THE SECOND FLUSH
1. Roses - Part One
The roses are starting to flower again. Here is Margaret Merrill looking stunning. Rose catalogues are filled with photos like this and I fall for them every time: the boss of golden stamens, the buds with their peach flush, the delicate waved petals.
But in truth, by this time of the year the blackspot has badly affected the foliage and the plants look like this.
Not terribly attractive. I'm pondering whether to replace them with a more disease resistant variety, but then there is the concern about rose replant disease.
2. Roses- Part 2
Much healthier is Rosa Queen of Sweden. It's growth habit is uncommon. It is a very upright bush which produces upward facing blooms on the top of the stems.
Rosa 'Munstead Wood' is also looking healthy still. The flowers are such a gorgeous deep crimson. The flower heads hang down ever so slightly: full and voluptuous.
3. Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland'
This is my favourite of the Bishop Dahlias. although they are all very attractive. 'Auckland' is a deep dark crimson, which my camera has lightened somewhat.
4. Hydrangea Paniculata Levana
A clay bank forms one side of the front garden. It had been planted with shrubs which had grown together to form a bit on impenetrable thicket. Unfortunately not impenetrable to weeds, so its had to have a radical cutting back just so I can tackle the ground elder/nettles/bindweed/docks etc etc.
So having done all that, on to the fun bit - shopping for a new plant.
It's still mostly in bud, so hopefully it will make to another Six on Saturday post when it opens up fully.
5. Not a Plant
While I was digging out those weeds, I came across this Elephant hawk moth caterpillar. They are huge (for a caterpillar). I thought it had escaped from a zoo! Apparently they feed on Rosebay Willowherb. He won't go hungry in this garden.
6. Mr B's job this week
Boyed by his success in replacing the gate posts last week, there was no stopping Mr B who has now been replacing the rotten retaining boards which once kept the lawn and play bark areas separate. It will soon be looking all neat and tidy again.
That's all I've got room for this week. There's plenty more to see on the Propagator who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.