A bit of a rainy week this week, so the garden is looking very lush and green. The ground is soft and crumbly. It's easy to dig planting holes and to pull out the weeds. There are lots of jobs that could be done - if only this gardener didn't object to getting wet.
1. A Favourite Combination
The Bonica Roses were looking good with Geranium Buxton Blue, but as the Geranium has started to fade, this luscious purple clematis (Polish Spirit) has come out. It's a favourite combination which I look forward to each year. That clematis came from Morrisons by the way, so not only beautiful, but a bargain too.
2. Mystery Rose
While many of the other roses are looking bedraggled after the rain this rose is still looking good. I do not know its name. It was growing in the garden when we moved here, although I might possibly never have found it. It had become overgrown by spotted laurel so that it could barely be seen. It was able to make one bloom and send it out on the end of a long stem to reach the light: kind of rose distress signal. I spotted it and the rose was moved to a little border which it shares with some lavender and sedums, where it has been flowering away like crazy ever since.
3. Geranium Summer Skies
I planted this out a few weeks ago. Very dainty and pretty is it not?
4. Colour Hit
The Long border is bursting into colour. The hot section is full of oranges and reds. There is also some Phlox there which is not red. It's supposed to be red, I sincerely wish it was red, but I'm going to have to accept that it isn't red and they are going to have to go. My mistake seems to have been buying varieties described as red when I think I should have gone for orange.
Anyway - ignoring the Phlox for the moment the rest is looking good I think.
5. Splitting the Iris
I love this job. It's the easiest bit of plant propagation I can think of. I spent a couple of happy hours digging them up and replanting them before the drizzle got too much for me.
6. Broad Beans
We picked the last of the broad beans this week and consigned the plants to the bonfire heap. The black fly had taken over. There has been an abundance of black fly here this year. The beans were yummy though.
That's all from my garden for this week, but if you want to read more then there are plenty more gardens to admire on The Propagator who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.