The mercury in our greenhouse thermometer is practically bursting out of its tube! It’s hot, it’s clammy and it’s Six on Saturday time again, so I am joining The Propagator with six gardening vignettes to share for his weekly meme.
1) Plums, greengages and damsons
What a bumper crop of stone fruit this year! Our back garden is studded with the relic trees of an old Chivers orchard, so we always have plenty of fruit at this time of year. The lawn is becoming sea of ripe and wasp-damaged damsons, greengages and plums. Sadly, that’s not all that has come down. We’ve lost a large branch from one of the damsons (and not the one we expected to go next). The trees were old when we moved in 20 years ago and we have maintained them as best we can, but it’s curtains for this tree, which also has a large split down its forked trunk. So long and thanks for all the fruit!
Of course I am making jam now!
This is an example of a Rudbeckia ‘Chim Chiminee’ that I grew from seed. I can’t decide if I like it or not. The plants themselves can’t quite make up their minds whether their petals are quilled, spooned or open, which kind of annoys me. Apart from that I love them!
Here’s another one. Looks a bit too tatty?
What do you think?
I like watching the progress of pineapple lilies erupting into flower each year, especially the purple ones. This is Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’, growing in the greenhouse. The ones I have in pots outside are a touch behind, but are going to be much bigger by the looks of things. I think that they’ve taken advantage of the space in the container that I didn’t re-plant with bedding this year.
4) Cedric Morris Irises
If your email inbox is anything like mine, you probably get swamped by daily offers for plants, seed, kit etc. Mostly I ignore them, but I found a recent email from Plant Heritage with an offer of Cedric Morris Irises too hard to resist I am afraid. The choice was a bit limited by the time I got there. However, I am now the proud owner of:
Iris ‘Storrington’, ‘Benton Menace’, ‘Benton Dierdre’, ‘Strathmore’, ‘Benton Ankaret’ and ‘Benton Cordelia’
They will be going in the south-facing border down the driveway … once I have made space for them.
5) Salvia cuttings
About a month ago I took my first wave of salvia cuttings, mostly S. greggii cultivars. Last week, when I checked the pots, there were already roots coming through the bottom, so I’ve potted them on and they are looking good. Then a friend offered rooted cuttings of Salvia sagittata, which she had produced by placing the cuttings in a jar of water. I’ve never tried starting salvias in water before, but I am going to now! Here are the S. Sagittata, growing on in my greenhouse:
They seem to have survived the transfer to soil with no problem and have produced a fresh set of leaves. I can’t wait to see the lovely blue flowers.
6) Peacock Butterflies and buddleia
I finally got to count a peacock butterfly (Aglais io) in the ongoing (until tomorrow) annual Big Butterfly Count that I posted about a couple of weeks back. Of course I spotted it on a buddleia! How beautiful is that?
That’s my six for this week.
Have a good weekend and keep as cool as you can!