The slimy plant assassins have been loving all this wet weather. Everywhere you look there are tiny snails munching away on increasingly bedraggled looking petals and leaves. And there have been some scarily large slugs on the rampage in the evenings. Between them they’ve managed to finish off a few of the delphinium seedlings (I knew it was foolhardy growing them).
Last Sunday afternoon, during a respite from the rain, I rushed outside determined to get some gardening done. The soggy lawn was given a much needed trim, I potted on my Linaria and Candelabra primula seedlings and I took some cuttings of the Penstemon ‘Garnet’ which is still flowering its socks off.
There’s still a lot to do and according to the forecast things look set to improve weather-wise. Alas, I’ve succumbed to the lurgy so may have to make do with a bit of on-line gardening retail therapy this weekend from the comfort of a cosy sofa while nurturing a mug of hot lemon and honey. Top of the list of possible purchases? Roses. Which leads me to my first SoS.
1. A pink climbing rose. It’s been a bad year for roses in our garden. An old red one didn’t survive the winter. A pink one in the front garden went to look very sickly, was moved to the back and now looks decidedly deceased. And the lovely yellow Graham Thomas climbing rose also seems to have snuffed it, its one solitary stem having turned black over the past few weeks.
Still, this pale pink one has had a late flush of flowers. Last year it was identified by one knowledgeable reader as ‘New Dawn.’ I have a sneaky suspicion it’s been flowering more prolifically on the neighbours’ side of the trellis fence.
2. Next up, Cephalaphora, free with the Garden News magazine. The ‘flowers’ are sort of interesting and the strong pineapply scent you get if you rub them is sort of fun. However, I’m not sure I’d bother growing it again.
3. The ‘Comeback Kid’ pompom Dahlia from Wilko is flowering again, albeit with much smaller blooms. I think it might be my favourite dahlia in the garden. If it survives the winter I’ll try and take some cuttings.
4. Now this took my by surprise. The Lavender out the front has had a second flush of flowers.
I assume I must have chopped it back after it finished flowering back in July. The sun was actually shining when I took these photos during the middle of the week.
5. I was happily photographing a Coreopsis that has been flowering for many a month when I suddenly realised I was up close and personal with a spider that had set up home just above it. After a brief manly shriek (that I’m sure the neighbours didn’t hear) I decided to take its photo.
6. And finally… After many months of should I/shouldn’t I ponderings, I’ve decided the rampant Prunus cerasifera ‘Hessei’ tree will be getting the chop. I’m not looking forward to the task, especially as my wife and I moved it from one part of the garden to another seven years ago. However, it’s getting far too big, despite regular pruning, and I’m concerned it’s growing too close to a retaining wall. The plan is to wait until the leaves have fallen. However, its replacement has already arrived. So what’s in the box? Ah, all will be revealed next week…
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.