I’ve just looked back at my GBBD post from a year ago and it’s all tulips with a few Narcissi – today’s is roses, poppies and pelargoniums. What a mad spring!
The rose above is ‘Pat Austin’, the one below a bit of a family joke as I’m not a fan of red and so, when a builder chopped it back to ground level a few years ago I didn’t mourn. However, since then it’s come back bigger and stronger, so I’ve given it a grudging acceptance.
And here’s ‘St Swithun,’ finally looking well established on the pergola.
There are a few more roses already in bud so I’m starting to fret they’ll all be long gone by the garden opening at the end of June!
This little Cistus is also looking more summery than the calendar – but then so was today’s sunshine.
Having rested for only a couple of months the Leptospermum is back again.
By the front steps I’ve popped some bought Osteospermums into the big bath. I like how the centres pick up the colour of the Pelagoniums behind.
Another daisy flower is the Erigeron karvinskianus growing in the crack at the bottom of the steps.
Two Alliums flowering now. The one on the left is called ‘Violet Beauty’ and was planted in the Drive Bed to flower with a similarly coloured tulip. Not only did they not flower together last year, but this year only about three of the tulips returned, and not many more of the Alliums.
The one on the right is good old ‘Purple Sensation’ (being apparently strangled by the foliage of Allium Sphaerocephalon)
I bought a new Geum recently, ‘Prinses Juliana’ (the one on the right), to go in the Bronze Bed with ‘Pat’ (the rose). I was perfectly happy with it until I read Sarah Raven talking about G. Totally Tangerine (the one on the left, which I had already in a pot on the barrow). From these photos they don’t look that different, but she’s right, Totally Tangerine is a softer more subtle colour, and definitely a better match for Pat. Darn!
More orange from this lovely little plant we brought back from Madeira just a week or so before I started this blog. It hasn’t flowered for years but I’m delighted to see it blooming again. I did find the name at one stage but have now lost it again. Any clues?
Looking across the Lavender Bed to the Mid Century bed beyond I like how the Gladioli spires are repeated by the Foxgloves.
I love this little poppy. I’ve gone a bit mad for them and have planted plenty, some grown from seed (including this one) and some bought as plugs. Let’s hope it works!
At the back of the Swing Beds these Nicotiana mutablis are now over a metre tall. I’m still a bit confused as to whether they self seeded, as they seemed to get going so early, it’s more like they overwintered, There a definitely a few kicking about in seed trays that seem to have survived, so I’m thinking I should plant them out too.
And this is another favourite – Surcouf, in the twin pots on the decking. They’ve gone mad this year!
In the greenhouse the Sweet Peas are also going bonkers and I’ve picked a proper big bunch this weekend.
To finish I think my favourite bloom today. This is Erysimum ‘Red Jep’ which I fell in love with when I saw it at Hyde Hall. I found just one supplier and bought them online last year, but I note this year Sarah Raven has them too! I’ve taken a few cuttings but I really must take more as already they’re looking a little woody at the base so I’m not sure how long they’ll continue to look so good.
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.
Amazingly, despite the recent freezing weather, I still have a number of the annual Nicotiana mutablis flowering in the Swing Beds (the one above caught up in the bare branches of the Elaeagnus).
The overall look of the garden is very wintery, but close inspection revealed a number of further blooms, including roses Rosa ‘Flower Carpet Pink’
and neighbouring Rosa ‘Berkshire. Note the matching pink stripe on the Phormium – I can’t take credit, both were inherited!
There are still a couple of Gazanias clearly confused what month it is
and likewise this Pelargonium ‘Surcouf.’
In addition to Erysimum Bowles Mauve I currently have this pair in flower. The first one E. ‘Red Jep’ was bought last year after I’d admired it so much when I visited Hyde Hall. The second rather yellow one was grown from seed, and I think is E. Ivory Giant.
By the front steps the Rosmarinus prostratus is covered in blooms, but is hardly looking very ‘prostratus’.
And whilst I’m chuffed to see Rosemary’s Babies are also flowering, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with them…..
Similarly this Anisodontea capensis is also past its best, with the stem currently tied to a post to prevent it falling over. It’s a beautiful shrub when happy in the sun, but mine’s definitely showing its age (I know the feeling).
There’s nothing in the Veg Patch for the Diving Lady to admire except some rather scruffy kale, so I’m glad she’s still got a pretty pool.
In the Mid Century bed the Acacia baileyana purpurea looks like it’s going to flower for the first time. It’s a lovely little tree with gorgeous foliage, but I really don’t think it’s in the right place and will have to go. But where to move it?
and a couple more Pelargoniums.
Back outside the sun continues to bring out the Freckles
With thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBDs.
Not many new blooms compared to last month’s GBBD, but I thought I’d share this lovely Abutilon, A. ‘Orange Marion.’
Other Autumn tinted blooms include this Helenium. I think I’ve previously said it’s ‘Moerheim Beauty’, but I’m starting to think it’s ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ instead.
The rest of the garden is still largely pink. Many Salvias, including ‘Dyson’s Scarlet’, ‘Cerro Potosi’ and ‘Stormy Sunrise.’
Asters are still blooming well, this one, Aster novae-angliae ‘Sptember Ruby’
and this Aster frikartii ‘Monch’.
I was delighted to discover during a weekend clear out that I had taken some cuttings last year. Hurrah!
Whilst the Pink Flower Carpet roses are still flowering prolifically,
other roses are more of an individual treat – R. St Swithun,
R. ‘Jubilee Celebration’
and this, very precious R. ‘Freeman 1987.’ This isn’t the most robust rose, but very special at it was bought and named for us by our two lovely ‘kids’ in recognition of our silver wedding anniversary in 2012.
A number of Dahlias are still clinging on, indeed some are returning after a recent drought induced pause, including ‘Hillcrest Royal’
And, according to Sarah Raven, these are both ‘Tamburo’, but I feel the second is an imposter!
As far as annuals are concerned, sadly the majority have given up the ghost, I think due to drought. However, this tobacco plant, Nicotiana mutablis is doing a good job of lighting up the back of the Swing Beds.
I love this shrub, Anisodontea capensis, but it has now got very leggy. According to the RHS it’s normally grown in a cool greenhouse – thank goodness I hadn’t read that when I planted it! The RHS also suggests it can be propagated either by seed in spring or semi ripe cuttings in summer. I think it might be time to make some new babies so that the mother ship can be ‘retired’.
And to finish, a few Nerine bowdenii. These were inherited with the house, and always surprise me with their exoticism at such a grey time of the year.
I can’t quite work out whether I want more or not. What do you think?
With thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBDs.
Much is looking rather exhausted in this EoMV. It’s been so hot and I think the OH’s watering efforts when I’m in London consist of a little vague hose waving, which we all know doesn’t really cut the watering mustard!
Having said that, the annuals are finally getting going and the roses are putting on a much appreciated second flush. Here’s R. ‘St Swithun’ surrounding the swing.
In this rather bleached photo you can see (in the centre) the Diascia personata is still flowering well, and there are Salvias too, but most of the other plants have gone over. Late season interest from Aster frikartii Monch seems to have disappeared from this bed, although there are a couple of small plants limping along in the right hand Swing Bed.
In the Grass Bed the annuals are finally starting to fill out after a very late planting. Here Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Fizzy White’, Calendula officinalis ‘Touch of Red Buff’ and self seeded Nasturtium ‘Black Velvet’ are jostling for position.
Although I did lose some of the Cosmos along the way, it’s filled out well despite the dry conditions.
I don’t think the Mid Century bed is doing as well as last year. I’m missing the bright pink Malope as well as the Rhodochiton (which I’d grown up the obelisk). I did plant some, but again the lack of water meant they never took off. There are a few annuals struggling along here – Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Black Prince’ as well as Amaranthus caudatus which may yet fill out with a bit more TLC.
Lucky the dahlias and roses (here D. ‘La Recoleta’ and R.’Jubilee Celebration’) are doing their thing.
On the other side of the garden the Bronze Bed is rather overwhelmed by the Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’. I think next year I might have to reduce the number of plants from three to two, or even one, to get some variation here. I loved the hot planting at Mottistone so perhaps should add a bit of (whisper it) red!
In the Veg Bed the Sweet Peas (yes I know they’re not veg) are rather mildewed, and the stems definitely shorter, but they’re still pumping out wonderfully scented blooms. In front of these is a very handsome row of Chard ‘Pink flamingo’. Sadly however, it seems to be remaining a very handsome row, which isn’t really the point. We somehow don’t seem that interested in eating it. Any top tips as to how best cook it?
Even further forward is Cavolo Nero ‘Black Magic’ and Broccoli ‘Early Purple Sprouting’. I haven’t grown either of these previously, and they too have yet to undergo the taste test.
In front of the Veg the Agapanthus are still clinging on.
Some of you may remember that in the previous couple of years I borrowed a corner of a neighbour’s garden to use as a Cutting Patch. I decided I didn’t really have time this year, but I am missing it. I planted a few Zinnias (this one Z. elegans ‘Luminosa)’ in these raised beds, but they too are struggling with lack of water. Behind there are yet more Diascias grown from cuttings. I should probably move these into the Swing Beds with the rest.
Into the greenhouse and the tomatoes are in full flow. I just love walking in and smelling that wonderful tomato smell, so redolent of summer.
In the pots a new Aubergine for me after multiple previous failures. These ones are long but thin (clue’s in the name – Aubergine ‘Farmer’s Long’) which I think makes it easier for them to ripen.
Back outside for more pots. The one below has been fantastic this year. I love this little Pelargonium which was bought at the local Car Boot Sale and increased by cuttings.
The trough by the front steps is full of plants which, despite being tender, have overwintered in situ, including Gazanias and Chocolate Cosmos.
Here’s another shot of last Wednesday’s Morning Glory which is thriving under the glass canopy (where last year Sweet Peas sulked and turned their toes up!)
Dahlias on the barrow are looking a little unhappy, whilst the Abutilon is fine
Pelargonium ‘Surcouf’ has been fabulous all summer, despite a certain amount of neglect.
In the troughs the Cosmos are finally getting going. I deliberately planted the shorter Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata White’ as I’m always bad at supporting them and this way they don’t flop so far. There is also Salvia horminum ‘Oxford Blue’ here, but they’ve struggled to bulk up and are now having to compete with the Cosmos!
This last shot is really an aide memoire for me – just look how the two Pelargoniums are thriving whist the Salvia (back left) Dahlia (centre) and Scabious (back) struggle. Some things so clearly like their roots in the ground it really is cruel to deny them!
And for my final pot you’ll have to wait for Wordless Wednesday later in the day!
With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting our EoMVs.
Finally, a showing from some of this year’s annuals – the one above, Zinnia elegans ‘Luminosa.’
I purchased a number of seeds back in October thinking I would repeat the last two years’ practice of using a corner of a neighbouring walled garden as a cutting garden, but I’ve been just too busy to and so have tried to squeeze everything in here. And whilst it hasn’t been entirely successful, the annuals are starting to fill out in their various (not always ideal) spots.
In the Grass Bed I have Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Fizzy White’, Calendula officinalis ‘Touch of Red Buff’ and some self seeded nasturtiums from last year.
In the troughs I have the shorter Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata White’ and the Salvia that was so successful in the cutting garden last year, Salvia horminum ‘Oxford Blue’. In the cutting garden these turned into wonderful big bushes, I’m not sure they’ll ever get that big here as I always struggle to keep the troughs adequately watered.
In the Swing Beds these Antirrhinum majus ‘The Rose’ are finally getting going, but I’m not convinced about the colour, finding it a bit sickly.
At the back of these beds I had planned to plant some tall dahlias but then decided they weren’t the right colour and so instead have planted an annual tobacco plant, Nicotiana mutablis. This one has both white and pink flowers on the same plants and grows to 1.2m. It was planted out very late and so far this is the only plant to have flowered. I’m hoping that by the end of the summer there will be quite a ‘froth’ of these but it may be I have left it just too late.
And in the Mid Century bed these Antirrinum, A. majus nanum ‘Black Prince’ are also blooming now and to my mind are a far better colour than the pink.
Away from the annuals, I have a some good repeating roses – R. St Swithun,
R. Munstead Wood,
R. Jubilee Celebration
and R. Pat Austin
And plenty of dahlias still going, I’d like to say ‘strong’ but after the over purchasing earlier this year, I’ve ended up with a number in pots and they’re not too happy, so perhaps I’ll just stick with ‘going’. Many have succumbed to powdery mildew and one has a whole colony of blackfly, which I’m not prepared to spray, so am currently praying for ladybirds!
The old favourite D. Happy Single Date (much darker when the blooms are young) has its roots firmly in the Bronze Bed and is thriving,
D. Fifteen Love (pertinent as Andy Murray is currently playing in the Olympic Gold medal match as I type), doing OK in a pot,
D. Bacardi, also doing pretty well in the two greenhouse pots,
D. Hillcrest Royal (very mildewed)
D. Tamburo, also rather mildewed
and D. La Recoleta, with a very nasty case of blackfly.
But to finish, a shot of my seed grown Agapanthus lining the back of the strawberry bed. Not the greatest photo, but you get the idea.
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.