Looks like we may be back to more familiar weather for a while, frontal systems coming in off the Atlantic, an hour or two of rain then back to dry. The garden seems to be in transition, I’ve done nearly all the planting I have planned and am waiting for things to start flowering. In earlier and simpler times, it would be the time when the summer bedding was all in, the spring bedding having been removed a few weeks ago.
That said, I went round on Friday with my camera and came back in with at least twice as many viable entries for a saturday six as I needed. Too many is always preferable to too few so let’s have a look.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Shojo’. I don’t doubt that when I put this in around this time last year that I remarked on how I’d come close to chucking it out for under-performing. Not last year, and not this year either. Understated compared to a mophead macrophylla but a lovely thing all the same. I’m expecting the flowers to get a bit bigger and to turn more blue.
Aeonium ‘Pomegranate’. This is a Surreal Succulents hybrid from 2014 and on their website it has yellowish leaves with a red blush. I think ours might be a bit better nourished, perhaps even over nourished. It’s enormous; the rosette is 13 inches across. We need to find somewhere in full sun where it can develop it’s full colour potential.
Fuchsia boliviana. Talking of things fulfilling their potential, this species fuchsia, generally reckoned fairly tender, has been in our garden for years. Every year it comes up fairly late, grows to around 4 feet and if we’re lucky one or two shoots will just about flower around October/November, then the whole thing gets killed to the ground by frost. Two years ago I took cuttings which came through the winter unscathed in my unheated tunnel this winter in 3 litre pots. I planted a group of three a few weeks back and they are flowering their socks off. It’ll be interesting to see if they keep flowering all summer. The second picture shows the original plant in the ground which will not flower for many months.
Exobasidium. Camellias occasionally get galls on them at this time of year but I’ve not seen them in my garden before today. They mostly infect shoots and the white, swollen mass still has discernible swollen leaves. In this case, on Camellia ‘Minato-no-akebono’ it seems to have infected a few late flowers, there are small pink flakes of petals stuck to the outsides. This plant has never produced fruits and there are none on it now or I may have suspected infection of the fruit, which also sometimes happens. They’re not a serious problem, there are usually only a few on a bush, so they need picking off and disposing of.
Fern of the week is Dryopteris erythrosora. It is just an amazing colour just now. I have another which is not quite so good and a variety called ‘Brilliant’ which isn’t anything of the sort. This has made quite a big clump and is two to three feet tall.
Salvia ‘Sylas Dyson’. We’ve grown a lot of different Salvias over the years and this is becoming a firm favourite. It’s a bit darker than ‘Royal Bumble’ and smaller flowered, but a good doer and free flowering. I held a bit of ‘Royal Bumble’ up to show the comparison.
That’s yer lot. You don’t need me to remind you to check out the links to other sixes from The Propagator’s blog. Gotta go, need to plant my onions.