Six on Saturday: 31 July 2021

Last weekend, the forecast was for thunderstorms and rain. On Monday, we were still waiting – but welcome showers arrived on Tuesday, stayed for Wednesday, all but disappeared on Thursday, and came back yesterday with fine drizzle and low cloud cover blanking out the house just 25 metres than our own. Fortunately, we are too far north so escaped Storm Evert’s strong winds. I hope those of you in its path haven’t suffered any damage to homes or garden.

It’s another grey damp morning, so my selections are from earlier in the week. Apologies if I’m flouting the rules set by The Propagator – but he’s on holiday and won’t notice!

Allium Drumstick – the flowers have lost their green bottoms and are beginning to fluff up. I’d have more of these if I had the room. Lovely colour too,

The other alliums are on their last legs, along with the nectaroscordum.

Clematis alpina is fully out, masses of flowers and buds intertwined among the clematis montana foliage. No scent that I can detect, unfortunately.

Fuchsia – the surviving one of two. It never grows very tall, so either it’s a compact variety OR it’s growth is restricted by the pot. Whichever it is, it’s very late flowering this year.

Pink and white cosmos. The pink is in a pot – three or four with plenty of buds; the white it dotted around the front border (this is in the shady part of the border).

Verbena bonariensis. I’ll sow seeds again next year (and hope I manage more than one plant). On last night’s Gardeners’ World, Monty said we can propagate this from cuttings now (online says mid- to late-
August), but my specimen is so sparse that there aren’t any non-flowering side shoots available yet. This article by Alys Fowler from 2017 explains how.

As rain has stopped outdoor activities (painting more walls), I’ve got another project to plan for The Shady Border (that wasteland beneath the clematis trellis over shadowed by my neighbour’s trees). So I’m looking for short/dwarf, low-growing/spreading plants with pale/silvery foliage and white (or very pale flowers); nothing too invasive.

My first task is to order some snowdrop bulbs. DT Brown have 50 Galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop) for £5.95, to be dispatched at the end of September. I might be tempted to some white anemone blanda too, given the success of the blue one bought last year.

14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 31 July 2021

  1. The verbena self-seed readily in loose stone. If you wait until the seed heads are fully open, cut and shake in a suitable spot. You’ll end up with dozens next year.

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