What is going on with the weather? It’s been three weeks since we had any rain (the very brief shower Thursday night doesn’t count). The ground is like concrete and almost impossible to dig and now we’re having unseasonably strong winds. Poor plants. I spent a day pulling out Forget-Me-Nots this week and the cracks in the ground are now very visible. Long established plants are doing alright thanks to all the rain we had in the autumn/winter but those that I’ve recently planted out, divided etc are really struggling. Watering seems to be a full time job at the moment. That’s the moaning done with. I’m thankful every day for the pleasure my garden gives me and for the hours that it keeps me occupied. Now, here’s this weeks Six from my garden.
1. The roses are beautiful at the moment but are currently having a battering in the wind. They grow on posts and ropes across the front of the house. This is what they looked like yesterday.
‘Graham Thomas’. It’s actually more yellow than it looks in the photo.
‘Crown Princess Margarita’, a lovely orangey apricot
‘Snow Goose’ just getting into it’s stride
There’s a couple of Clematis growing through the roses but I think that this one has gone into over-drive. There’s a rose in there somewhere!
2. I have two little froggy ponds, one in the front garden and this one in the very back. It’s in rather a shady spot but the plants are growing quite well. The variegated Iris is the star at the moment.
3. Geum ‘Mai Tai’ had got a bit overwhelmed with Forget-Me-Nots so will enjoy the clear ground for a few days.
4. While a lot of Clematis are approaching peak flowering C. Alpina ‘Francis Rivis’ has been and gone and is now covered with beautiful seed heads.
5. I’m not one for sitting in the garden but stopping for a cup of tea is one of life’s pleasures and a shady seating spot is provided by the table and chairs just visible in 2. There is also a table and chair in a sunnier spot by the back door but it’s a bit visible up the side of the house (we’re in a full-de-sac so not high traffic area!). Some sort of screening was needed. Last year the Non-Gardener put up some trellis then made a planter for the front (north) of house side. It is, of course, a wind tunnel so I’ve planted this with ivy to wind up through the trellis and have planted a Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ in a large pot on the garden side. Lovely view from the seat now.
The individual flowers are fascinating.
6. This Honeysuckle was an un-named reduced bargain a few years ago and I planted it to cover the arch through to the compost bins. It was such a disappointment to discover that it had no fragrance. There isn’t enough room to plant another, scented variety with it so I finally made the decision to replace it last year but, of course, I haven’t. It’s looking so wonderful at the moment that I can, almost, forgive it. It will need a good haircut after flowering or soon I won’t be able to get through the arch. Lonicera x tellmanniana I think.
I moved some pots etc around yesterday in anticipation of the windy conditions and all seem to be standing up alright at the moment. I think today is a day to be a gardening quilter instead (two perfect hobbies).
Don’t forget to check in with the chief Sixer at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ over the weekend (and into the week if you’re anything like me)