Having finished our garden openings for this summer, I went out with my phone and took a lot of clips of things I thought looked OK, then tried to cobble it together into a video.
As with taking photos using film, digital changes everything. You can take hours of appalling footage without it costing you anything but time. Then you can spend hours watching it all through, selecting bits and splicing them together, suitably edited. More time gets wasted on commentary, subtitles, transitions and so on, leaving you, well me, with something that barely scrapes through the embarrassment test. It seems to account for where most of this week has gone.
It’s not going to help me here, The Propagator has a published set of rules and a ten minute video sits outside of them. Six straightforward things from the garden is the brief and this is what I’m offering. Good thing I took the pictures yesterday, it’s sluicing it down just now.
Taxus baccata ‘Standishii’. Every year this fastigiate yew gets a little taller and very gradually I am beginning to contemplate the unthinkable business of reducing it in size. Just taking the top off would lead to it getting wider, which I don’t want, but the foliage is a thin veneer on the outside, so making it thinner will leave it naked for a year or two. I measured it yesterday, it’s 4.9m tall, just over 16 feet in old money.
A couple of weeks back I included a picture of Fuchsia ‘Delta’s Sarah‘ intertwined with Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’. They’ve been joined by Anemone hupehensis ‘Bressingham Glow’. The fuchsia is blue when it opens, turning pink over a few days and it manages to match both Anemone and Clematis.
Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana var. alba is, along with the pink version, the hardiest Begonia I have, surviving over winter outdoors without any problems. It has come into flower at a snails pace over the last few weeks but a couple of months of flower in the shady area, which mostly consists of spring flowerers, is very welcome. The leaves, especially back lit, are gorgeous too.
Salvia ‘Amistad’ and Hedychium ‘Tara’. I’m trying to imagine a big bed of ‘Amistad’ with ‘Tara’ standing proud amongst it, or a long border of ‘Amistad’ with ‘Tara’ behind it. Next year, perhaps.
I almost missed this; it’s tucked in behind other plants and deserves better, especially as it’s the only Hesperantha I have that doesn’t flop as soon as the flowers start to open. I know it as Hesperantha coccinea ‘Alba’ but that may be wrong. There’s a H. coccinea ‘Good White’, perhaps it’s that. It came from Cally Gardens originally but they don’t list any now.
Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis ‘Variegata’ is a lovely hardy Fuchsia but less vigorous than many and quite tricky to propagate. This was planted early this year and seems to have settled in well. Just have to hope it doesn’t get gall mite.
If the video ever turns into something worthy of seeing the light of day, I’ll publish a link to it. Meanwhile, it looks like I’m having a week off SoS next Saturday. I’ll give you a clue to where I’ll be.
Have a good week.