It’s a few weeks since we last had significant rain so the garden is caught between full summer flowery blowsiness and dusty tiredness. Watering accounts for the lion’s share of gardening activity, though I need to pick blackcurrants and that will eat up a few hours.
Habranthus brachyandrus. I bought a little pot of flowering bulbs a few years back and they’ve proved easy to grow, thriving on neglect as they do. They’re in a bigger pot than when I bought them, but stay in the conservatory. They’re supposed to flower late summer after a good soaking but if that’s what they got it was more by luck than judgement. I collected seed from them last year and sowed them mid March, they’ve grown well, hopefully they won’t take too many years to flower. Originates from South America.
Fuchsia of the week slot goes to F. ‘Shuna Lyndsay’. Raised by James Travis in the UK, with more than a little F. denticulata in its parentage from the look of it.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Fuji-no-taki’. As hydrangeas go this one is tiny, about two feet high and wide after several years. It has masses of heads of double flowers, opening white with a yellow-green centre which fades to white as the outer petals turn pink. Close up pictures do it a disservice, showing up spots and browned edges in a way that passes unnoticed in the garden.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Shojo’. I find it slightly extraordinary that this plant has never made it into a six. I did move it a few years ago and it’s happier where it is now, in part shade. Even so, it has taken four or five years to really get into its stride and produce a proper display rather than a few flowers here and there. The leaves are heavily infused with red pigment this year, so densely as to appear nearly black. I have two other serratas and a serrata hybrid doing the same thing.
Astilbe ‘Visions’. Step out the back door and right in front of you is our filled in pond, now a boggy area. I left the liner in place when I filled in the pond and all the vegetable washing water gets thrown in there. Right now it’s a mass of flower, mostly pink, some white and red, mostly Astilbes plus last weeks Filipendula. A couple of the Astilbes are later flowering; it might have been better if they’d all flowered together. This one is almost purple, very upright and quite short.
This is experimental. It doesn’t help that nothing shows up in the editor, so I’m not even certain it’s there. I have a camera that will do high quality video but needs a gimball to be much use handheld. I used my iPad, which is better, though my sailor’s gait still intrudes but then I had the problem of getting the video onto my Windows computer. I’m painfully aware that the generation behind me do all this stuff effortlessly on their phones. I’m computer literate but in decades out of date technology.
Another week over. Yesterday evening I was judge of the flower and veg sections of the Liskeard Show which is on today. Not too onerous. Will I go today? Well I might but it’s mostly farm animals and horses and burgers and booze, not really my thing. Pottering about the garden, reading a few blogs, watch a bit of Wimbledon, drink lots of tea; that’s more my style. The blogs to read are the ones at The Propagator, but you know that already.