Hello and welcome to this weeks SIx on Saturday.
I am glad to say after a couple of weeks disruption to the blog it now returns fully this week. Work has been pretty full on since my return to the daily grind 4 weeks ago and adjusting back to normality has been tiring and time consuming. Oh for the days of the government paying 80% of my wages for what was basically extended gardening leave. However you don’t have to be an economist to realise that that model could not last. Sigh…..
The ironic thing is that my garden has never looked so good and I have spent very little time in the garden enjoying it apart from the of excursion to dead head the roses and remove a few leaves with black spot.
Here is my six.
1. Main Border
As I mentioned my garden has never looked so good. Partly because of the warm and sunny spring and partly because of the amount of time I spent in the garden due to furlough, although I have hardly toothed the main border. Highlights of this border include the Erygium Big Blue and the Lavender at the front of the Border. Is it me or has it been a good year for Lavender? Other highlights include a heavy vein of Aliums, Day Lillies, a huge climb of Astrantia, a Hydrangea and a David Austen rose called Burma Tottering about Gently which has gone mad.
2. Verbascum Snow Maiden
I have grown this plant from seed. I have a few dotted around the garden but this one is a behemoth. It must be about 10-11ft high and it has taken a lot of staking. I am still apprehensive that it will blow down if it gets windy but all seems to be calm in the garden at the moment after a windy start to July.
3. Pennisetum Karley Rose
One of my favourite summer plants. This grass not only looks good it acts as a weather vane as well . I can see from my kitchen window and when it is windy I can tell what directing the wind is and how windy it is. Not the best photo but taking pictures of grasses can be difficult.
4. Lilium Hotel California
I bought 3 varieties of Lily’s this year from Harts Nursery and this is the first one to flower. As you can see it is a bit of a dazzler and is adding some bling to my pot collection. I plant all my Lilly’s in pots as if I plant the fancy Asiatic ones direct into the garden they seem to disappear.
5. Dianthus Doris
Hidden amongst the border in the first photo is this Dianthus. As it is not getting a lot of sun due to all the undergrowth and this bit of the garden not getting long periods of continuous sun the flowers stalks are a little bit elongated and straggly. This is a probably a candidate to be moved in the autumn.
6. Rose Iceberg and Countessa du Bouchard
Taken a couple of weeks ago so just had to add this picture. Unfortunately it does not look like his now as some of the leaves had succumbed to black spot and turned yellow.
That’s my six on Saturday. Thanks for reading. I am off this weekend and I am going to spend a couple of leisurely days on On the garden.
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Until next week goodbye.