I think you can just about see the plants growing at this time of year. Every day there’s something new to see, a shoot, a flower (ignore the greenfly, blackfly, lily beetles, caterpillars, slugs and snails). I’ve just about planted out all of the plants that I’ve grown/bought – well, apart from the couple that I bought the other day at a local nursery and the ones that I’m growing on in pots to replace ones that the slugs and snails have eaten……..
Saturdays seem to come around so quickly and it’s time for another six already.
1. The roses on the ropes and posts at the front of the house are just about at their peak. They’re all David Austin English Roses, Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’, Rosa ‘Snow Goose’ and Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’. The scent in the evening is wonderful. I planted Clematis varieties with them but it gets very dry at the roots and only one has survived. It more than makes up for the others though with its exuberance.
On the house side one of the ‘Graham Thomas’ has fallen off of the ropes and is swamping the plants underneath!
2. Another Clematis (viticella ‘Margot Koster’) this time with a honeysuckle (variety unknown). Margot K is flowering very early this year. This honeysuckle gets attacked by greenfly EVERY year just before flowering. I wash as many off as I can with a hose. It flowers again later in the summer as well.
3. This honeysuckle, however, doesn’t seem to get greenfly at all. I was given an unnamed cutting and told it was highly scented but I beg to differ. The bees love it though. Can anyone identify it? Is it tellmanniana?
4. The Geraniums are in full swing, I wish I had room for more. This is Geranium palmatum, also known as the Canary Island Geranium. Although it’s supposed to be hardy it doesn’t reliably survive the winter for me and so I grow it in a pot and move it into the glasshouse for the winter.
5. I used to grow Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ but it can get a little overpowering in the border so when I saw that ‘Ann Thompson’ was an offspring that was a bit more restrained I bought one. However, I don’t think this is ‘Ann T’. It’s upright! It seems quite similar to G. Psilostemon, which I also have.
6. I needed a plant to grow in a large pot on the side of the house where the wind funnels through. Not asking too much! So far, Sambuccus nigra ‘Black Lace’ is doing well in this situation. I love the pink flowers with the dark leaves.
So that’s another week and another Six. Don’t forget to keep checking in at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ to see what other Sixers are up to.