It was hotter than I like yesterday, today is much cooler, overcast with a possibility of rain and I’m quite happy about that. All winter we want it dryer and warmer, when it’s dry and warm we want cool and wet. Sad.
The mid-season change over is almost complete, all the Aquilegias and most of the foxgloves are gone, Geranium palmatum will go just after our first opening next friday and saturday. Six things happening now could be six things our visitors just miss, item one certainly is.
I looked out the window this morning and there was a red poppy open centre stage, wasn’t there yesterday. With the realisation in my head that my sixes on Saturdays are usually five from Friday and one from Wednesday, I grabbed the camera and went out to take its picture. Is it going to elbow out one of the six already chosen, not a chance. Should I sneak it in as the header? Do a pictorial footnote? Post seven items not six? You’ll agree it’s quite the dilemma, or not. Carrying on round, I found Lilium martagon with blooms that I don’t think were open yesterday and noticed other things that stood out better in the kinder light. I have to go to the tip, dispose of yesterday’s rubbish pile, then I’ll be back and make some changes.
An hour later, we’ve had enough rain to lay the dust. Perhaps there’ll be more later.
Sue’s cacti. The Echinopsis plants we have are presumably mostly or all hybrids. I don’t know whether a species in the wild synchronises its flowering but there’s a strong tendency for them to do say in the greenhouse. Thursday evening loads of them opened up and by friday afternoon most of them were starting to wilt. I tried to capture the flavour of it all on friday morning. Today a few more have opened but several are gone. There’s one picture from today at the end of the slideshow.
Fabulous overblown flowers are not just to be found in the greenhouse; Peony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ doesn’t hold back either. The blooms have gone over very quickly in the heat but there are plenty of buds so we should have flowers for a while yet.
Easing down another notch I was rather taken with this combo of Corydalis flexuosa, variety unknown, forming a backdrop for Fuchsia ‘Genii’. The Corydalis reminds me of its presence with a fair waft of scent every time I go past it. It’s tall, two foot or more, getting a bit of support from the Camellia grijsii alongside it.
I’ve established that my white Iris ensata is ‘Moonlight Waves’ but this deep purple one I still don’t have a name for. It’s very beautiful but soon over.
As ever, the first of my Hydrangeas is H. serrata ‘Cap Sizun’, a mighty fine French selection of the species. It gets some shade during the day but will be much happier for the weather turning cooler. It’s somewhere between being a lacecap or a mophead. It looked so much happier this morning that I took its picture again but the difference isn’t very apparent. Maybe I was imagining it was happier, it’s hard to get inside the head of a plant.
I had left Bomarea edulis in the ground over the winter but the slugs weren’t for letting it grow away come spring. I gave up, dug it up and put it back in a pot in my tunnel and replaced it with Bomarea caldasii, a plant in a five litre pot in the greenhouse with three feet or so of growth on it. Oddly, the slugs have barely touched it since it was planted in the hole B. edulis came out of. It isn’t flowering or even in bud yet. I had two more plants of the same variety in three litre pots, twining their way round the greenhouse and each other. I planted both into a 20 litre tub, put it in the border hidden behind a fern and trained the two plants up into the Camellias either side. One of the two looks like it might be a good flowerer, it had a couple of bud clusters when it was planted, one of which is now open. It’s not obvious how big the flowers are; not huge, perhaps 1½ inches long. It just remains to do something with Bomarea multiflora, which I saw in a garden recently and have in a big tub.
That’s of it, as they say around here. Did I already read that The Propagator is training hills in Wales, something like that, it’s all a mystery to me. He posted his post, as reliable as ever; it’s where the links are.