It’s one of those beautiful bright mornings where you go out, take a deep breath and go back in for a jumper. I intend to spend time on my allotment; Monty says it’s time to prune my Blackcurrants, not that I watched GW. A bit of weeding wouldn’t go amiss either and I should dead head my dahlias, keep the bees food supply going as long as I can. There’s lots going on here in the garden, no problem finding six yet.
The new glasshouse. Last weeks picture showed the completed frame, which is how far I’d got by Saturday morning. The rest of Saturday saw the whole structure completed and Sunday was spent doing the glazing. Monday was wet but I was able to complete the staging and vent openers in the dry, as well as getting some of the displaced stuff from the ex shed tucked in under the staging. Two years ago I put in a picture of the area at the side of the house, describing it as a failure. It’s still not perfect but it has certainly improved.
Fuchsia of the week. Fuchsia boliviana. This is a species that we have grown in the garden for many years where it gets killed to the ground by the first frost each year, then grows up again to sometimes flower very late in the year, sometimes not. We took a few cuttings a couple of years back and kept them in the tunnel through last winter, meaning they didn’t die down and have flowers on them now.
Hedychium ‘Tara’. This was collected from the rim of the Kathmandu Valley as seed in 1972 by Tony Schilling, who was curator of Wakehurst Place. Botanists have still not decided whether it is a form of H. coccineum or a natural hybrid. I thought I’d dug this plant out as it was in the root zone of a big conifer and way too dry in summer when it should have been experiencing monsoon rains. I dug and potted up one bit and evidently missed this bit, doing rather better now that the tree has gone. It is fully hardy in southern England.
Impatiens omeiana ‘Ice Storm’. So named because its new leaves are silvery in spring. I have three forms of Impatiens omeiana, which just might mean I could get seeds. I have them all close together, I should perhaps be making an effort to cross pollinate them; I don’t know whether any of our pollinating insects will do the job. This is in a pot, I struggle to find places that are moist enough for it in the ground. They really don’t like drying out.
Indigofera pendula. I bought this about a year ago, planted it this spring and included it in a six in June when it was flowering. It had a short rest from flowering but put on a couple of feet of new growth and it is now flowering again from that. The racemes are much longer than earlier, I measured one at 48cm/19 inches. The colour is lost among Dahlias and Ricinus and I don’t want the shade it was throw when larger in the place where it is, so a move is very much on the cards.
Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and unknown Japanese anemone. I’m content to call this combination a happy accident. There’s a purple Aster just beginning to open at the left of the picture which would contrast even better with the yellow but the Golden Rod is soon over so it won’t happen. I’m not convinced the Solidago flowers long enough to be worth the space it takes up but bees and flies love it while it lasts.
That’s yer lot. Links to loads of other sixes here. I’m off to bring in my onions.