Is it June already? I’m running way behind on planting. And finding, almost daily now, that I’ve double ordered something else. Not just bedding but large perennials too. Next week, a few more square metres of lawn will disappear into borders. The local Yodel delivery chap doesn’t say “Goodbye” now but “See you tomorrow.” The local UK Mail chap and I are now on first name terms. As with DPD, APC, Hermes, UPS and Parcelforce. I’ll have to invite them in for tea and cake soon!
But it’s time for a pause to catch my breath, to locate my sanity and to compile another Six on Saturday. One of the great things (or not) about Six on Saturday is getting persuaded by fellow Sixers to part with cash in return for additions to my garden. And so I start with …
1 Plants Introduced by Other Sixers
It’s not cheating to sub-divide a Six or two. Our glorious leader, Mr Propagator, regularly does it so it must be within the rules. My first sub-division is Stachyurus praecox, which I seem to have acquired thanks to Thomas Stone (I could put a couple of sixes together with just the plants he’s persuaded my to add to my little collection here). This may not be quite the variety he intended but it’s the one with the best chance of living a long an happy life in the conditions I can devote to it.
I’ve planted some Calliope Pelargoniums around it to keep it company through the summer. These are the latest Pelargonium must have and come in a variety of colours as long as they’re dark red. Thanks to Thomas and Jim (for the Camellia suggestions) I can look forward to a succession of flowering shrubs in the front garden from autumn through to spring, when the alpines in Edifice 2 will take over.
Then I have Nick from the USA to thank for Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’, which has taken up residence in the back garden. I thought this might be a but unusual in the garden but it seems the aforementioned Jim has loads of it growing wild near his home.
2 The Standard Edifice 2 Photo
The perennial section of Edifice 2 is now romping away. A hellebore which came home with me from Gill Heavens Land is still flowering, a Potentilla is starting to open and Byzantine Gladioli and Hesperis matronalis are in full swing.
Another sub-division as Wild Edric has now been joined by other roses.
I don’t know where the blue ones have gone but the pink and red ones are putting on a good show. To get an idea of how they’ve grown this year, the fence behind them is six feet tall and I’m holding the camera high so the shot is almost level!
5 Pond Iris
The first of the pond Iris has forced its way through the duckweed to add a splash of my favourite colour (purple) in the pond greenery.
6 Pyracantha and Monarda
I’ve featured the Clematis Montana and Pyracantha before as one of my “two in a hole” plantings. As the Clematis goes over, the Pyracantha is now clothed in a cloud of white.
So there we are. A simple and straightforward six. If you meander over to Mr P’s blog, you will find lots of links to other sixes, some of which may be less simple and straightforward. Meanwhile I’m off to get re-inoculated against plantaholicism.
See you next week. Until then enjoy your garden and your gardening.