Err, how did we get to the end of June already? Over the past few evenings I’ve pulled up poppies and chopped back some of the Aquilegia to create space for the annuals. While most of the Cosmos and Antirrhinums have been planted, I’ve held back planting the Zinnias. The garden has perked up no end after all the rain we had towards the end of last week, but alas, so to have the slugs and snails. They seem to have been making up for lost plant munching time, focusing their attention on the dahlias, and I’m afraid they’ll polish off my carefully nurtured Zinnias in one night if planted out. However, I’m going to have to risk it soon and hope the garlic brew made last weekend will deter the plant assassins once watered on to the leaves. We shall see. Maybe I should also set up an assault course of wool pellets, beer traps, copper barriers and a strategically placed frog or two, though I have a suspicion that slugs and snails can actually teleport. Ah well, let’s get on with Six on Saturday.
1. I only started growing Calendulas last year. They proved to be a great addition to the garden, flowering pretty much non-stop throughout the summer and autumn. A few of them (Lemon Cream) survived the winter and have been flowering since the spring. This year I’ve tried some other varieties, including Snow Princess. This is her first bloom.
2. Growing next to Snow Princess is a Lavender. I’m always sorry when Lavender finishes flowering but the fragrance that’s released when chopping back the stems is some compensation.
3. Now this was a pleasant surprise. I thought I’d done all of the Clematis in (apart from the Montana) but I found this one growing horizontally through the undergrowth when I cleared the Honesty and Periwinkles a month or so ago. I redirected it upwards and hey presto, flowers!
4. Growing in a shady spot, Miss Belgium, is quietly doing her thing. This is the second year she’s flowered and it’s fascinating observing how the booms develop. A recent convert to Hydrangeas, I added a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ to the garden back in March. Fingers crossed it does as well as Miss B.
5. Next up, a pond plant. I think it might be Greater Spearwort, but as usual I’ve lost the label. Added to the pond last year, this is the first time it has flowered. I suspect it’s going to be get too big and may have to be replaced with something smaller. The frogs like the cover it provides but I fear it’s creating too much shade for the water lily.
6. And finally… I’ve gone a bit mad with roses this year. Another standard rose, Princess Alexandra of Kent was planted in May. The petals start off coral pink with flushes of yellowy orange here and there…
… before turning a dusky pink. I’ve been burying my nose in the blooms every time I walk past them.
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. Hmm, it’s started raining here. A perfect day for plant munching molluscs to be on the prowl for newly planted Zinnias. It would be madness to plant them out this weekend. Maybe next week.