Hello. Hope you’re all ok, safe and well. Another week of shouting at the telly, cursing our politicians and feeling powerless. A hot one here in Devon, no rain, soil like powder, hosepipe working overtime. Can’t be long before we get a hosepipe ban. All very cheery. Not. But the flowers are lovely and the garden is, as always, my saving grace. Here are my 6 for this week anyway:
First up is this Hosta. It’s Prince of Wales and seems to be enjoying being in the sun. Later in the day it will be in dappled shade, so it shouldn’t completely fry.
Next are two lovelies that I have posted before at this time every year, but not from this garden. Right, of course, is Gertrude Jekyll, left is Munstead Wood. These are two of the David Austen roses I bought by mail order earlier in the year. They are covered in blooms. The Munstead Wood is lax as always, so that is MrOG’s hand just lifting its head. I must put some supports in. To be honest, I didn’t expect so many blooms this first year.
I’m not sure if you can see this very well, but it’s a Fuschia that is at the bottom of our front path. I didn’t prune it earlier in the year and now it has just gone wild. I love the reddish foliage and it’s a mass of these slender blooms. I’m not sure of the variety but I shall definitely be keeping this.
This is actually quite a small flower. I think it’s Campanula poscharskyana – a bit of a mouthful. Now I’ve been cursing this plant all spring, as it grows in low, leafy mounds, it’s quite invasive and there’s masses of it in the garden. I’ve been pulling these soft green mounds out left, right and centre. And then suddenly, it put out longish stems and all along them are these lavender blue starry flowers. I forgive it, completely. Although, I still think I’ll pull quite a lot out later on.
I couldn’t resist putting this in close-up. Last week, this was in the picture of the haul from the garden centre. It is Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’ and is just a delight in the sun. Almost double-flowered, that lovely apricot-tinged red, and powdery yellow stamens. Buy one.
Last up is a wildflower. In fact, it’s two wildflowers. The main bloom is purple toadflax which seems to like our soil and is waving those lovely tiny snapdragon blooms in various parts of the garden. Photobombing it down in the left hand bottom corner is Torquay Pride – centranthus. I’m happy to have both of them in the garden.
That’s my 6 for this week. No matter how nice the weekend weather – stay near home, keep safe, slap on the sun protection. In England we still have pandemic conditions and you need to be careful, my friends. Remember – 2 metres.
If you enjoy my 6 on Saturday you might like my wildlife/countryside blog too. It’s accessible from the Core Edge Journal tab at the top of the blog. Also on the In the Garden tab the May overview of the garden will be posted after the weekend, so take a look there too.
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