This week I was minded to run with a theme of yellow, but could only find five decent contenders and wanted to include at least one white. Yellow features strongly then but not exclusively.
Crocosmia ‘Paul’s Best Yellow’. All is relative. Compared to Crocosmia ‘Hellfire’ at the bottom of the picture it is just about yellow but next to a lemon yellow it is very definitely orange, or golden. We have long had a nameless yellow Crocosmia that is singularly reluctant to flower. I don’t think we shall have it much longer now that this one has joined the ranks.
Yellow Dahlia. This is nameless, not because I have lost the name but because it is one of my own seedlings and I haven’t given it a name. It stood out among the plants I had on my allotment last year so, lacking a yellow of any sort, I transferred it to the garden this year to see how it performs. So far so good. If I do give it a name it won’t be ‘Jim’s Best Yellow’.
Hypericum ‘Magical Something or other’. Our localish garden centre had a few varieties a couple of years back and we chose what we thought was the best of them, then promptly lost the label. The various flavours are too similar for there to be much chance of naming it now. I probably care about that only a little more than the leaf cutter bee that has been at it.
Antirrhinum. Sue came home from Morrisons with a couple of these last year. When they’d done flowering I collected seed and sowed it this spring with no particular place in mind for them to go. They ended up getting popped into gaps in a number of places and are a sufficiently cool yellow not to be clashing too horribly, at least not to my untutored and unrefined eye. Almost all came true; there is one apricotty coloured thing that a purist might have rogued out.
Impatiens auricoma x bicaudata. This is another tender perennial that is absurdly easy from cuttings and very happy to be planted out for summer once the risk of frost has passed. Provided it has enough moisture it will then flower until the autumn. We give them only enough heat to keep them frost free in winter and they would prefer a bit more. It has yellow in it.
The last one is white. We were given a few small plants of a white Cleome last year and in the autumn I was able to collect a good quantity of seed. I sowed it in late February and now have plants flowering at around 4 feet. Not having done well with Ammi or Orlaya this year, I shall probably put all my eggs in one basket next year with Cleome. Maybe I should do a later sowing too, to give me a reserve for filling gaps as well as an extended display.
All the above was written yesterday evening and the weather forecast was for substantial rain, which would have been most welcome. Sadly, most of it missed us, it settled the dust and refreshed the garden a little. It’s a good deal cooler too, so that will help us, though it won’t be what the people who were working in last week’s heat and are headed off on their hols now will want to hear. People like our own MC, the Propagator, who is headed this way, if not this far. On the other hand, leaving behind a garden in the week we’ve just had, in the care of someone else or in the care of an automatic watering system; different sort of stress. Onward.