I planted out a group of six Tagetes ‘Cinnabar’; the slugs have left only the ragged stems of three and haven’t touched the others. Which about sums up the garden at the moment, some things are loving an abundance of moisture and cooler temperatures, others are hating it. I’m not one for dwelling on the failures; failures are unexpected planting opportunities.
We had a couple of wide but shallow pots which had seemed like a good idea at the time but haven’t been used for years. Somewhere we went had some very nice Sempervivums which we bought several of and planted them in together. It’s out the front with all our other summer display pots. A success I think.
Hydrangea serrata as a species is just a bit less coarse than the usual Hydrangea macrophylla and is also generally a little smaller. Both are plusses in my gardening book and I have several. I have an equal number of H. macrophylla forms; my prejudice against them isn’t heartfelt. This is the earliest to flower; Hydrangea serrata ‘Cap Suzin’, which hails from France. We have acid soil and it flowers blue. I think it’s one of the best serrata forms I know.
Years ago I planted a Dodecatheon. It didn’t survive long but the tiny seedling orchid that was sharing the pot has kept going and increased in size a little each year. I identified it from various books to be Dactylorhiza fuchsii, the common spotted orchid but they’re a tricky lot and I wouldn’t put my house on it being right.
I did a blog mid week on Sue’s cactus house and went back to try to get a better picture of this beastie. We don’t know its name and I’m not sure that it’s flowered before this year, though it’s probably well over twenty years old.
Diplarrena moraea comes from Tasmania where it is really quite common and especially prominent after fires. It also occurs in New South Wales and Victoria. It is somewhat variable in height and the prominence of the markings on the flower and in the past some people recognised the shorter, larger flowered end of the spectrum as a separate species, D. latifolia. Mine is flowering about 18 inches tall this year, a little taller than usual.
Rose ‘Hanky Panky’.
Moving swiftly on, next week should see the completion of our boundary works, nothing having happened this week because the landscapers had moved on to doing paving in the neighbour’s garden. With a bit of luck the weather will be a bit better too. Last year at this time I put together a flowery montage with 64 different flowers. Most are flowering now, might have to do that again for next week.
This morning I woke to the sound of rain but it’s passed through and the sun is shining. I need to space Fuchsias, which are growing like mad. I need to do an inventory of them too, so that the ones that are only just hanging on get propagated, for which it is getting late enough. Sue somewhat scorns my compulsive list making but you lose things if you don’t keep track of them, usually the things you least want to lose.
There are lots of links to other sixes from The Propagator’s comments section, an open invitation to take more and longer coffee breaks if ever there was.