The fine weather continues and the garden responds. I’ve been spending a lot of time watering, mostly pots but some things in the ground that are beginning to suffer too. I have lots flowering at the moment, so somewhat spoiled for choice, but I’m not keen on really bright sunshine for taking pictures of flowers. Early and late, when the light is better, much of the garden is in shade and the things I want to take pictures of are usually half in, half out.
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’. I go for years being certain of the name of a plant, then I decide to include it in a Saturday six, check before I include it and all my certainty goes out the window. Nearly all the pictures that come up when I Google this show a much paler flower. It might be Filipendula palmata rubra. Whatever it is, it grows happily in our used to be the pond bog garden, gets well over three feet tall and flowers its socks off. In the garden from whence it came it fares less well, being in a dry sunny spot where it gets six inches high and doesn’t flower.
Iris ensata cv. probably ‘Moonlight Waves’. This is in the back left of the wider Filipendula picture, also in the bog garden. It’s very beautiful but only for a very short time.
Sweet peas. Last year I grew sweet peas on my allotment. Not hugely successful but enough to make me want them closer to home this year. Part of my Astelia had obligingly died, so I had a suitable space; all I needed was something to train them up. I went for a fairly primitive wigwam of bamboo and string; a sort of proof of concept notion, to be replaced with something more permanent if it works. So far so good. I’m thinking artistic wrought iron obelisk to replace it, anyone know of a good artisan?
The seeds for the sweet peas were just some I managed to save when I was taking down the allotment row. I’d do that again.
Sisyrinchium ‘Bowles Mauve’. Again, that’s what I’ve always known it as but go online and such a thing barely exists. It’s less than six inches tall, has seeded around to the extent of about three extra plants in two decades and is having a good year flower wise. It’s an excellent plant for the edge of paths, perhaps I should try and get some seed from it and raise a few more.
Fuchsia ‘ Auntie Jinks’. People can be snobby about Fuchsias. Tough, I say, since from this quarter you’re going to be hit with several, if not more, over the coming months. This one is just a mainstream hanging basket variety for which we didn’t have a hanging basket. It’d not win any prizes at a Fuchsia show, but it’s still pretty good. A better photographer would have seen the welsh poppy and removed it.
Dahlia. I have quite a few seed raised dahlias flowering up the allotment but this is the first to get into its stride in the garden. The name ‘Garden Glory’ is buzzing in my head but I’m probably making that up. It’s a hell of a colour and my camera doesn’t like it a bit. I need to do some staking; last year that required the electric drill and a very long 17mm masonry bit, the ground was so hard. It’ll be the same this year methinks. And you wonder why I don’t like being overlooked by neighbours when I’m gardening.
Right, we have visitors coming, I have been assigned tidying duties. As ever, links to lots of other sixes are to be found on the Propagator’s post. Loads more roses and clematis to covet, add to wanted lists or whatever. Happy gardening.