Althea cannabina, Dianthus carthusianorum, Echinacea Delicious Candy, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea purpurea Fatal Attraction, echinops ritro, in a vase on Monday, Persicaria amplexcaulis Firetail, Rose "Lark Ascending", shasta daisies, Verbena bonariensis
As we move into August the garden is beginning to alter. The roses are largely in a void period, preparing for a second flush. Hemerocallis are nearly finished. The Verbena is getting taller and taller mostly at 1.5m and falling over in the wind. The geraniums, alchemilla and Euphorbias need deadheading.
Newly flowering however are Persicaria Echinacea, Echinops, Coreopsis and Shasta daisies.
I decided to pick a few samples and line them up in my favourite ‘April’ vase by Tse-Tse.com
From left Echinacea purpurea, Verbena bonariensis. Echinacea Delicious Candy, Coreopsis moonbeam, Dianthus carthusianorum . Rose Lark Ascending. Echinops ritro, Echinacea purpurea Magnus, Persicaria amplexcaulis Firetail, Echinacea. Purpurea Fatal Attraction. Lastly a tiny pink flower, just seen, Althea cannabina.
What is in your vase today? What does our host Cathy have in her vase today. Take a look, join in.
Have a great week, wherever you are. D.
Hello and welcome to Six on Saturday, hosted by The Propagator .
This is the week that has seen temperatures to break records, although not quite. This is the week that has seen a change in Prime-minister, and yet there was no general election. This is the week that held up the gardener as it was just too darned hot for this Dorris.
This was the week that saw the first opening of my asiatic lilies. Their scent filled the hot evening air.
Is there a more heady scent or a more handsome flower? Perhaps, but not open this week.
2. Purple reigns. This is the week that I really sat up to notice that the Verbena bonariensis may be making a bid for garden domination.
Good job I love it.
3. I took a shady walk in the beautiful gardens at Stowe this week. Set out by Capability Brown the landscape gardens are always an enjoyable place to visit. What caught my eye were these:
Lily martagon or Turks cap lilies. They are tiny compared to the asiatic lilies above but their markings are exquisite. I shall have to try growing some next year. Are they easy enough?
4. This morning the weather has changed. Another extreme, thunderstorms and a power cut first thing. Raindrops on the Shasta daisies are a refreshing sight.
I do love a daisy.
5. I know I shared Hemerocallis Little Grapette before but it is very lovely so do please forgive me.
6. Standing on my head for this one
First openings of Hydrangea paniculata Limelight.
This is when I like it most, fresh and lime. Alas it will fade to pink and please me less. Who said I am fussy.
Thats it, phew.
Have a good weekend, wherever you are. Thanks for reading. D.
Ammi majus, Ammi visnaga, Cercis canadensis, Crocosmia Lucifer, Echinacea purpurea, hydrangea arborescens Annabelle, Hymenocallis, July, poppy seed heads, sempervivums, six on saturday, Spiderlily, Verbena bonariensis
Blast off! This is such an exciting sight for me, the Spiderlily is flowering. Granted not as exciting as man on the moon and it is not a Spider from Mars but it is a spider from me. I love it! Looking smart enough to be allowed in the house. The clay pot is my one special Whichford Pottery pot.
A fistful of flowers for a friend.
There are verbena bonariensis, Hydrangea Annabelle, Echinacea purpurea, poppy seed heads, a pink lily, Ammi majus and Ammi visnaga both grown easily from seed and a Buddleja flower . All of these are from my garden.
3. Leading you down the garden path:
My favourite tree, Cercis canadensis has thrived since it was moved from its pot into the raised bed. I am enjoying how it is overhanging the path. ( I know I keep using this using this on my SOS but I don’t care, I think it’s fab.)
4. Successful looking succulents and sempervivums
Those of you who grow these know that little skill is required, just free draining soil and lots of grit. I think they are delightful, each one slightly different.
5. In your face, red
This is Crocosmia Lucifer. Such a vibrant red. It is very, in your face, dominant but I am quite liking them with the Stipa tenuissima behind.
6. This is Hydrangea time. Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle.
I do love a Hydrangea and they have become fashionable again so that’s good.
How could anyone could resist these.
How they graduate from lime to creamy white, getting fuller and bigger as they open. ( shown in reverse order here).
That’s it, my Six on Saturday. The Propagator is our host and thanks to him we share our favourites each week.
I hope you have a great week wherever you are. D.
It is according to the Met office the hottest June day on record. 33 degrees here. Scorchio. I started to take pictures this morning but gave up as it was just too bright. Rose ‘Morning Mist’ sweltering. This is a David Austin rose which was a gift and currently covers the wall by almost 2m square. A prolific flowering rose.
Verbena bonariensis is a great performer on my heavy soil. Nearly 2m tall. I love it for the butterflies it attracts and it’s all round prettiness.
Self sown Erigeron. It’s in all the nooks and crannies on the drive. I have to pull it out. Delightfully cheerful. Everyone loves a daisy, right?
Seed heads of poppies. These are everywhere as I shook them all about last year. Short lived but worth it.
5.A new addition
Salvia Amistad . I saw this at Great Dixter and loved its papal purple. Hoping it will thrive I have placed it in a raised bed to assist with drainage. Fingers crossed.
6. Last but not least
A zingy shout from Nasturtium Princess of India. I shall be adding this to my salads. Brother Dorris, if you’re reading, you have been warned.
These are my Six. The Propagator is our host. Thanks to him we get to share our favourite six. Join in or just read them. It’s harmless and fun and no one mentions Brex***t. All good.
Enjoy this amazing weather wherever you are. D.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster, golden light, hydrangea arborescens Annabelle, Hydrangea paniculata limelight, in a vase on Monday, January, Miscanthus sinensis, pine cones, Verbena bonariensis
The overhead lighting is casting a rather yellow light over today’s collection of seed and flower heads.
There is a crispness to their texture and a fragility which requires a very light touch.
The fluff of the seed heads of the Miscanthus are so delicate, light as a feather, perfect for catching a breeze and dispersing.
The pine cones are from my friends garden from her so called 100 acre wood tree. The tiny flower is from the Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle. The metal pot with holes is from a shop in Suffolk and I thought it might make a rather good pot for a cactus or succulent.
What can you find in your garden to share this Monday? See Cathy’s blog. Cathy hosts this immensely enjoyable and popular post.
Just the tonic for a Monday. D.
The weather this weekend took a distinct dip towards Autumn: dark, rainy with chilly nights prompting discussion about whether it would be ok to turn on the heating, it would not.
Although the rain has moved on and the forecast is for sunshine, those clear skies will bring a risk of frost which will mean farewell to many flowers.
A pick from roses, Zinnias, Verbena and dahlias were available on Saturday.
I used them to brighten the table for dinner.
To sit at a table with freshly cooked food, a major treat for my parents who are camping out with microwave meals as their kitchen is about to be replaced
These are my flowers to join Cathy. Do you have some flowers from your garden to share? Do join us and send a link back to Cathy. D.
I am joining Cathy today with not one but two vases of flowers. My garden has recovered itself after the heatwave and things like Astrantia and Persicaria affinis have reappeared. In addition to these flowering, roses are also having a second show. The later flowering Coreopsis, Dahlias and Zinnias are also flowering.
Front left is my favourite rose Lark Ascending next to it the petal full, pink A Shropshire Lad.
From left is an open Shropshire Lad, pink and lilac sweet peas, no idea which they are, sorry. In the middle is a soft pink Zinnia with Astrantia behind. I am not completely sure which Astrantia this is as it has self sown, to its right is this rose, so pale it is almost white, Gentle Hermione.
By way of contrast the next vase has the Dahlia William Morris, Coreopsis Moonbeam and dark coloured Zinnias.
Added to this group is Verbena bonariensis which is making a bid to take over my garden. Worse things could happen.
Have a great week and do check out Cathy’s blog. The link is above, to see other Monday vases full of flowers from all over. What a nice way to start the week. D.