This week saw some significant rain, which was very welcome except that most of the paths are now almost impassable. The curtain is beginning to go up on the last act for this year, with Asters opening, Nerine pushing up and Hedychiums flowering. With our NGS openings I’ve acquired a dead-heading habit that has stood me in good stead, so Dahlias and Cosmos are still going strong. I want to get a bit of seed from the Dahlias so I have to remember to leave some heads on. Here are six things that stood out this week.
Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’. I didn’t put this in a week ago because it had barely started to flower; a week later and it’s nearly finished. It usually lasts longer but it should be getting monsoon rains and instead it’s parched. I took a picture from an upstairs window and contemplated doing five more things from the same vantage point, so uninviting was the weather yesterday.
What first caught my eye from the window was the combination of Ipomaea ‘Grandpa Otts’ and Clematis ‘Ernest Markham’ flowering atop our obelisk. The Ipomaea fades to exactly the colour of the clematis so they’re a good match.
While I was with camera, I took a couple of shots of Ligustrum lucidum ‘Excelsum Superbum’, which is now in flower. It must be at least 20 feet tall, strikingly variegated, evergreen and flowering when few other trees are.
Eucomis ‘Pink Gin’ performed especially well in a Wisley trial so I succumbed to one this year. It’s done well and may have company next year. Company of its own kind, I’ve sneaked in a second picture, for scale you understand, where the Eucomis pole-evansii which I included a few weeks back is making a second appearance.
Agapanthus inapertus ‘Icicle’ appears to have had a good year, whereas Aggie ‘Queen Mum’, right next to it, isn’t going to flower. Confusingly, there seems to be a white Aggie called ‘Icicles’. The disgusting mess of half dead Crocosmia, yellow flowered if it can be bothered, is going very soon.
Hedychium ‘Tara’. I started with one Hedychium and I’m finishing with another. I moved this from elsewhere in the garden and in its second year here it’s doing quite well, though not as well as the bit I unintentionally left behind. Both are due to be moved to another location this winter, back together again.
Part of me wants the flowers to keep going, summer never to end; the other part wants to get stuck in to planned changes, get things moved around and planted well before winter so it has a chance to get settled in while the soil is warm. I have to hold back for another month at least, realistically. I see The Propagator is still committed to being a non-propagator for a year, as captain of the sixers ship he risks the mirth (hidden) of his merry shipmates, who will believe it when they see it.