Greetings, does anyone else feel like the garden is running away from them? Everything seems to be growing so fast, including the weeds. I have a 100 mile race today, but don’t panic, I’m not running it, merely helping at one of the checkpoints. So while you read this I will be dishing out ham sandwiches and other snacks to the runners (or nutters, as they are also known).
While I’m up to my elbows in snacks and jelly babies on the South Downs Way, you can do Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you decide. Join in!
Here are mine for this week.
1 – Rodgersia pinnata. One of two rodgersia in my garden, the other was featured here the other week. They are quite different to look at, both colouring and leaf shape. This one is greener and has rounder lobes on the leaves.
2 – Weigela, not sure which variety. Less striking perhaps than my other one, w. ‘Bristol Ruby’, this one is nonetheless flowering like mad. It is in the wrong spot really, it could do with being in a sunnier position. As a result this shrub was for many years a twisted misshapen thing. It eventually got tall enough to get some daylight and has since thrived.
3 – Rose ‘Compassion’. For its first couple of years this climbing rose was largely hidden from view, obscured by a patch of loosestrife and a physocarpus. Last year to an extent, and certainly this year, it has grown up enough to be flowering in full view. I have a cutting of this rose taken last year, I need to plant it out.
4 – Geranium renardii ‘Terre Franche’. Bought last year, it had about three flowers, but this year is looking more promising.
5 – Kolkwitzia amabilis, Beauty Bush. This large shrub is actually in my neighbour’s garden but about a third of it overhangs my shady border, topping things out nicely and currently covered in rather lovely pink flowers.
6 – Jasmine beesianum, red jasmine. I bought this as a small plant for £1.79 in Morrisons a few years ago. I have it planted in a container with a clematis montana in the side alley. It has now grown to a good ten feet and not showing any signs of stopping. The flowers are teeny tiny, and to be honest a little underwhelming as a result.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to have a go, just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be tip top. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
Have a fab gardening weekend, enjoy the sunshine if you have it. Don’t forget to check back later as more links get added during the day.
Stay safe, I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.