It’s a beautiful sunny day in Cornwall this morning. The garden beckons, chaos needs sorting. I popped out to see if there were shots to add to what I’d taken earlier but it’s hopeless trying to take photos when the sun is so bright. Six things happening now in my garden, joining The Propagator and his merry band for six on Saturday. Spoiled for choice at this time of year, I feel bad for Clematis recta and Iris ensata, to name just two that didn’t make it. Here’s what did:
Another cactus picture. The label just said Notocactus, but it really doesn’t matter.
Paeonia ‘Sarah Bernhardt’. It’s surely a good thing some many of the most ethereally beautiful garden flowers are so short lived. If we became used to them because they flowered continuously we would lose something precious.
Papaver atlanticum. I’ve had this in the garden for years, seeding around moderately. They’ve always been single but this one has spontaneously turned semi-double. Looking online that seems to be a cue for nomenclatural confusion, with ‘Flore-pleno’ being attached to pictures of both semi-double and fully double forms.
Stipa tenuissima. I’ve been posting to the SoS meme for a long time, this is post number 111, so the last item here is number 666, appropriately enough. It struck me that there were still things that had never made it in to a six. Do they do their thing when there are always other things shouting louder? Are they just background items that shy from the spotlight? Have they had a couple of poor seasons and so failed to impress? This is one of them. It comes alive in the evening, provided the sun is shining behind it.
Here’s another that inexplicably has never made the cut. Fuchsia ‘Lechlade Magician’, a hybrid between F. magellanica and F. excorticata. The four New Zealand fuchsias, of which F. excorticata is one, have blue pollen, a characteristic that has carried over to the hybrid. The variety is reputedly capable of making a large bush with a good sized trunk which has the beautiful peeling bark of its NZ parent.
And 666 too, as explained above. The landscapers are gone. Our hedge is gone. A fair amount of money will soon be gone, when I pay my part of a bill that I should never have had. A measure of privacy has gone. We have a new fence and a bit of space that I would be a bit less grudging about if the soil was better, but that can be fixed. The fence is more transparent than I’d visualized, especially at an angle; it really is hard to know until these things are finished, but that can and will be fixed. The first two pictures were taken Thursday, just after they’d gone. Things have gone downhill since, as in the next two pictures, but hopefully it will all come together and look somat like before too long.
Chaos beckons, time to get out the angle grinder and go and make some NOISE!