Another calm week weather-wise but not so much time spent in the garden. Not sure why not. Anyway, I’ve been potting up rooted cuttings from the Hydropod and have put some more Penstemon cuttings in there. Cuttings seem to be developing good roots within about 10 days on the whole. To propagate plants, like sowing seeds, is a need I feel very strongly. I haven’t a clue what I’ll do with all of the resulting plants but that doesn’t matter. However, none of the plants in this weeks Six seem to need any help with propagation, they are all strong growers.
- While a lot of the plants in my long border have passed their peak and are declining others are just coming into their own. I have several Michaelmas Daisies, most of which have a label by them with their name on. Sadly, this one seems to have lost his. Does anyone recognise it? It grows to about four feet tall and has long, slightly glossy leaves. The flowers are not as large as a lot of other Asters/Symphyotrichum. I grow mostly the novae-angliae varieties as they aren’t so prone to mildew.
- I am not a huge fan of most Solidago varieties but saw S. rugosa ‘Fireworks’ with the Michaelmas Daisies at Picton Garden a few years ago and liked its delicacy. I grow it next to the above daisy but have them the wrong way around as the Solidago is the taller but is in front. A(nother) job for the autumn sort through.
- Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ is a very strong growing perennial sunflower. It needs no staking and usually grows to about six feet. Like many perennials this year it is taller than usual. The foliage is distinctly average but the flowers are a lovely soft yellow and go on for weeks and weeks, especially with some deadheading.
- To the left of the Helianthus is another plant that I bought on my visit to Picton Garden, Persicaria ‘Indian Summer’. It seems to be going for border domination this year and I am debating whether to remove it. I’m sure that there are better varieties although I don’t think any Persicarias are known for their reluctance to grow!
- Another recent (last year) arrival the border is Bidens ferulifolia (I think). The delicate leaves and light airy flowers belie its rapidly spreading habit. It’s a keeper though.
- Anemone hupehensis ‘Hadspen Abundance’ is definitely abundant. The flowers are a dark pink and consist of three larger and two smaller petals (or are they tepals? I must check).
I love the exuberance of this weeks plants but I’ll try to find some more genteel plants for next weeks Six 😂.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to look at all the other Sixes at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/