So that’s it, we’re in summer. Spring was brief, wasn’t it! I still haven’t cleared away the tulip pots from the patio, so it’s a fairly unedifying display of browning foliage. I should do something about that. I’ve been off work for a few days, taking advantage of the Jubilee bank holidays here in the UK. Some garden pottering has been done, some (bargain) plants have been bought, some of them have even been planted. I really must get them in the ground today or they will just dry out in their pots and sit there accusingly. The garden is looking quite nice at the moment, with one or two annoying areas that stubbornly refuse my attempts to zsuzz them up. I planted some echinacea in a gap, for example, but they have been munched to the ground by slugs and snails. I have not been patrolling the borders at night with my mollusc murder weapon, lacking the will or motivation to do so. I fear for my dahlias when I eventually get around to planting them out. Which reminds me, I should pot them on. They may as will be big and beefy when I plant them out.
Time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. You know the drill, could be anything. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Hollyhock. In its third or possibly fourth year, any issues with rust hidden by surrounding plants. This is now quite a big clump. In the front garden I have found several new plants this year, seedlings of a similar clump in the front garden. I’ve just left them to grow, why not? This one will flower soon.
2 – Geranium ‘Orion’ or possibly ‘Rozanne’. I’m leaning Orion, but really who knows? The main thing is the flower power of this sizeable clump of garden trooper. Totally untroubled by slugs and snails to boot. In fact, I recently resolved to plant only plants that are not interesting to our slimy friends. It’s a shame, but needs must.
3 – Rose ‘A Shropshire Lad’. One of many climbing roses flowering their socks off in my garden at the moment, this plant is in its second year and its first time flowering. It’s rather lovely. I’m looking forward to a year or two when this will have grown to cover a decent chunk of the front garden fence.
4 – Clematis ‘Princess Diana’. Planted just down the fence from the aforementioned rose, this clematis is also in it’s second summer, and also flowering for the first time. It is struggling a bit for light, growing in amongst the very vigorous Paul Noel rambler. It is a very vivid pink and a pleasing trumpet shape.
5 – Campanula ‘Catherina’. Another plant that is usually defenceless in the face of remorseless munching, this variety is not thus afflicted. A low ground, clump forming variety, it’s pretty, popular with the bees. And not munched.
6 – Rose ‘Danse de Feu’. I have several of these roses, the others grown as cuttings from this one, the uber rose. It is a very bright red, set off beautifully by the lime green of the dwarf hop leaves. An accidental combination, but I’ll take it.
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Have a great weekend, get some good gardening done.
I’ll be back next time for another #SixOnSaturday.