Hello and welcome to SOS.
Well we have had something we didn’t get the whole of last summer in North Northumberland, rain during the night and sun during the day. Yes actual wet rain and lots of it. It has perked up the garden no end.
Unfortunately after a week off I am back in to the day to day grind of work. Of course I have made sure that I spend a couple of hours on the garden every night when I arrive home. There is nothing better than being in the garden when it is still light after 9pm.
Last Sunday I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep so I spent a garden in between 5.30am and 6.30am and it was brilliant. I got so much done. I moved plants around and just gave the garden some TLC. I can’t be the only one that likes gardening in the early hours during summer can I?
Here is my six.
1. Allium Purple Sensation
I think Alliums are fantastic. I have 3 varieties at the moment and have just ordered some more for the autumn. The main thing I like about them is the metamorphosis from flower bud to flower. The bud stands there for weeks then All of a sudden it starts to open. It doesn’t explode into life it gradually opens over a week which lets you get the opportunity to take pictures of it the flower in different stages.
2. Border filling in nicely
It’s amazes me how a barren piece of dirt all over winter with lots of bare sticks and distressed leaves can turn into something so vibrant in the matters of weeks. This time of year really does show how important the seasons are. I am now 90% happy with this border and don’t plan any drastic changes over the next year. The only plant I am disappointed with is Sisyrichium Aunt May. It has lots of healthy leaves but no signs of flowers. Hopefully it will start showing some signs of flowering soon
3. Melttiis Royal Velvet Distinction
I had no idea this plant existed until last year. A cultivar of The wildflower which is known as Bastard Balm for some reason this plant is performing great this year. The flowers look like pink tongues which attract bees. I also like the distinctive veins in the lush green leaves. I bought this at Edrom Nurseries so it shows you that going to local specialist nurseries opens your eyes to different type plants that you get for the big nurseries.
4. Brunnera Jack Frost
What is it with small blue and white flowers, especially at this time of year. Forgot me Nots, Navelwort, Brunnera….this plant is loving this weather and it’s shady place behind a foxglove and a climbing rose.
5. Sempervivum Blue Boy
I have a bit of an obsession with Sempervivums and must have over 40 now. This is one of my favourites at the moment. Blue boy. Hits of blue amongst Khaki Green, Red and Orange colours it catches the eye.I thought I had better post this to keep Granny sweet
6. Erusimum Red Jep
A new one to me this one is a refreshing change from the usuals wallflowers. A little bit smaller and compact to Bowles Mauve hopefully this one will flower for 2 to 3 years.
That is my six.
The weather forecast is looking a bit poor for next week from Monday onwards but it is a bank holiday so I suppose it is to be expected.
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Until next week goodbye.