Fellow blogger The Propagator has a meme going with the theme of “ Six on Saturday” – six things going on in the garden. I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon this week. Don’t know if I’ll manage a weekly six-pack but I hope to join in at least once a month. So here’s my six.
I saw this hydrangea in the Hayloft catalogue last year and it seemed a bit different – more of a column than the normal types. So I bought a couple. So far, so good and coming into flower much earlier than my other ones.
I have several astrantias in different colours but I think this red one is my favourite. A profuse bloomer and usually manages a second flush after a cut-down.
My first daylily bloom of the year. Almost all of my daylilies, two very young ones being the exceptions, have produced several scapes so I’m hopeful of a lot of lovely blooms.
Ok, this is cheating, I’ll call it “6b”. This is another daylily, scaping well as if it’s maturing. But I’ve never planted a daylily here, nor did one appear here last year. It’s a complete mystery.
Alstroemeria, probably my favourite flower. I have approaching 20 or so of these. They need little care and flower profusely from May to November. I think another alstroemeria post is called for.
Every year I’ve grown lupins but have never got them through a winter. Until now when they’ve decided to put on a good show. (And I know, more alstroemeria)
And finally, another something I try every year – nepeta. My problem here is different – resident cat loves to curl up on the emerging shoots in spring for a nap and after a couple of hours of cat-squishing, they’re all broken off. This year I’ve tried growing a smaller variety which you can get as bedding plants (though they are perennials). Not supposed to attract cats. Planted yesterday. Squished overnight. Oh well …….
And I have sneaked in a number 7 in the header image. Rose “Rhapsody in Blue” is now covered in fully-formed flowers and buds waiting to burst open. The sweet scent is wonderful too.
So there we go. Enjoy Saturday in the garden.