A couple of months into this weekly post, I am still enjoying it, still easily finding new things to post each week. It has become a handy way of cataloguing what’s in the garden, and the act of looking for Six things each Saturday is forcing me to look more closely at the plants I have. I’m also loving reading the contributions from other bloggers. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything! A good flower, a useful plant, a success, a failure, a pesky weed, a project, anything at all. Why not join in?
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Buddleia. This is a horticultural mystery. I got rid of the last buddleia because I found it boring. Perhaps foolishly, I replaced it with a different variety of buddleia with a more interesting flower colour – I can only find one flower on the whole bush with the redder tone, I think it has gradually mostly reverted back to regular boring buddleia of the sort often seen growing half way up walls, or between railway tracks. A dirty great weed, in other words. I like it not, I think it’s had its last hurrah. Look forward to digging that stump out! Not.
2 – Mallow – this is a volunteer. I vaguely recall some years back having a mallow plant which often produced seedlings that I was forever digging up and disposing of. I overwintered a group of perennials that I bought as plug, and planted them all out this spring in a frenzy of planting. Among those was this plant. I expected it to be a delphinium, but it eventually became clear it was not. It’s a mallow. And now I can expect it to breed prolifically. I don’t object wildly to it, and the bees like it. I just don’t want 50 of them. Vigilance required…
3 – Pulmonaria longifolia ‘majeste‘. The flowers are long gone, and to be honest were not overly noticeable when they were there. The plant looks scruffy after flowering and benefits from a good trim which encourages a fresh flush of foliage. This particular variety is not your usual mottled green, but instead is quite a striking silvery green. Annoyingly I can’t find any of the labels, they are buried in mulch and/or disintegrated, but I think it’s ‘majeste’. I just have three plants, nestling under a couple of high shrubs in a very shady spot in Border 5. Because they are quite bright, they are holding their own in terms of garden value, although I’d like them to fill out a bit. Keepers.
4 – Potentilla fruticosa. This little shrub minds it’s own business in the corner of Border 1. It is a little crowded out by a carex and a large clump of alchemilla mollis, but it’s trying hard. It is in flower now, and if I recall correctly, carries on flowering for quite a while.
5 – Clematis ‘voluceau’ – one of my bargain clematis purchases from early this year. I am certainly getting my £1 worth of colour and growth this year and so far it seems untroubled by wilt, to which I have lost a few others this spring. I am hoping this one stays the distance and comes back stronger next year.
6 – Dahlia ‘Bishops Children’. I’ve got an oversupply of this variety after going to town with cuttings as the parent plants were coming into growth. These plants are all from cuttings taken this year, and looking pretty healthy. They aren’t very tall, but then this is a bedding variety and they are young too. This variety produces a constant stream of perky little flowers in a range of colours from yellow, orange, red through to a striking purple. Frequent deadheading is required to achieve maximum flower power, but like wot dahlias do, they’ll flower till the first frost. These are in the front garden, into which I recently planted over 200 plants, you can read about it here and here.
That’s my Six for this week, what are yours? You’re most welcome to join in, just add a comment to this post with a link to yours, and maybe add a link back to this blog in your post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
I’ll be back next week with another Six.