Is it that long? It seems that flu isn’t a respecter of seasons and, whilst most people think of it as a winter problem, it can hit at any time. And so it was that the start of the heatwave co-incided with the start of a bout of Australian flu (blood tests revealed that). And after a spell in bed, feeling sorry for myself, I entered a spell of feeling totally lethargic; a spell that the doc says will last for a few more weeks yet. Still, I got through the worst of it, even if the garden didn’t do so well.
The reference to Lord of the Rings in the title of this post is appropriate – well I am returning from an absence! My space here is named after a place in that book and, it seems, in my absence our glorious leader has, in the course of adjusting his garden, earned the title of “Eye of Sauron”. So Tolkien references abound. If you pop over to the prop’s blog, you won’t find a mass of orcs but you will find his Six of the day and, attached thereto, a host of links to other contributors to this meme.
Meanwhile, having dragged my failing carcass out of the house to view the Desolation of Smaug that was once a garden, I’ve managed to put six things together and, without further ado, I invite you to “Speak, friend, and enter my little patch of Hobbiton.
1 Clematis Something or Other
When I bought this, it was labelled as “piilu”. The flowers look piiluish but are too small, at least to my eye. There’s a lot of them but piilu should also grow fairly tall whereas my “Whatever it is” manages no more than a metre. Still it’s the first of my Six today and maybe someone can offer a suggestion as to what it really is.
2 Dierama (Various)
They’re known as “Angels Fishing Rods” and look really graceful hanging over water. Except that mine flatly refuse to dangle over the pond, preferring to dangle over the lawn. Talking of pond, in my absence, that little attack of duckweed became an all out war. As fast as I can scoop the stuff out, it regrows and covers the surface. And it’s become quite thick. I guess the tadpoles have suffocated. There’s little I can do until the late autumn/winter when it’ll be a case of removing all the planting baskets from the pond and meticulously picking every bit of the damned stuff I can off them, then scooping madly and possibly draining, sterilising and refilling the pond. Which means certain death for anything still living in it though wildlife will return fairly quickly.
3 Lilium Longiflorum “Apricot Fudge”
An unusual form of Asiatic lily which appeared in the UK this year. As the flowers open they look like roses and when fully open they look, well, different. I bought a couple of packs from the QVC shopping channel (actually supplied by De Jager) but when they arrived the bulbs were soaking wet, in sealed plastic bags, and showed signs of mould. I got my money back and bought some from another supplier. QVC invited me to plant the bulbs they’d sent in case they came up. I did but they didn’t. Still the second lot are flowering nicely.
4 Stachys macrantha
This should have flowered a while ago and gone over by now but someone up there was sympathetic and so it’s flowered late. A nice little splash of purple.
I could fill a few sixes just with daylilies as this is daylily season and mine have all taken their socks off. But I’ll treat you to just a couple. I often find that they can’t read very well and it’s not unusual for a flower to last a couple of days before deteriorating rapidly. So I’ll call them two-daylilies. I may remember the varieties when I wake up properly.
6 Representative Wall Planter
At least my wall planters are doing fine. They’re all connected to an irrigation system which, unlike the system I’m installing around the garden, is automatic. So every day they have been watered without any need for me to heave myself out of bed. An added bonus is that plants which I’d bought with the intention of planting them were languishing in gravel trays underneath a run of wall planters. As the planters dripped away merrily, they took care of watering the “plants awaiting” by maintaining a decent water level in the gravel trays and so I didn’t lose anything. I just need to catch up with the planting now.
On the other hand, I think I need to crowdfund the payment of my next water bill. I had a glance at the meter. I will simply say “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!”
We have rain forecast for most of next weekend. I’ll believe it when I see it and will be most grateful as I’m not due to attend an open-air concert, unlike a certain person teetering on the brink.
Until next time, have fun in your garden.