I’ve rarely been so pleased to have rain; a good drop too, enough to fill the water tanks and give the garden a good watering. Knowing it was coming on Friday, my usual day for taking SoS pictures, I had decided on Wednesday that I would focus on the things we grow in pots and get some pictures taken early. That’s not how it worked out of course.
Last Saturday saw oldhouseintheshires first out of the blocks and at number six was their lovely seating area, described as their “favourite spot in the garden at the moment”. I thought about our little bench, plonked down just outside the back door on the decking, its back to the conservatory and as often as not enjoying a close up view of my undercrackers and socks. I put down my iPad and went straight out and moved it. It is now backed by a highly aromatic Trachelospermum asiaticum on the fence and has the sweet pea obelisk in front of it. We get a reasonable view of most of the garden and it’s not overlooked at all.
I put up this archway nearly four years ago and planted various things around it. I’m fairly sure this is Clematis ‘Etoile Violet’ which seems to come out looking less purple and more red in photos than it is in real life. There are three clematis planted on the arch but this is the only one that is really performing so far.
Fuchsia of the week is ‘Eruption’. I’ve seen this grown well in a hanging basket and this plant is so far a pretty pathetic specimen. Just wait until next year, it will be truly amazing. While I’m on Fuchsias I’m going to sneak in another picture of the one I featured a fortnight ago, ‘Auntie Jinks’. It’s come on a bit since then.
OK, the Fuchsias are growing in pots, but that wasn’t really what I was meaning. We have a few places where we group pots of things together as a display. Like out the front of the house where the concrete drive meets the rendered wall. It faces south so it has to be populated with things that will be happy in the conditions.
I was going to do groups of pots and individual plants in pots but you’re only going to get one of each. The individual specimen is Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’, which has been in this pot for around five years now. I split it in half earlier this year and the other half is in the group picture above. This is one of those plants that clashes with everything: we used to have Berberis ‘Orange King’, that did the same. Actually, looking at the picture above, it goes well enough with the Gazanias.
Hemerocallis ‘Bela Lugosi’.
Actually, the Hemerocallis is not the real story. I bought a new cable to connect camera to computer. With one I already have it means I can set up the camera on a tripod in the conservatory and control it from my computer upstairs. Next week’s six may be all focus stacked images. The Hemerocallis is really 32 images, you can’t do that outdoors in Cornwall with things that move in a breeze.
I need to get out and see what has flopped with the rain. Empty the drip trays under the Fuchsias. Probably stake some Dahlias. The usual story of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted no doubt.
Plenty of popping back in for coffee and a quick look at other tales from the gardens of people around the planet: check out the links from The Propagator’s missive. See you next week.