I was gently admonished (in a nice way) by Granny last week for being too wordy. So this week I’ll try not to be. Or maybe not 😉
1 Papaver Cambricum
Welsh poppies are funny plants. I have deliberately planted some each year for several years. They have always died on me without flowering. Now, all of a sudden, one has popped up of its own accord. It’s about 3 metres away from the closest point where I have planted one before. I’m not going to complain, even if it’s not where I would have planted it.
2 Syringa and Cynara (Lilac and Cardoon if You Prefer)
I often plant two plants together in the same hole so that one grows up through the other, with the lower one hiding bare bits or where they have different seasons of interest. This is another example. The cardoon hides the bottom of the lilac. The lilac flowers now and the cardoon will flower later. Though shoving in a few tree lilies was clearly a step too far. They died.
I planted a row of Viola ‘Freckles’ a couple of years ago. This year I have acquired a mutant purple one which is actually growing stronger than the original. But again, I’m not complaining.
4 Clematis and Pyracantha
Another example of “two in a hole” or, in this case, three. There are actually two different Montanas but the difference is minimal unless you look very closely. The Pyracantha (Orange Glow) is strong-growing and though it may seem swamped by the Clematis, in time the mass of white Pyracantha flowers will replace the fading Clematis ones. If the blackbirds allow, I may then actually get some orange berries.
5 Dahlia Rooted Cuttings
The infamous Gill Heavens won a competition to name a dahlia and she decided on “Peggy’s Pearler” in tribute to her mother. The powers that be couldn’t understand her writing and so the variety was named “Peggy Pearlers”. Oh well. Gill gave me a cutting last year but it didn’t get through the winter in my (perhaps not so-) tender care. I was going to be dishonest but I did own up to acquiring some rooted cuttings from the National Dahlia Collection. These arrived yesterday and are now potted up nicely. Gill will understand when I say Flora helped by watering them in and is now standing guard over them.
6 Plug Plants
I never have enough seed-sowing space (modern house, narrow window sills and all that) so resort to buying a lot of little plug plants every year to satisfy my annual bedding needs. But then I never have enough plug-growing on space so I order garden-ready plugs from Thompson and Morgan. I received an email on Thursday to let me know that the first batch would arrive in about four days. That would have given me enough panic time to organise the greenhouse and growhouses to accommodate some 500 plants. Trouble is that the email was sent after the plants had been delivered and I was already way past the panic stage.
Fellow SoSer N20 Gardener suggested I split them into sixes which would have covered the next 85 weeks here but would have become a bit boring. Another 200 arrived yesterday. Oh, well, it’s warm enough for patio tables to be conscripted into service.
Mr P knows that I sort of double-ordered. I sort of forgot I’d ordered 300 or so and ordered them again. Plug plants anyone? And I now have to bite the proverbial bullet and remove the spring bedding which is, as spring bedding often does, refusing to go over properly and so assuage my guilt as it goes to the compost bins.
So that’s my six for today. If you pop over to the blog of our gracious leader, Mr Propagator, and have a butchers at his six in the comments appended thereto, of which there are now an unbelievable number, you will find lots of links to the worthy sixes of others.
I will end with just one more plug if I may. My other web site, Garden Blogs Online, has been on the back burner for more months than I care to admit as other pressures have taken their toll. But I’m now up and running again and will be adding more gardening blogs to the list at least every fortnight, sometimes every week, starting this coming Wednesday, until I clear a very large backlog. If you’re a regular sixer and your blog is not already listed, it’ll be in that backlog and will appear soon(ish). If you’re an avid blog reader, you will find more than 200 gardening blogs already listed. You can subscribe there if you want to be kept informed of additions. Plug ends.
Until next time, enjoy your garden.