Flaming June was flaming wet yesterday. It made Tuesday, when Rain Stopped Play if you recall, seem like a jaunt in the Gobi. Today it has cleared, pushed onwards for the moment by bullying winds. This has meant that although taking photos for my Six on Saturday has been a dry affair, it has not been without jeopardy. In order to impress my Svengali, The Propmeister, I have battled through the gale to bring this Six to you. And I only fell over once. Which to be honest is good going on a non-windy day. Shall we get this show on the road?
It could be the year of the geum, they seem to be very popular at the moment. And for very good reason, to my mind they are invaluable in the garden. This one is Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ which is more delicate in form and fiery in hue than ‘Totally Tangerine’. I bought ‘TT’ as a gift for Mrs Bun. She had expressed an interest in it so I treated her. A couple of weeks ago she declared that she no longer wanted it. “You mean the plant that I so kindly bought you as a present last year?” “Oh, did you?” *sigh* “but it has grown too big for that position and I haven’t anywhere for it to go” *a lone tear trickled down my cheek* “are you sure that is the one you bought me?” *falls on the floor in a swoon*. It is now planted in my garden. Once we have recovered from the disappointment/rejection I will share a photo with you.
Next we have a crazy tomato plant. This variety is called Big Orange from Martin at Sampford Shrubs, a pithy name if ever there was one. It has lost its leader, which I vehemently deny removing by accident, but will be replaced by a shoot coming from the base. It has also produced, alongside some very sensible if not rather buxom flowers, a giant possibly fasciated monster bloom. I am blaming an incident involving radiation and Br…., oops almost said it!
Now a candelabra primula in a pot. It seems to be coping quite well with this arrangement and I am sure enjoyed the dousing it had yesterday. This is a “one day when I have a large garden I will find the perfect place for it” plant. I am ever hopeful.
This is the first flower on the double osteo, which is possibly called ‘Double Berry Purple’. Probably featured in a SoS before, but definitely worthy of a repeat. The idea did spring into my devious head that I could just repost from the same time last year and see if anyone noticed. But where would be the fun in that?! Mind you, in an emergency SoSituation …….
You can’t beat a bit of fine foliage, which is just as well as this is the principle reason for growing Persicaria filiformis. The pale green leaves have blood-red heart monitor lines chevroning across the width. The delicate red flowers which are held on wiry stems, need to be observed close up and definitely with your specs on to be fully appreciated.
Lastly we have Phlomis fruticosa, which has been (and continues to be) beaten severely by the worst of the weather. Apart from the odd frazzled leaf, it takes it on the chin, often bending into full blown Matrix positions and bouncing back just as well as Keanu Reeves ever did. A trooper, and an important member of our horticultural family.
All done for another week, now that wasn’t too painful was it? Don’t forget to take a look at what the rest of the SoSers are up to over on The Prop’s site. Until we meet again!