6 – on – Saturday 09.04.20

Here we are again.  Another week of lockdown gone by, another week of glorious gardening.  Another week of wondering if we’ll all have agoraphobia when the time comes… Once again, the garden saves me from dwelling too much on the more unpleasant side of things, although if any of you follow me on Twitter (on my ‘other’ account @ProfJuneG, not @Optimistgarden) then you will be all too aware how I rage about ‘the situation’.  So, the garden, god bless it, is my refuge.  Here are my six:

First up is the apple tree.  After 2 years in the pot at the old house and 8 months here, this week it finally got put in the ground.  Cause for great celebration.  It’s a little bit wonky – Mr OG suggested it should have been lined up against the fencepost – but it’s totally fine right where it is, I say the fence post is leaning.  It had lots of blossom so I hope we get some apples.  It’s surrounded by the dreaded Japanese anemone but we did clear out a space for it.  Behind it is Nerine foliage.

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Remember those 36 tiny geranium plants from a while back?  This is them planted out.  They’re still pretty small but some of them are flowering and I’m hopeful of a reasonable show later on, and a very good show next year.

Third pic is this aquilegia.  Normally they irritate me in all their tedious self-set dark purpleness, but this one is a rather delicate lavender.  We also have quite a lot of white ones, so perhaps we will see repeats of this lovely colour.

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Next are these fabulous poppies.  It’s not a great picture, I’m afraid.  There are lots of them, all over this part of the garden, all of them look as though they are this wonderful scarlet.  I think they are ‘Beauty of Livermere’ but they have no label.  Each flower head is a good 7 or 8 inches across, they are huge and so heavy they can barely hold themselves up.  I love them.

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This week’s penultimate picture is the weigela hedge.  Just coming into flower, it’s about ten feet high and screens the shed.  I think it’s ‘Bristol Ruby.’  It’s in the back garden which is a bit of a shame because we only see it in passing.  The only windows that overlook are two frosted bathroom windows and the spare room.

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And finally, is this weird lantern-type flower.  I noticed it growing through our overgrown front shrub border – starved of light, quite spindly, probably too tall, and over a week or so these clusters of red flowers appeared.   A mystery to me,  I had to resort to looking it up on the internet – googling ‘drooping red lantern flowers’.  It is, I’m pretty sure, a Crinodendron hookerianum.  Try saying that after a few drinks.  I’m going to try and rescue it, so that it is more visible.

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And that friends, is it for this week.  No matter how nice the weather – stay home, keep safe.  I think we still have a long way to go.

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 is the April overview of the garden, so take a look there too.

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The O.G.

14 thoughts on “6 – on – Saturday 09.04.20”

    1. I know, I nearly cut it out earlier in the year, I thought it was an old rhododendron, well past its best. I’m so glad I didn’t. Now it will get nurtured. We are planning a bit of a fruit garden next year, if we can clear enough space…

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  1. Are those zonal geraniums grown from seed? I have never done that before. They are so easy to grow from cuttings, and I typically prefer to get genetically identical copies anyway.
    Columbine is something that does not do well here. I know others who grow them must pull up seedlings afterward. I will be featuring one tomorrow that grew from seed from others that did not do well where I planted them. Seriously, they succumbed to mildew, rust and aridity, but one seedling is quite happy so far. I know it won’t last.
    I am not familiar with Crinodendron hookerianum. It looks like a pendulous tulip.

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    1. The geraniums were tiny, tiny plants when I got them. Whether or not they had been grown from seed, I don’t know for sure, but they looked to be far too small to be cuttings! Columbines are like weeds here, seed everywhere! I was unfamiliar with the crinodendron too – but it looks to be quite a treat.

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      1. Geraniums could have been grown from tissue culture, but that probably would have been even more work than growing them from seed. I know that those who grow them commercially typically do so from seed. It seems odd to me, but I am sure they have their reasons.
        I just wrote about my columbine seedling at noon. It is quite silly how it worked out, but I can not complain.

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    1. Thanks, I will certainly prune it know I know it is safe to do so! I love the poppies too. I don’t think they move very well, and they will have to come out of where they are in the autumn. It’s destined to be the veg bed.

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  2. I have yet to plant a tree or standard without some degree of wonkiness. Adds to the charm. I think I prefer that type of weigela to the light pink variety that I have – the darker flowers stand out more. I too am a bit anti-purple aquilega for some reason! Yours is lovely.

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  3. It’s definitely a wonky fence. That Chilean lantern tree is a heck of a find in the garden. An image search shows me a stunning tree that’s evergreen. How wonderful is that?

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    1. I know! Such a find. And I thought it was a light-drawn spindly old rhododendron, and was ready to cut it down when I noticed the flowers coming! It’s a fifty year old garden and I think was very well planted originally, but neglected by the second owners. We are finding all sorts cropping up – there are some beautiful summer bulbs starting to flower now – camassia, gladiolus communis, iris sibirica – all badly congested and obviously never been tended. There’ll be a lots of digging up and replanting to do this autumn!

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    1. It’s full of swearing at the moment. Don’t judge me! No 6 from me this week, and no Journal either. Been too busy being political, plus three days of migraine – probably the politics….

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