. What more can I do? I’m pleased that I made a small contribution to plastic recycling and I now have another garden memory.
Mr P has a truly beautiful rose (I’m so envious) on show in his Six on Saturday and all the links to other sixes will appear in his comments section through the day. If it’s raining where you are put your feet up and have a good read.