It was a dull, cool and windy day today: a return to winter, and not really the best sort of weather for taking garden photos. Flowers were tossing uncooperatively in the breeze and the sun was obscuring itself behind banks of grey, but unfortunately not rain-bearing, clouds. However, I found six photos as I’m joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd for the regular round-up of the interesting things that can be seen in gardens around the world.
Number one (above) for me is the Ceonothus now flowering in a profusion of sapphire cloudlets. On sunnier days it has been a magnet for legions of bees, but it was a quiet scene this morning.
Two: In a brief patch of sunlight, Ajuga repens flowers appeared like a miniature purple conifer forest.
Three: An iris with no name was flanked by Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
Four: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’ posed charmingly beside some white Alyssum. I think whoever Mrs J Bradshaw was, she must have been a very fine person.
Five: This time last year, the garden was resplendent with Ranunculas of varied and delightful colours. This year there are but a few. Ranunculas have been happily proliferating here for a number of years, so I hope the downturn is simply to do with the lack of rain perhaps, and not a complete disappearance.
Six: Last but certainly not least: Leptospermum ‘Outrageous’. Leptospermums are exceptionally reliable shrubs here, bursting forth into masses of flowers thronging the branches, magnets for bees and spreading brightness and cheer through the garden. I wrote a post about Leptospermums last year which you can read here if you would like to see more examples of them.
On another note, I wonder if anyone can identify the plant below. It has added itself to the garden bed and I’ve no notion from whence it came and no idea what it could be.
Is it friend or foe, I wonder?
That’s my six (plus one) for this week. Do pop over to the Propagator’s blog where you can peep over fences into all manner of gardens.
Weather today: Cloudy and windy, 9 – 15C