It’s been three weeks since I last posted a Six and during that time the weather has been hot (over 30 degrees every day), and windy and the garden has dried out. It’s almost as though we never had all the rain which fell frequently for three years. The hoses have been working overtime but all the watering we do doesn’t really compensate for rain, and much of the garden is traumatised. On Thursday night however, we had a storm which brought 16mm of beautiful rain and now things are looking a little happier. Today is almost like a return to La Niña, which I thought had deserted us out here in the west, whilst still wreaking havoc in other parts of the country.
Looking for six in the garden wasn’t so easy today. Many plants seem to be excessively leggy, a result, I think of very rapid growth in the spring. Next week I will begin my summer cut back of the garden and I will have to wrestle with Gargantua ( very large mulcher) in order to tidy up all the pruning.
In the meantime, here are six from a weary garden:
One: The Eucomis flowers have emerged. I posted about this plant last time, and the flowers have progressed since then. I’m enjoying them and this is certainly an undemanding plant which wasn’t bothered at all by our hot dry weather.
Two: Gaillardia, also known as ‘blanket flower’. I thought (hoped) the name might mean that it covers a lot of the garden but I read that the name is a reference to the bright and vivid colors reminiscent of the traditional textile patterns of certain groups of First Nations Americans. I haven’t had this one very long, so it’s quite small, and I will be glad if it does a bit more blanketing.
Three: The flowers of Agastache ‘Sweet Lili’, long a resident of this garden, has appeared in previous posts, and why not? Very reliable and tough, she is a sterling performer.
Four: Another Agastache, this time ‘Arizona Sandstone’ a smaller version, but also tough, and flowering all summer.
Five: Sedum spathulifolium ‘Capo Blanco’, but I will use its much easier name ‘Silver Blob’. I plan to take some cuttings of this and grow more to dot along the edges of the garden. It doesn’t like a lot of water though, and needs to be well drained.
Six: One perfect small bud from Rosa ‘Perfect Harmony’, aptly named.
As ever, I’m joining Jim from Garden Ruminations and the Six on Saturday crowd of dedicated gardeners. Do pop over to his blog to read more gardening tales.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy. 15 – 27 degrees C. Happy gardening everyone.🍃