Summer holiday season in Cornwall is always manic and I tend to hunker down and steer well clear of the busy bits. Sue was down in Looe during the week and said it was heaving. If you know where to go you can avoid the crowds completely. It’s a safe bet that you could sit in the middle of Leskernick bronze age village on Bodmin moor all day long and not have company at all.
I’ve barely been out, the garden and allotment fill my days and I’m happy to have it that way. I did my weekly stint as a volunteer at Mt Edgcumbe and a gardening job on another day, otherwise I’ve not been out.
We missed out on a really hot day yesterday, it hit about 24°C max, which was still plenty hot enough to be weeding in. I mooched about with my camera, trying to find six interesting things I’d not already done. Here’s what I came up with.
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea ‘Transparent’. This was well named, when it comes to trying to get a picture of it the name describes it well. I’ve taken dozens of pictures, from all angles and at every time of day. This is a six foot tall grass which my brain can perfectly easily focus on without seeing only the background but I haven’t caught that on camera as well as I’d like yet.
Begonia palmata ‘Tye Dye’. Like the species I included a couple of weeks ago, this is a Michael Wickenden introduction from Arunachal Pradesh. It was sold to me as hardy but I’m taking that with a big pinch of salt. I’ve just plunged it, still in its pot, for this summer outside. I’ve got a couple of young plants of it going now so I’ll bring it under cover for winter and plant it in the ground next year. The buds will open to small pink flowers.
Two for the price of one, or the subject is the juxtaposition of the two elements. Actually, I’ll ignore the Scarborough lily for now, it’ll be looking much better next week, and focus on the Geranium which is ‘Dragon Heart’. It’s a hybrid of G. psilostemon, which I have and love, and G. x oxonianum, which I have and don’t. It’s growing alongside ‘Ann Folkard’ and ‘Tiny Monster’, three out and out thugs together. I measured the bloom and it was exactly 2 inches across.
Hydrangea paniculata cv. This got a mention in my recent blog about hydrangeas but I thought it was good enough to put here too. It’s a short standard, on a three foot stem, but I don’t know the variety. Sue said it went pink last year but I don’t remember it. There’ll be pictures somewhere probably.
Hydrangeas go on for quite a while, bridging the early season into the late. Dahlias are very definitely after the solstice plants so in a sense once they really get going you know it’s downhill all the way to winter. They don’t allow you to be depressed about it though, they’re the ultimate feelgood flower and none more so than the ones that combine clashing colours in the same bloom like ‘Kalinka’.
The new thing. Last year I constructed an obelisk out of canes and grew sweet peas up it. It was a sort of proof of concept, in that it was between 8 and 9 feet tall and nothing I’d seen in garden centres was much over six, which I didn’t think was big enough. I put the canes back this spring and planted sweet peas again. They never really took off, nowhere near as good as last year. It came to our attention that a friend of a friend worked in a place that made iron gates. Sue knocked up a design, they did the rest and delivered it a week ago. I put it up on Monday, sacrificing the sweet peas, but I managed to rescue and replant the Mina that was in the middle of the cane wigwam. It has a long way to go if it’s to reach the top this summer. We’ll probably plant a rose/clematis combination unless I can come up with something more original that promises to perform well.
It’s bright and shiny but will go dull, at which point I shall consider painting it black.
And that’s yer lot. The Prop is on his hols but there being no peace for the wicked he will no doubt be up to his MC duties same as always. All the Six on Saturday links are here.