Six on Saturday – 22nd June 2019

A stunningly beautiful day today; the sun is shining, there is a light breeze and the birds are singing.  Well for some of the day but with the sunshine comes the fair weather gardeners and the peace is shattered by the sound of lawn-mowers and strimmers and no doubt later the air will be full of the waft of BBQ smoke but at least its not raining and it does actually feel like June.

Salvia Hot Lips

I popped into the local garden centre on the way home from work yesterday just to buy a bag of compost and a hanging basket. I came home with two bags of compost, a bag of horticultural grit and a bag of sharp sand, fertilizer, a hanging basket, three heathers (don’t laugh), two trays of bedding dianthus, two salvias and an eryngium. But in my defence they were all considered and planned purchases.  The compost, gravel and sand were needed so I could sort out the pots on the patio and also my succulent collection which is in desperate need of tidying up and potting on.  The dianthus are for a couple of shallow pots to add some colour by the front door and on the patio and have already been potted up and are on display.  The salivas and eryngium are just want I need to add to the Big Border grassland style planting (I use that term very loosely) and fill the gaps left by the oriental poppy which I removed last week and the heathers are an experiment for under the big field maple to add some interest in the summer.

Salvia Lipstick

The salvias and eryngium have already been planted and I think the top photo shows how well the salvias have blended into the existing planting but lifted it a little.

Eryngium Picos Amethyst

The heathers aren’t planted yet as I have to do quite  bit of preparation work in the area before they are planted and I think I want to mulch around them so I need to get some wood chip ready.  Its meant to rain heavily in a few days so I might take advantage of the ground being wet and put the mulch on afterwards to try and retain the moisture.

Here is another view of the Big Border from the other side and end.  I really like how full it is and I am enjoying the combination of the baby blue geranium with the unopened flowers of Anthemis ‘Sauce Hollandaise’. I have no idea what the geranium is.  I have quite a few which I have acquired over the years as I feel I should like geraniums but they have never really performed that well until this year.  I think it is a combination of the neglect of the last few years, the fact that the poor things haven’t been moved for a while, and the significant rain we have had.  They are really looking great at the moment.

The final photo is of my patio which I spent several hours sorting out this morning.  It needs a weed but everything that needs to be planted out has been planted out; everything that needs to be potted up has been potted up and its all neat and tidy. Tomorrow the plan is to get up early and tackle the greenhouse before it warms up too much.

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – June 2014

Geranium pratense 'Splish Splash'
Geranium pratense ‘Splish Splash’

The garden is starting to don its summer finery and the geraniums are one of the key players.  I hadn’t quite realised that I had so many varieties as I have.  Most of them have been grown from seed at some point or another including some from a random mix of seeds so I’m not sure what variety the majority are but that doesn’t detract from their beauty.  Splish Splash is my favorite as each flower is different and that really appeals to me.

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The camera has made this blue just a little more vibrant than it actually it; it a more baby blue.  I do like how the blue flower works against the magenta/burgundy seed heads.

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The camera has definitely injected some electricity into the blue of this unknown geranium.

Geranium palmatum
Geranium palmatum

I have a number of the Geranium palmatum all grown from seed two years ago.  I am particularly pleased with these as the seeds were labelled something different not as glamorous.  I bought a Geranium palmatum a few years back and lost it in the very cold winter we had.  I must make sure I collect seed from these in case we have a cold winter this year.

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Geranium sanguineum striatrum
Geranium sanguineum striatrum

Two more unknown geraniums, both unknown varieties, but still loved.

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Some Campanula again grown from seed some three years ago and again variety unknown but the blue is very good.

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The Delphinium along the Cottage Border have started to flower. Yet again all grown from seed some years ago.  They are looking wonderful this year compared to last year when their flowers were snapped off by strong winds.  Some of them are around 6ft tall.

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Also adding vertical interest to the borders are foxgloves.  I have the ordinary Digitalis purpurea and Digitalis purpurea f.albiflora which self seed themselves around the garden. But my absolute favourite at the moment is Digitalis mertonensis (commonly the Strawberry Foxglove) below.  2014_06140045logoFor more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit Carol at May Dreams Garden.