The rain finally arrived, and then some! It rained all day Wednesday, was patchy on Thursday, back to rain all day Friday and today looks to be the same (tomorrow’s not a lot better). I usually take my pictures on Friday afternoon or early Saturday but not this week. I have just dashed out and this weeks Six are things accessible from the gravel path.
- I’ve mentioned before that my Fuchsias have had quite a problem with Fuchsia Gall Mite for several years now. It started in the hardy bush types and I eventually removed them as they weren’t flowering at all. I also had many (around 50 at the peak) half hardy varieties and the pesky mites have gradually appeared in them as well. Pinching out the affected shoots is all well and good but you end up with plants with no flowers for a large part of the season. I have discarded the worst affected over the last couple of years and this year I’d (just about) made the decision that I would stop growing them for a few years but on Gardeners Question Time last week the curator of RHS Wisley said that they have found that there tends to be a couple of bad years and then it balances out a bit. There is also some evidence that the treatment for Red Spider Mite may help. My indecision has increased! The cooler weather has slowed them down and I have some flowers at last. Fingers crossed that the wind and rain don’t do too much damage.
- I have several Honeysuckles in the garden including this one on a post by the glasshouse. I think it’s Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica’. It’s an early blooming variety which means that virtually every year it flowers just as a plague of aphids arrive, ahead of the ladybirds. Or maybe that is just in my garden. I’ve thought about removing it but it shares the spot with a very healthy Clematis ‘Margot Koster’ so not so easy to do. The recent weather must have suited it and it’s having a very good go at flowering again.
As you can see in the above photo the Amelanchier near to it has lost most of it’s leaves. It’s a late to leaf, early to drop tree.
- In the bed opposite the glasshouse door is a pleasing red, white and blue combination – well it was the other day, I wish I’d thought to photograph it then!
- On the left of the above picture is a small Beech hedge growing in front of a trellis. On the other side of this is a “climbing” Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’.
- The Ricinus have flowered well and have plenty of seed heads which provide a lovely shot of colour but I don’t think that they will ripen this year
- The heads of the Michaelmas Daisies are bowing down with the weight of the rain in the flowers but they should 🤞come back up again. The shorter varieties fare better in this weather. This variety is supposed to be about 18″ tall but mine has never reached that lofty height, preferring to grow more horizontally.
That’s this weeks soggy six. I was going to unveil the Fern Wall, the summer project, but it looks very bedraggled (although I’m sure the ferns are loving the rain) so will keep that for next week. Rather a lot of bulbs have recently arrived and I’m going to make use of a rainy day by making a plan as to where they are all going to go (largely in pots) and in what combinations. That sounds such a good idea😂.
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