The weather seems to have gone from one extreme to the other and summer is definitely with us at the moment. The watering systems have been turned back on for the pots and the glasshouse and the plants seem to be revelling in the sun. I have a digital thermometer in the glasshouse and yesterday afternoon it recorded a high of 46.5 degrees! That was with four roof lights, five side louvres and the door all wide open. It was about 28 degrees outside. I damped the path down a few times during the day and will be doing the same today as well.
- The visitors have, sadly, returned home so it’s been time to catch up with the garden. It seems only a few weeks ago that I was ‘complaining’ about how many Forget-me-Nots I’d allowed to grow in the long border. It seemed to take forever to remove them all so you can imagine the look on my face when I looked into the border and saw the next crop of seedlings 😱
There were several blocks like this that took quite a lot of time to weed out but the border looked better for it. I’ll be doing another cull in a couple of weeks, I’m sure
- It took me a long time to work out why there were certain plants that I didn’t particularly like and then I realised that the thing that they had in common was tiny leaves. It’s a bit of a generalisation because there are, of course, exceptions to the rule but I do like interesting leaves and leaves that move. One of my favourite at this moment in time is the leaf of Ipomoea lobata. The warmer weather has given these a boost and they are ascending through various plants in the garden with great speed.
- Zantedeschia ‘Picasso’ has been flowering for a couple of weeks so I thought it had better make an appearance this week as next week might be too late.
- The picture above was photo-bombed by some succulents so I thought I’d include one of my bowls next.
- A couple of years ago I succumbed to one of those “5 unnamed Hostas for £3” or something similar offers. My previous experiences with Hostas hadn’t been great but who can resist those offers. The bare roots were duly planted in pots and all grew. Three of the plants seemed to be the same variegated variety, one had a plain leaf and the other was a (possibly) blue mouse-ear variety. I’ve kept them in pots by the froggy pond ever since and the frogs seem to keep slightly ahead of the slugs.
There is a slight perfume to the flowers and they are beautifully marked. Apologies for the bad picture.
It co-ordinates perfectly (I’d like to say that I’d planned it but I would be lying) with Hydrangea serrata ‘Miranda’ in the border behind.
- The Clematis continue to do well. When I planted the Amelanchier and Birch trees I planted a Clematis with each. Not unexpectedly, as the trees grew the Clematis diminished due to the dry conditions. The wet weather has given them a bit of a new lease of life.
Next week might be too late so I’m going to push my luck and include another Clematis here. I don’t know it’s name as it isn’t what I thought I was buying but it’s a very reliable variety. It has completely covered one of the Non-Gardener’s obelisks.
I’d better stop there. There’s a few plants to get in the ground before it gets too hot and a whole lot of dead heading to do. Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to make some time to catch up with all of the other Sixers at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/