If only we could keep going with these lovely long days. But it is already midsummer and by the time we reach my birthday in August I know that the nights will most definitely be drawing in, even though the weather tends to be balmy then. So it is time to pirouette on the cusp for Six on Saturday. Visit Jon the Propagator’s blog to catch up with other Sixes from gardeners round the globe.
1) My first is a David Austin rose called ‘Wildeve’ that we planted a month ago in a new dedicated rose bed. The name sound suitably Midsummer’s Dreamy, but it turns out to be a reference to a character in Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native. It was bought as a pink, fragrant, repeater, but as you can see it has strong apricot vibes.
2) Well, those oca that I was complaining about not so long ago are doing a lot of growing now and are looking pretty darned healthy for such a miserable start in life. In fact, the suppliers did pick up on my critical review of the tubers and have sent a voucher by way of an apology. The plants turn out to be interestingly fleshy, plus I love that their leaves are so covered in downy hairs.
3) This week saw the first of the migrating Painted Lady butterflies. They’ve been making pit stops on our showy giant scabious, Cephalaria gigantea. Cephalaria is a real bumblebee magnet too, so it always attracts comments.
4) The Penstemon are starting to make a statement in the borders and I think that ‘Sour Grapes’ is my favourite, although ‘Husker Red’ and ‘Raven’ are in contention. This is another bee pleaser, so you can never have too many.
5) Here’s an odd customer … There’s a lot of Broomrape (Orobanche minor) in the meadows out the back this year, so I guess the fits-and-starts weather has suited it. Broomrape makes no chlorophyll, hence its rather washed appearance. It is parasitic on other plants, particularly clover. Happily the clover is doing rather well too.
6) OK … yet another photo of a poppy from me, but I really like the shadow puppet effect going on here, so you’ll have to forgive me. These poppies are in front of a copper beech hedge and look dramatic the whole time the sun shines on them.
You can never have too many poppies, can you?
Well, I am off to a forest (Thetford) for a concert now. I wonder whether I will meet any fairies?
Have a good weekend and enjoy browsing those Sixes!