LILAC AND GREY
What can I say about the weather this week? At least we've had some rain, which was good, but it was windy and cold too. We moved some ball on stem topiary trees into new larger pots last weekend. With all that wind and rain the trees are no longer upright, but leaning precariously. We were aiming for a 'Mediterranean courtyard' look, but at present it's closer to 'Hebridean courtyard'. They look too sad to photograph.
Instead here are some things, mainly Lilac and Grey, that are looking good.
1. Geum 'Primrose Cottage'
This was a sad sale bench purchase that turned out to be full of wine weevil, but I tried to save what I could and about three years later this is it. It's a rather understated little thing. It's certainly not got the impact of Mrs Bradshaw or Totally Tangerine, but has it's own charm I suppose.
2. Valeriana Pyrenaica
Like the Geum above, this plant would also have the garden visitor wondering whether you had done the weeding. It's supposed to grow over 1m high so perhaps it's just taking it's time. It's described as having pale lilac flowers above heart shaped leaves, which sounded lovely, so I ordered them. These were planted last Spring, and this is the first time they have flowered.
Of course I couldn't write this 'Lilac and Grey' post without including a Lilac. This is the first one into flower. What variety you ask? Well, Lidl was rather quiet on that point.
4. Phlox subulata
Staying with lilac shades for a moment, this is Phlox subulata lilac. It's a low growing, front of border plant, which was also planted last Spring and has flowered for the first time this year.
On to grey leaves now. The first is a Hosta in the Woodland Garden, and being a blue leaved one, less attractive to snails. With the last two Summers being so dry, it's been tough for plants in the dry shade of the trees, but the Hostas have coped with it better than the ferns.
Another fabulous Grey leaf is the Artichoke. I think this would be worth including in an ornamental border, although it tends to look a mess later in the Summer. We are big fans of artichokes in this household and I've grown a few more from seed this year.
6. 'Super Value Plugs' update
You may recall the value plugs that I bought.
They were featured in my 10th April post when I was potting them on. Well here they are now. Some haven't done so well. Most of the Busy Lizzies died and the trailing lobelia aren't looking very promising, but the Begonia, Petunia and Nicotiana are growing well.
That's all I have space for this time. I hope you have a great week in your garden and we get a little warm sunshine. Thanks, as always to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.