Perhaps influenced by the recent revival of sea shanties, it was a case of ‘Hooray and up she rises’ for me early this morning. Still in my night attire, with a cup of tea in one hand and a hose in the other, I set about watering in the garden before the heat of the day became too apparent. Yes, after my wishing for Summer in my last post, it duly arrived the very next day, and has stayed with us for two weeks, with more to come. Accompanied by hot westerly winds at times, it has tested the garden and the benefits of La Niña are fading. I hope we haven’t said goodbye to her altogether. The early mornings however, are gorgeous – still, quiet, dewy and peaceful.
It’s Saturday, and I’m joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd again. My first for this week is Agastache rugosa ‘Blue Fortune’ (above) which has endured a couple of moves, and finally seems to be happy with this one, beside a rather ravishing crimson pelargonium.
Two: A glowing ‘Peace’ rosebud is about to open. I hasten to add that any drops of water are from the hose, and not rain.
Three: I purchased a large punnet of annual Vinca, all white, last week and have planted them to take over from some very tired Alyssum in the same colour. They will last until the frost arrives and unlike the perennial Vinca, which tends to get ideas above its station about how much room it should have in a garden, will flower continually while remaining neat and contained.
Four: Salvia michrophylla ‘Ribambelle’, an import the label tells me, from the South of France. Dainty and long flowering, a charming addition to the border.
Five: A few Cosmos seeds tossed around the garden at the end of last summer have resulted in a proliferation this year, but with flowers like these, perfect in the early morning sun, who would complain?
Six: A profusion of Gaura flowers dance in the spray like a migration of butterflies. Gaura is another plant that tends to spread itself wantonly around the garden, but its effect has been so gorgeous that I am happy to pull out any seedlings that have migrated to places where they’ve no right to be. I have enjoyed watching bees collecting pollen from the flowers. With their saddle bags full, they swing from the stamens like acrobats. I invested quite a bit of time one morning recently trying to catch them on camera, but all my results were blurry – no surprise, really.
Those are my six for this week. The anchorman for SoS is Jon The Propagator, and more Saturday posts can be found on his blog. Do take a look!
A note about the sea shanty phenomenon: Nathan Evans, a Scottish postman posted a video (if that is what they’re called these days) on TikTok of himself singing a shanty ‘The Wellerman’, and has now become so popular he has signed a record deal.
Weather today: Sunny. 15 -35 degrees C.