The wind and rain has battered the garden all week. However, last weekend the plants had more to fear from a size 12 footed gardener than from the weather. Making the most of a brief respite from the rain, I pulled up the remaining forget-me-nots in an attempt to make room for some of the plants currently occupying the swing seat and patio. In went the cosmos, all of the morning glories, moon flowers, pink dandelions and the Wilko dahlias that I bought as tubers earlier in the year, foolishly thinking they looked big and strong enough to withstand the munchings of slimy molluscs (shows what I know).
Yet all this tidying and planting resulted in casualties aplenty. I managed to stand on a Crepis Rubra minutes after planting it which was totally crapis major. An attempt to tie in a pink climbing rose on the trellis fence ended with me holding a detached four foot long branch covered with buds and muttering to myself. Crouching down to plant a cosmos I lost my balance and broke a Penstemon that was just coming into flower. And squeezing past the bird feeder to plant two Linaria seedlings I snapped the ends off a few Viburnum branches… and trampled on a Verbena. As the week went on the weather continued my good work, flattening one of the cornflowers and breaking several branches off the big buddleia. Ah well, time for another Six on Saturday.
1. I didn’t get around to planting the new snapdragons last weekend but at the moment it doesn’t matter. Quite a few of last year’s batch have survived the winter and are flowering away. I grow the same variety each year, Wilko’s Circus Clowns.
Snapdragons are great in a small garden as they’ll go on flowering well into the Autumn with regular dead-heading. I think a lot of these may have seeded themselves. Some bees have sussed how to get inside the flowers to the nectar. Other’s aren’t so savvy.
2. Self sown poppies next. They’ve gone mad this year, some plants becoming whoppers and overshadowing their neighbours.
I’ve had to pull up a few but I’m trying to resist pulling up too many as the bees love them. The fleeting beauty of the flowers add nice splashes of vivid red here and there.
3. I think this patio rose is the healthiest looking rose in the garden. It’s been flowering for weeks now and has a lovely scent too.
4. Talking of scent, the ‘Eternal Fragrance’ Daphne is in full bloom now. It flowers off and on throughout the year. It’s got much larger than I was expecting (we’ve had it 6 years now) and requires a trim every so often.
I describe the scent of the flowers as ‘fluty’ (I have no idea why, but it make sense to me) and the garden is full of their wafty fragrance.
5. This bargain Campanula was a new purchase a couple of weeks ago.
I have a feeling I bought one last year, though if I did it didn’t survive the drought. So far this one has withstood the wind and rain and luckily it’s tucked away in a corner where I can’t do it any harm.
6. And finally… Last year, for the first time ever, I used my late father-in-law’s power drill. In the past I’d always made do with one of those hand-powered turny-handle drills, but that wasn’t an option when I wanted to put up a solar powered security light (although I did give it a go). So I braved it, managed to put the light up and didn’t end up in A&E. Last weekend I used it again to put up these new shelves (and to reposition the security light).
The shelves are meant for indoors but I fancied some on this wall to put a few plants on. Hanging baskets were ruled out as it’s already something of an obstacle course for my wife to get past the shed and the water butts with her bike. The jar contains some of the victims of last weekend’s gardening. I’ve put some spare Alyssum plants in pots in the hope that they might greet us with scent when we come through the gate, but I wonder whether a more fragrant plant might be required; at the moment we’re greeted with the scent of the Danish Oil that I used to treat the shelves.
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.