31°C Thursday, 19°C Friday, 17°C the forecast for today. It’s raining too. You have to admire the way most plants cope; they can’t put on a sun hat or don coat and gloves, they just have to put up with it. We’ve had more rain overnight, I don’t know how much until I check the water butts. I’m not complaining too much but it would be nice to not get blight on my spuds so I don’t want it to get stuck in a rut. There’s a heap of stuff happening, I drew six straws pretty much at random.
I have a Hydrangea called ‘Garden House Glory’, a selection made at The Garden House, Buckland Monochorum. It was released by Pan Global Plants and they describe it as a macrophylla x serrata hybrid with glowing red flowers. Mine has flowers that are red for a hydrangea but would be described as pink for anything else. They stay pink, even on my acid soil. I read the very detailed article that SweetgumandPines included a link to last week about hydrangea colour and I still don’t know how that works.
We’ve never had much luck with lilies but last year, probably encouraged in my wishful thinking by fellow bloggers, I added three varieties to my bulb order. Only five of each mind. I planted them in what seemed like appropriate locations in the garden and settled in for this years fabulous display. One lot have vanished. The other two I have three out of five on each. Slugs as usual were the culprit, hammering them as soon as they reached the soil surface. This one though, I like so much that I am inclined to get more and make a much bigger effort to keep the slugs from them somehow. It’s Lilium ‘Guinea Gold’, a martagon type.
Ipomaea purpurea ‘Grandpa Otts’. These were from the HPS seed distribution that I grew last year and collected my own seed from. I have several around the garden, groups of two or three in pots or in the ground. I have high hopes, they’ve grown hugely better than last year and are already flowering quite well. A challenge to photograph but I should get plenty of opportunities to practice.
Pteris umbrosa. This week’s fern is one I’ve had under my feet in the greenhouse for a couple of years, in too small a pot so frequently getting too dry. It’s native to the rainforest areas of south eastern Australia so I have no right to expect it to be hardy, but it is reputed to be borderline so I’ve put it under the edge of a Camellia canopy and will pack leaves around it for winter protection. It’s quite different from any other fern I have and if it thrives should be very ornamental.
(Correction time. It was pointed out to me that this is not in fact Malope ‘Vulcan’. I searched again and have concluded, until proven otherwise, that it’s Malva sylvestris ssp. mauritiana ‘Bibor Felho’. It’s available from Seedaholic, and no doubt others.)
Mallope trifida ‘Vulcan’. My allotment neighbour Mary gave up her plot last summer, leaving behind a small ornamental corner with a few nice things in it. One of them was this thing, flowering impressively on a bushy plant about three feet tall. Come autumn, I noticed it looked to have ripe seeds, which I collected and sowed in mid March. I had no idea what it was, noting it down as “Mallow, ex allotment”. Someone posted a picture of it somewhere and I was able to give it its rightful name. I maybe should have pinched them when they were small, they ran up tall with a single stem, now producing side shoots; and were left leaning by last weekends blustery wind. It’s the perfect filler for the bare patch left by the demise of a trio of conifers, underplanted with four varieties of magenta Geraniums.
My every attempt to construct a small paved area where we can put out a couple of chairs and enjoy a cool beer on a summer evening has been thwarted by it being temporarily filled with plants which stay there all summer. On the fence behind one such patio is Trachelospermum asiaticum, covered now with small, creamy, highly fragrant flowers. It’d be a lovely place to sit if it weren’t full of Fuchsias, seedlings etc.
It looks like it might turn into one of those on/off mizzly days where it’s no fun being out and frustrating being in. I’m working up to a video post for June, that’ll keep me occupied. I need a soundtrack that isn’t all squawking gulls. Don’t forget (as if you would) to check the links from Jon’s post to the rest of the SoS gang.