Morning! I actually got some worthwhile gardening done last weekend, mostly weeding and tidying. The back garden is now free of bindweed, or more accurately it is free of visible bindweed, it’ll be back anon. I also tidied up two island beds which had got very weedy and into which the surrounding lawn had encroached. Then it got hot and sunny so I retired to the hammock and “gardened” from there. This weekend I have a fair bit of running to do, a total of 70 hilly kilometres over both mornings, so gardening will play second fiddle to snoozing once the running is done with. I still intend to grow no new plants next year, although I should clarify that this doesn’t stop me (does it heck!) buying plants if I feel so inclined. And bulbs don’t count, obviously.
Time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you decide!
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Moss rose, ‘William Lobb’. Planted earlier this year, or maybe last year actually, this climber has grown very nicely, putting out several stems and getting to 4′ or 5′ tall. It looks like it will do a good job covering the bit of 6’x3′ trellis I planted it against. It did flower a bit earlier in the summer, but mostly low down where it was not possible to see the flowers without an act of contortion.
2 – Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’. Not a weed or problem plant exactly, but let’s just say a little of this goes a long way. As an individual plant it grows pretty vigorously and can be cut right back once or twice in the growing season to keep it under control, a little like a geranium. It also puts out nearby runners which result in baby plants that can be handily dug up and potted for the unsuspecting. From one plant I now have several dotted about, I really like the interest the foliage adds to the borders.
3 – Tropaeolum tuberosum var. lineomaculatum ‘Ken Aslet’. As the leaves strongly hint, a member of the nasturtium family, this climber grows from tubers that can be overwintered dahlia-stylie, or left to chance their arm in the ground if in a sheltered spot. The stripy tubers can be eaten, I gather, but I’d rather they were left to grow, I’ll stick to the humble spud. This one has grown to about 6′ this year and has recently started to flower, I think later than it might have done had the sun shone at all during August.
4 – Canna, basic. Grown from seed a couple of years ago and left in the ground over two winters now, this plant and the others like it are a good 7′ tall, maybe nearer 8′ with the flower stalks. This one has leant over after the rain the last day or two so I could easily photograph the flowers.
5 – Sedum ‘Not Autumn Joy’. I don’t recall offhand what variety this is, just that it isn’t the ubiquitous Autumn Joy. I bought it at a plant fair about a year ago and only got round to planting it out this spring. It is redder in tone in both stem and flower than AJ. See if you can spot the photobomber.
6 – Persicaria x ‘Fat Domino’. Grown from a division from a division of a plant grown from seed collected from a HPS member’s garden. I have about a dozen of these plants altogether, including both front and back gardens. They seed about a bit, but not annoyingly so, they are easily identifiable and can removed or potted up for onward distribution. The leaves are nothing much to write home about, but it flowers for months and the bees seem to like them.
Those are my Six for this week, what are yours? If you’d like to join in you can publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be triffic. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
I wish a productive gardening weekend, I may potter about a bit post run/snooze. Don’t forget to check in again later as more links get added during the day.
I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.