There will be only one thing happening in my garden this saturday and it involves stone. Lots of stone. You won’t get to see it in Saturday
fsixes, it’s such fun I’ll do a post about it separately.
I got the sheet onto my polytunnel on thursday, so that’s now ready to get tested by next week’s forecast storms and tempests. Bring it on, I’m not even slightly concerned; it’ll be fine. I meant to say we got the sheet on, as I enlisted some help from neighbouring plotholders and couldn’t have done it without them. It’s rough around the edges but it doesn’t need to look good on the allotment. All that’s in it so far is what was growing in the ground, basically a couple of dahlias and a few terrible cabbages.
The very nearly finished tunnel. I need to cobble together some doors and tidy up the excess plastic.
Last week I was lamenting the imminent demise of my Schefflera, this week it’s our one and only Acer. Like the Schefflera, nostalgia is involved. This is the only plant in the garden that predates Sue and me. 32 years ago it was a couple of feet high. It has suffered badly from drought in the last few years and I suspect it’s damaged root system is now fighting off either honey fungus or Phytopthora. I cut out a couple of branches that died earlier this year but some parts of it lost their leaves weeks before the rest so I would be surprised if more than half of it came into leaf in the spring. Do I cut it back and try to save it or cut my losses and celebrate a planting opportunity?
Heuchera ‘Forever Red’. Way back I tried to grow Heucheras and they quickly succumbed to vine weevil. I was deterred from trying again for a long time. This year when nurseries reopened and I rushed out to my favourite one I saw this and succumbed to temptation. If it comes through the winter well I shall certainly be getting more.
Fuchsia ‘Cotta Bright Star’. We have this and we have ‘Cotta Christmas Tree’ and for the last several years I seem to have done a good job of keeping ‘Christmas Tree’ going, ie taking cuttings and always having two or three healthy plants, while struggling with this one. Mostly they all seemed to be the same, I think I was propagating from a ‘Tree’ labelled ‘Star’, to the point where I thought I’d lost it; the plant that is. On thursday I noticed this thing flowering, checked the label, ‘Cotta Bright Star’. Searched high and low for ‘Christmas Tree’, couldn’t find any. Then yesterday when I was watering the greenhouse, I found one.
Apple ‘Tregonna King’. I have grafted two old west country apples onto my family apple, originally ‘Elstar’. This is one and the other is ‘Plympton Pippin’. It is listed in the National Fruit Collection database but with no description or pictures. In ‘A Cornish Pomona’ it is described as green, turning yellow, multipurpose; which doesn’t square with what I have. In fact the one ‘Tregonna King’ fruit looks exactly the same as the three or four ‘Plympton Pippin’ fruits. That isn’t in the NFC database at all. Neither is it listed on OrangePippin. I must go up to Cotehele and have a look in their mother orchard, it’s probably there. I wish they’d document it online. It’s a late variety, a cooker, hanging on through wind and rain, and very large.
The supporting cast. I was wandering round with my camera and realised that it’s the things that are spectacular for a short period that always get priority in my sixes. The backing band are always there but get overlooked, they will still be flowering next week and the week after. They are useful to fall back on when there’s nothing else. Then the year has passed and in spite of having been the hardest workers in the garden, they’ve not been featured once. Here’s to the Salvias, Osteospermums, Geraniums, Penstemons, Fuchsias and the rest. Most of them are still flowering, less profusely, but enough to make the garden brighter.
There’s a flat ceiling of grey cloud overhead this morning and it’s dull. I’ve one more tonne bag of stone to barrow to the top of the garden, then I get started on what looks like the toughest jigsaw puzzle ever, turning it into a wall. I’ll be taking breaks and checking in to the six on saturday links on Jon’s blog. Looking at the rainfall radar, there’s a bit of light rain about, hope it misses me. It’ll be a long enough day without it.