The rain gauge yesterday morning had accumulated 52.5mm in the prior 24hrs and it was a very soggy garden that I wandered round, looking for survivors to include here. There was more than I expected; the usual mix at this time of year of late performers and earlier performers just hanging in with a last gasp flower or two. I’m guessing the rain gauge will have a similar amount today too, but I’ve not been out.
Chrysanthemum ‘Dulwich Pink’. Having mentioned three of my four recent acquisition Chrysanthemums in a single item last week, here is the fourth, performing solo.
Fuchsia ‘Obcylin’. For the last couple of seasons all the garden fuchsias and most of the pot ones have been cut hard back at the end of the season, stripped of any remaining leaves and cleaned around to remove dead leaves and flowers; all in an effort to keep Fuchsia gall mite at bay, As a result, most have had to make a good deal of new growth before they could flower and many still have flower on them now. Most of the encliandra section Fuchsias that people grow have tiny vivid pink flowers so this one is a welcome change, with slightly larger than average blooms as well. It’s an interspecies cross; F. obconica x F. cylindracea, not as far as I know reckoned to be hardy but when we have a few plants going one will get left out to put that to the test.
Plectranthus argentatus. A month ago when the flowers on this started to appear I put it in a six and said that I thought it would be better with the flowers removed. They weren’t and here is the result now. I was wrong, I admit it. It has that quality of glowing in low light too, which makes it even more worth having at this end of the season.
Wandering about, I spotted a flash of blue where no flash of blue should have been. Closer inspection, and the plant is about 2 inches tall, revealed this, which I think might be Lobelia syphilitica, an ID I’d love to have confirmed by someone who’s grown it, as I never have, at least knowingly. I have absolutely no idea how it got there.
Passiflora ‘Damsel’s Delight’. I can’t speak for the damsel’s but I am delighted with this. I included it in a six on the twelth of June and I doubt whether there has been a day since when it hasn’t had at least one bloom on it. And this is a young plant, only planted back in the spring and mostly consisting of a single stem with a few smallish laterals. It gets a ten from me, no danger.
Fuchsia ‘Lechlade Debutante’. This is another interpecies hybrid, F. paniculata x F. lampadaria. I know nothing about F. lampadaria but F. paniculata is similar to F. arborescens, big chunky species that need time and space to flower well. Cut back hard, as has been our practice, ‘Lechlade Debutante’ doesn’t get around to flowering until September or even later. This year I shall give it a light trim rather than a short back and sides, put it in my tunnel and hope that next year it fulfils its undoubted potential.
And that, good people, is my half dozen for this week. I’m off to Rosemoor today for an RCM meeting, a day of talking plants with like minded people. A sense of normality is slowly returning. I’ve been booked to do a couple of garden club talks too, so they’re starting to open up as well. ‘Normal’ now means speaking to people from a bit further back, getting used to a cool breeze where you once would have closed the window, spacing the chairs out rather more. I can live with that, better to do normal things a bit differently than not do them at all.
Running a hundred miles is not normal, but we’re talking about the ship’s captain, so he’s allowed to be exceptional, it could even be a requirement. He puts the links to other crew members here, be sure to check them out.