Hmmmph! I don’t like wind. Two days of wind and all the pot plants that are lying down start to turn sideways. I haven’t been up the allotment to see how Dahlias and runner beans have fared. I’ve been pinned down indoors. It’s not good for brevity.
Fuchsia of the week is Fuchsia procumbens. We planted a little group of these in the garden earlier this year, thought we’d give it another go in the ground, having tried and failed some years back. This is possibly the least Fuchsia like of all Fuchsias, completely prostrate with thin wiry stems and small round leaves. Like the other New Zealand species it has blue pollen.
Roscoea hybrids. I can’t resist collecting seeds and growing new plants. In 2017 I bought two or three Roscoeas in flower, planted them out and was very pleased after the flowers were over to find seed pods splitting and spilling seeds. I collected them and sowed them immediately, on 23/9/17. By July of this year I had 4 trays of 9cm plants nearly a foot tall; 72 plants. I gave away 50, planting them in a Liskeard garden where within days they had started to bloom. The other tray I planted through a dormant mat of wood anemones in my own garden. I reckon the Roscoea is up when the Anemone is down and vice versa and there was already one, a plant of Roscoea ‘Red Gurkha’, that had been over-run by the anemone and seemed to be coping fine with growing through it. Three of my seedlings have now flowered, all different and all good. The first two pictures are of the same plant; taken in slightly different light conditions. The third one is a stacked image of a plant still in a pot.
Scarborough Lily. Cyrtanthus elatus ‘Pink Diamond’. We have this pink form and the more common scarlet form but while the pink goes from strength to strength, we haven’t had a red flower for years. This has 11 stems this year. I believe the beastie hoovering up the pollen is a bee fly. The plant is just outside the kitchen window in our conservatory where it does a fine job of making the washing up a bit less of a chore. Too bad it only lasts a couple of weeks.
Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’. Some flowers defy being captured in a photograph. Especially tricky are the very dark ones; you close right in and the camera sees an image which is mostly very dark so it tries to compensate and over exposes it instead. I think your brain compounds the problem because a close up lacks the context that it was actually in and that is a vital part of how we see things. So, a close up and a contextual version. The latter is straight out of the camera, the close up took a lot of tweaking to get it to look right. As a garden plant it is interesting but so dark it’s more like a patch of shadow than a patch of colour.
We were paid a visit recently by a gardening friend who is very into rare plants and has a garden stuffed full of all sorts of weird things, makes mine look quite pedestrian. On our reciprocal visit to her garden she was taking note, literally, of the things that I took any sort of interest in with a view to propagating them for me. We came away with a couple of little plants in pots but on Tuesday this week I came home to find a parcel in the porch which I opened up to find bits of seven things she’d noted. A couple of them I didn’t even remember seeing, let alone admiring. Some had roots, some not. Some have gone under my mist system, some into this glass cloche, which is excellent for providing a humid atmosphere but not suffering from condensation. The one on the right is Grevillea barklyana, which can get to ten metres! Am I a bad person if I hope it doesn’t root?
I pruned my apple tree. I summer prune, but when I have done it in the third week of August like the RHS say, it starts to grow again from the buds that I want to turn into fruit spurs. They say prune to one leaf above the basal cluster; I have left 3 or four leaves above the basal cluster. The distal one or two buds may break and start to grow but I will cut the shoots back to one bud above the basal cluster in September by which time it is too late for new growth to happen. I did it with my ARS-180ZF-2.0-3 telescopic pruner, which meant I didn’t have to try and find somewhere to put the step ladder or to balance precariously on top of it. All done from the ground in about 15 minutes. The tree is bigger than it looks in the picture.
The forecast is for it to be blowy all day but mainly dry, I’d better go and see if my beans are still standing. I could have worse problems. Cornwall is a big holiday destination and there’s not a right lot to do if the weather is bad so the tourists get grumpy. At least I can hunker down and do something indoors. The Prop is in Scotland on his hols; no holiday from the monster he created in six on Saturday. He’s posted already of course and the links to everyone else are coming in fast.