Welcome to another Six on Saturday. This is an exciting meme where gardeners can show what's been happening in their patch during the last week. Any six things, on a Saturday. The Propagator is the host of SoS and as always you can go on over to his blog to see what everyone else is up to.
It's a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same here. It's been a week of cloudless sunny skies and warm temperatures, but at least now the nights are cooler and there's actually dew on the grass in the mornings.
Time to do some planting then:
- A thrilling little group of plants arrived by post this week. Eryngium 'Blaukappe', Verbena bonariensis, Achillea 'Terracotta', Achillea 'Salmon Beauty', Salvia nemerosa 'Violet Queen', Potentilla 'Hamlet' and Clematis Integrifolia are waiting there on the table for me to plant them. I may well have taken a leap of faith with the clematis, having had no luck with them so far, but I'll find a shady spot and keep my fingers crossed.
2. Bags of bulbs, also waiting to go in. Some I've bought locally and some rather more interesting ones have arrived by post. I'll be planting them under my perennials so that they'll be seen after the garden is cut back in winter and before the perennials start to grow back in October. I hope.
3. Salvia 'Indigo Spires'. Cut to the ground in January, back to full strength by March.
4. Proof of how hot our summer has been: this pittosporum tenufolium 'Golfball' has become severely browned off. I can only assume that since it has been watered quite regularly, the reason for its unhappy state is the extreme heat. I'm hoping it stops sulking soon and greens up.
5. I planted the Gazania Tomentosa on the left as a small sprig, but it became a garden thug that I was forever having to cut back. It intimidated two Hebe 'Marie Antionette' and became a haven for kikuyu grass escapees, so it had to go. No more thuggery. On the right are the replacement plantings: Potentilla, Verbena bonariensis, Tulipa clusiana and Tulipa kaufmanniana to start with.
6. The cotyledons are beginning to come into flower. This is the first of them and the first flower I've had on any cotyledon since I planted them nearly three years ago.
Weather today: cloudless, sunny, 16-29C