I seem to have lost my gardening mojo of late. We’ve had a bit of rain, though not enough to give the plants or lawns a really good soaking, and the recent winds have battered the Buddleia, just as they did around the same time last year, snapping off several branches. Many of the seedlings seem stunted, the tomato plants are a disaster, the garlic floppy (I’ve pulled it up), and some shrubs already have that tired late summer sort of look.
However, wandering around the garden to take Six on Saturday worthy snaps has helped lift the old spirits. It’s got to that time of year when it becomes a struggle to choose just six things and tough decisions have had to be made (apologies to the Daphne and Penstemon that were all dropped at the last minute). Yet after much deliberation I’ve settled on these…
1. First up, the Sweet Williams. They’ve been flowering for a while now. Most have been single colours. However, this tiny two-tone plant is growing near the swing seat. They seem popular with butterflies.
2. It’s no secret that I’m a compulsive shrub mover. The Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ was moved for a third… no fourth time… back in March to make room for a new standard Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price.’ As lovely as the mock orange looks when it flowers, it wasn’t really adding any structure to the border and I was fed up with the aphids that attacked it every spring. However, I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of the fragrant shrub so ended up plonking it behind the ‘dwarf’ Eucalyptus, near the difficult to get to water butt. I didn’t hold out much hope for the poor thing, but it appears to like its new home and, rather bafflingly, has remained aphid free.
3. Now I’m undecided on this one. It’s one of the first batch of scented Lupin Lilac Javelin plants sown from seed earlier in the year. The pea-like flowers are very pretty up close but they don’t look as impressive as the swathes of flowers that were pictured on the website. Note to self; I must plant the second batch in a mini swathe. The fragrance? Sort of soapy.
4. The Oxeye daisies are adding some cheerful daisiness here and there. They seed themselves around each year and require keeping in check from time to time.
5. Now this is sort of exciting. I planted a pack of Freesia bulbs from Wilko last year and none of them grew. I accidentally dug one or two up this spring and was surprised to find signs of life. This rather short specimen has flowered and has that great Freesia fragrance, once you manage to get down low enough to sniff the flowers. I planted another pack a few months ago. Fingers crossed some more will come up.
6. And finally… A rose. Alec’s Red is a new addition to the garden. I’ve spent a while looking for a red rose to replace one that died last year. The previous rose was always rather disappointing when it came to scent but Alec’s Red is highly fragrant. This one is a standard and a great height for a 6 foot gardener.
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.