Well, the garden survived the gusty winds last Saturday. Apart from a few flattened Verbena bonariensis in the front garden, everything else, including the Buddleia, got through the ordeal unscathed. It’s still quite breezy out there though and rather wet.
My past few SoS’s have mainly featured plants of pastelly pink and purplish hue. This time I’ve gone all out hot hot hot colourwise. So put on some some sun glasses, add an extra ice cube or three to that rather early/mid-afternoon/evening G & T and set your fan to oscillate.
1. We start with a close up of a Morning Glory (stop smirking). This is ‘Split Second Double’, grown from seed that was free with the Garden News magazine.
Except I don’t think it is. It looks nothing like the picture on the front of the seed packet and after reading The Pink Wheelbarrow’s SoS last week I think it might be ‘Party Dress’.
2. Next up is an anonymous Crocosmia that’s in full bloom beneath the standard Buddleia. I usually end up buying some sort of yellowish Crocosmia every time I visit the Taunton Flower Show. Not this year. I resisted, which was probably the right decision as this one could do with splitting when it’s finished flowering.
3. I sowed a few varieties of Zinnia this year but this one doesn’t match any of those shown on the seed packets. It hasn’t developed any further layers of petals and I don’t know whether this particular flower has just gone a bit awry or whether it’s meant to look like this. I’m calling it Zinnia ‘Wagon Wheel’.
4. Another Zinnia. I think this one might be one of the ‘Whirlygig Mixed’ variety.
5. This perennial Lobelia Fan ‘Scarlet’ was purchased a few months ago but I only got around to planting it last weekend. The photo below doesn’t really do justice to the full on vivid red of the flowers. Having since read up on these it sounds as though it may not make it through the winter which is a bit disappointing. We shall see.
6. And finally… This is Dahlia ‘The Comeback Kid’. Grown from a packet of tubers from Wilko, it was very nearly polished off by slugs and snails… twice. After the first attack I dug it up, plonked it in a pot and placed it on the swing seat, out of reach of the slimy so-and-sos. The Dahlia recovered and into the ground it went, briefly, until it was savagely set upon once more. I potted up what was left of the poor thing and placed it on the swing seat for a second time and if I’m honest I didn’t hold out much hope for it. However, ‘The Comeback Kid’ is now the tallest of the three Pompom varieties I have and is a picture of health. I risked putting it back in the ground last weekend and so far so good.
And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.