On thursday I was sowing cyclamen seeds, then yesterday I planted up some of the bare space in the front garden. It felt way too early to be sowing seeds and way too late to be planting. I have Cyclamen and Japanese anemones flowering. It seems like the chronological signposts have been removed.
At least I’ve got Dahlias flowering now, both in the garden and up the allotment. That’ll keep me in SoS flowers for a few months and anchor me in mid to late summer. Talking of which:
Dahlia. I don’t know its name but it’s a mid height fierce red and the camera can’t cope very well. Should have done it in RAW so I could tweak it but didn’t.
Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’. This old double form of meadow cranesbill is a delight, which I probably wouldn’t have thought 10 years ago. Geraniums have crept up on me. The flowers are made quite vibrant by the red veins in the centre but my favourite take on it is backlit in the evenings when it is central to the view from our back door.
Alstroemeria ‘Inticancha Sunshine’. This was the second of the two Alstroemerias I bought at our local garden centre a couple of weeks back. It’s a miniature, getting around 8 inches tall, but it looks so far to be free flowering and vigorous. It will stay in a pot. I took the picture with evening sunshine slightly exaggerating its pinkness, but it’s pretty bright in any light.
Begonia sp. U614. The Prop featured a hardy Begonia a fortnight back and here’s another. This was introduced from Arunachal Pradesh by Michael Wickenden and distributed incorrectly under the name Begonia sikkimensis. It seems to be a new species but no one has given it a name yet. I have had it in the ground outside through the last two winters and it has survived, just. It comes up around June and doesn’t get very big before winter arrives again. This plant was a division that I brought on inside last year and planted out this spring. It’s about 8 inches high, twice that across, and it is starting to flower, white, bottom right. It seems to me that even if they are hardy they may be better treated as if they are not. I will lift this for the winter. It will die down anyway, it’s not like I’m missing out on anything.
Indigofera pendula. I think I only planted this in spring last year. It got up to about 6 feet last year; I cut it back early this year to about 3 feet and it’s put it all back on and has been flowering for weeks. The racemes are up to 16 inches long but the flowers are not very bright so it can’t compete with Dahlias and the like.
Every week I get to number six and have to decide which of several contenders to run with. This one is an unplanned coming together of two plants that I thought rather pleasing. The flowers are Hypericum calycinum, which was dying out in most places 30 years ago from rust but seems to have survived untroubled in our garden. The fern is the hardy maidenhair Adiantum venustum, which just might finally be becoming a bit more widely available. Can there be another plant that looks so delicate but is actually so tough.
That we’re going out for a pub lunch today is a matter of little importance or interest, though more so in these weird times. There’ll be no gardening done this afternoon, I’d better do what needs doing this morning, whatever it may be. Pumping water was part of it.
Many more sixes, another part of it, are to found here.