Be careful what you wish for. Last weekend I wished for rain to replenish two empty water butts. And rain it has, filling the water butts, topping up the small wildlife pond and giving the garden a much needed soak. But that’s enough now. I don’t need anymore for a little while thank you. I’ve got grass to cut, things to plant and some outdoor shelves to put up. Thankfully I took some photos earlier in the week as Friday proved a complete wash out (though I did venture out to take this one).
Some plants are rather prone to getting flattened in the rain (the oxe-eye daisies and a linaria have required some emergency support) and a few, like Mrs Bradshaw, are leaning drunkenly to one side. However, they’re still standing (yeah, yeah yeah). But it was all too much for one former star of the garden, which leads me rather sadly to my first Six on Saturday.
1. When I pulled up onto the drive after work on Thursday evening it was evident that all was not well in the front garden. There had been a casualty. The white foxglove that featured in a SoS a few weeks ago was lying face first across the flower bed, snapped off at the base.
All this wet and occasionally windy weather appears to have proved too much for it (though if we receive an electricity and gas bill within the next few weeks I may suspect the meter reading man of foul play). Alas, there’ll be no offspring from this one which is a shame. However in the back the pink foxgloves are now flowering away nicely.
2. This rogue sweet pea was a pleasant surprise. Self sown from last year’s batch, it’s growing up through through the viburnum in the bed next to the pot containing this year’s sweet peas. Those in the pot have yet to show any signs of buds.
3. The Sweet Williams are in full flower. I grew some from seed last year but got a bit panicky a few months ago when I couldn’t find them. A garden without Sweet Williams wasn’t an option so a tray of emergency replacement plants was purchased.
However, I needn’t have worried. My own plants have appeared. I must sow next year’s batch soon.
4. As well as sowing more Sweet Williams I really need to get around to planting some of the dahlias, cosmos and other plants that are occupying the swing seat and the patio (well, what’s left of it). I just need to pull up the rest of the forget-me-nots and a few of the Californian poppies to create a bit of space. The pink dandelion plants (Crepis Rubra), grown from seed a few months ago, are bursting to get out their pot. The leaves look extremely dandelion like and I have a feeling I’m going to end up pulling them up thinking they’re weeds. Plant labels may need to be deployed.
5. Last week’s mystery plant was identified by some knowledgeable planty folk as Phuopsis stylosa. Another mystery plant has started flowering. I’ve tried the PlantNet app and I think it might be rapeseed, presumably brought in by a bird. It’s rather pretty.
6. And finally… The new Gertrude Jekyll rose that was purchased in January as a bare root plant is finally flowering. Cue one or three closes ups…
I’m growing her as a climber, though at the moment she’s only a few feet high.
I’m hoping in time that I’ll be able to train her towards the blue shed where we’ll be able to enjoy her strong rosy scent more easily. That’s the plan anyway.
Unfortunately she’s rather close to a bird feeder and required a makeover prior to her photo shoot in order to dislodge a few sunflower hearts from her blooms. What was that? You’d like to see her from another angle? Oh okay then, here’s one more…
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.