Today’s vase was actually put together on Saturday, to take to our lovely neighbours as they had invited us for supper. The title relates to their reliable generosity with the drinks. I won’t elaborate further. Hic.
The vase started with just ‘bruised’ flowers emanating from the Mid Century bed, but they looked almost too dark and so were enlivened with some brighter pink from the Flower Carpet roses.
The dahlia is ‘La Recoleta’
and, here again, but showing an older bloom with its centre exposed, joined by a single stem of Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ and backed by some new growth of Cerinthe major purpurescens.
The Antirrhinums were grown from seed and are finally getting going. This one is Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Black Prince.’
Here’s the grass I mentioned in GBBD, which Nick identified as Pennisetum ‘Red Buttons,’
and lastly, the fabulously glossy seed pods of Dolichos lablab ‘Ruby Moon’ which I’m rather obsessed with!
With many thanks to Cathy who hosts IaVoM – and of course M and J for a fabulous evening!
Sadly, plants I mentioned in last year’s September post that I wanted to increase, I seem to have fewer of, namely the Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ and Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’. I never did take cuttings last year, so perhaps I’ll add to the list of cuttings I’m hoping to take next weekend once the daughter’s out of the way!
One plant that is finally making a bit of a show is the Nicotiana mutablis at the back of the bed. This was planted out late but is now providing some height and colour at the back of the bed, but is not quite as widespread as I’d hoped.
In the Grass Bed the Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’ and Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Fizzy White’ have largely run out of steam and instead the Nasturtiums and some self seeded Cerinthe have taken over.
In the Mid Century bed there are still a few dark blooms, but it’s the Acacia, Acacia baileyana ‘Pupurea’ (centre) that’s really taking off. I’m slightly concerned as to what to do with this. In theory this can reach 8m x 6m which really isn’t what I want in this bed. I’m wondering whether some judicious pruning can keep it more shrub sized? I do love the almost metallic foliage.
and even more below. After trying and failing to move some larger Verbena bonariensis plants to the back of the Swing Beds, I deliberately left the small seedlings here with a view to moving them ‘later’ and now they’re as big as the ones I failed to establish.
Hopefully, if I plant them later in the year, the weather will be kinder than the scorching summer and I can weed the paths and plant some height at the back of the Swing Beds with one stone, as it were.
There are some other good pots – these lovely Pelargonium ‘Surcouf’ (another one on the cuttings list)
and the Dolichos lablab ‘Ruby Moon’ seed pods are just astonishing.
Over in the Veg patch things are mostly coming to an end.
And in the Rhubarb/Strawberry bed there’s just one beautiful Agapanthus bloom. Oh, and after saying I’d move the white ones out of this bed and into the Greenhouse beds, guess who forgot to mark the relevant plants. Doh!
In the greenhouse there are still plenty of tomatoes, this one, Marmande, tastes fabulous, particularly cooked.
And to finish, the apple tree. In the eight years we’ve been here this tree has never produced anything more than conker sized what I thought were crab apples. And now, suddenly this year, not only are there dozens of fruits, but many are almost proper apple sized. Shame they don’t taste of much!
With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener who hosts everyone’s EOMVs.