A warm weekend forecast for Sussex – an excuse to delay any early Autumn planting and enjoy what is still looking good in the garden and for me it’s the blues, or are they silver, or perhaps grey? Anyway they seem to come into their own at this time of year.
Definitely blue? Euphorbia and Hosta Halcyon. Both in pots and the Euphorbia has been looking good since it flowered in Spring.
Silver? Artemisia, not sure which one. I bought it as a tiny cutting in a yogurt pot at a Hardy Plant Society get together. My local group does a Talking Plants programme when members open their gardens for other members for a good natter about plants over coffee and cake.
This one seems to combine grey and silver. Helichrysum petiolare grown from cuttings taken last autumn. A great plant for pots and hanging baskets that will go on looking good until a sharp frost.
A steely blue – Eucalyptus gunni. Hoping it will put on enough growth for me to cut some for flower vases in the house or perhaps for the Christmas wreath!
Perhaps more green than blue in this seedling of Melianthus major sown last year from the Hardy Plant Society seed exchange. The bench it is sitting on is painted with Farrow & Ball pavilion grey!
Another Artemisia – Powis Castle, it’s pot is in the shade so would probably be a “whiter shade of pale” if I moved it into the sun.
That’s it folks. I’m off to pick some stems of Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff just in case you were thinking “where’s the colour”! Don’t forget to see what the Propagator has for us this week.
Inspired this week by Carol Klein’s book Grow Your Own Garden I checked out some Francoa in the border to see if there were any offsets to “harvest” for new plants. This is Francoa Molly Anderson. It was grown from seed from the Hardy Plant Society’s seed exchange. I’ve also got Rogerson’s form. They both flowered well this year, although I’ve read they don’t always come true from seed.
Digging round with a spade.
Out onto the grass it didn’t look too promising on the offsets front, but I went ahead and, although they didn’t look much like new growth, I came up with these. Not very inspiring, but decided to get them potted up.
Hopefully they will turn into new plants, even though I don’t really need six new Francos! That done, I turned to cuttings…..
Under this cloche are Ballota, Mallow and Eleagnus Quick Silver. In the one behind are Cistus, Rosemary and Phlomis. Then I pricked out some Gypsophilia Monarch White seedlings. A good couple of hours on the propagating front. Hoping to impress the Propagator this week!
Decided to avert my eyes from dwindling flower displays and dusty vegetation and go in search of some bright, fresh foliage for my sos this week.
Heuchera Lime Marmalade takes pride of place on patio table. Good plant but scorches a little in full sun and has been doing much better here in the shade. Promised myself I would resist starting a collection of these (vine weevil being the main enemy for pot growers) but, heyho, this is variety number six already.
Hosta Fried Bananas – bit of a silly name – but a good colour and the one and only flower spike I get each year is just appearing from the centre! Worth it though, as it has a lovely scent.
The Japanese grass with the unpronounceable name – Hakonechloa. I’ve two pots of these which I loaned to my son to flank some patio doors but they had to be rescued by me for a spell in the plant “hospital” to recover from neglect! Won’t be returning them until he gets more handy with the watering can!
Still to be relied on for good colour from late Spring and all through the winter – Dwarf Bamboo pleioblastus, now sixteen years old but with no ambitions to go wandering further afield in the border.
Like the Propagator this week I grew this Ricinus Red Giant from seed and expected it to get much bigger than it is but put it down to being in the inevitable pot! Anyway, the foliage is good and the red stems, from which I guess it gets its name, are lovely and pick up with the leaves of its mate New Zealand Black.
Last but not least is Leycesteria Formosa, which I’ve featured before but may not have mentioned is good for cutting for a vase – lasts for a long time and keeps its good colour against the unusual flowers.
That’s it for this week but don’t forget to check in with the Propagator.
Pleased to be joining the prop and SOS team again after a long break. Starting today with my little “hot” border – all in pots are:- Ricinus NZ Black and Red Giant grown from seed; Fuchias Mrs Popple and Tom Thumb (from cuttings); Dahlias Bishop of Llandaff and a good mauve one (name long lost and just coming back into flower after some dead heading) it returns year after year in the same pot. Also here are Heucheras Palace Purple and Chocolate frills. Hoping the display will keep on going into October.
Begonias on steroids:-
Fimbriatta, and white Pendula
Best of the blue hostas? – Halcyon with a Hydrangea from a cutting taken 2 years ago.
Dianthus Gran’s Favourite in flower again after a few weeks rest! Raspberry ripple ice cream!
Cosmos Cupcakes Alba with Salvia Vatican White, both from seed sown in April. The Salvia is lovely but does have a certain smell which makes you wonder if you’ve missed your daily shower and deodorant!
Hope everyone has had a good gardening week. Looks like it’s going to be a hot Bank Holiday weather-wise. Thankfully there’s some water in the butts to keep the pots going.
Took a break from caring for poorly OH to get into the garden and was cheered by all the new growth.
Sweet peas, including Cupani, Royal Wedding and Blue Shift doing well in the terrarium which is meant for indoor use but standing up well to outdoor conditions and giving some protection from recent gales and heavy rain.
New shoots on climbing rose Cecile Bruner.
Eleagnus Quick Silver coming into growth. Thought I had lost it when I repotted it earlier in the month and found the telltale grubs of Vine Weevil, but a new pot and clean compost has saved the day! Next to it on the obelisk is Clematis Pink Champagne alongside an euonymus.
Cornus controversa Variegata – new leaf against a grey sky.
Fresh new shoots on Euphorbia schillingii – waiting for me to look it up to see what conditions it likes in the garden.
Back in the house where I’ve spent too much time lately but cheered by my mini greenhouse on the kitchen windowsill. Cosmos as usual the first to germinate, especially the variety Cupcakes which I’m trying for the first time after I admired it at How Green Nursery in Kent when on a visit with my local Hardy Plant Society group back in the summer.
Thanks again to our host The Propagator for inspiring me to get back in the garden and started on a new growing year.
It’s time for a Tete e Tete. Always the first narcissus to flower in my garden. It’s the best narcissus for pot work and baskets, troughs etc……..
At the front door with a yellow viola.
In a hanging basket. Looks like the basket needs some repair work!
Just getting going in a blue box with summer flowering “edgers”.
In a stone trough, nasturtiums planned in here for later,
This time in another blue box on patio wall with some cotoneaster berries still hanging on.
With a spring collection on patio table.
What a fabulous week of weather! Great for the big spring clear up. Thanks to The Propagator for inspiration as always.
I’m back! Encouraged by a short break to Cotswolds and a visit to Painswick Rococo Garden I’m feeling optimistic about my own garden in the New Year. So, with apologies to The Propagator for my absence here is a touch of Spring from Gloucestershire.
A bank of snowdrops to greet you at Painswick. Their first day of opening on Thursday.
Magic! Love the colour.
A tabletop for galanthophiles!
An invitation for later!
More magical buildings!
Pruning in progress for the many fruit trees.
A belated Happy New Year to all sixers and hope to be back again next week from my own garden.