Six on Saturday this week is leading off with an old friend, Rosa ‘Climbing Pinkie’. Having ended last season with as bad a dose of powdery mildew as you’re likely to see anywhere, steady applications of potash and rose food and a good prune have helped to ensure that Pinkie has rewarded with an outstanding display of bubblegum pink flowers. She may be rather brash in her colouring and lacks the gentle demureness of some of the other climbers, but it cannot be denied that she is a trooper. Or should that be trouper? Both could apply here.
Next, a mirror adds an extra perspective to the garden and also hides part of an ugly fence. Eschscholzia californica has put on a sunny display in this corner along with Arctotis ‘Pinched from Neighbourhood Garden’. The poppies will possibly be a nuisance later on, but they’re easy enough to thin out. I do wonder though, why the golden ones grew so well and the very pretty pink double ones disappeared without a trace?
Flora’s garden (she’s there with her back to us, by the silver birch trunk) is bustling with flowers. There are day lilies, taller salvias, oriental lilies and agastaches still to make an appearance, but this the effect I’m aiming for: throngs of colour like the crowds on Bondi Beach.
Backed by a climbing Rosa ‘Iceberg’, this garden contains Penstemon, Salvia and Lobelia plants. On the left is a small bay tree replacing one of the two trees liberated from their pots a couple of years ago. Neither tree survived the -7 degree frosts that occurred in their first year of freedom, and they have been replaced by two others which had much more protection last winter and are doing well.
This little group lives on the south side of the house, meaning no sun in the winter and blazing hot sun on summer afternoons. Courageous Heuchera ‘Caramel’ survived 40 degree temperatures last summer with minor frizzling of outside leaves and has tripled in size. It’s about to flower. Next to it, Heuchera ‘Firefly Red’, somewhat crowded by a more robust neighbour and already daintily in flower, is newer and hasn’t had to deal with summer yet.
Finally, as we’re talking about flowers, here is one of Mr MG’s paintings which depicts flowers and is almost in the garden, as the studio is separate from the house and hosts ‘Climbing Pinkie’.
Those are my six this week. To join in, or to take an excursion into other gardens, follow this link to The Propagator’s blog. You won’t be disappointed.
Weather today: Showers, 10-20 degrees C. Happy gardening, everyone.