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A COOL START

 Temperatures are expected to get into the 30s again today but this morning I’ve been for a walk around the garden and it felt lovely and fresh and cool with a little mist in the air. I hope the plants have also benefited from this respite from the heat.  This is a view of the shady end of the rose garden looking towards the oak tree and the rhododendron borders it’s looking a bit autumnal   The persicaria is flowering. It’s a bit of a thug and wood happily make a move to take over the whole border but I keep a close eye on it and make sure it behaves itself.  I bought it from a NGS garden as ‘son of firetail’. They certainly had plenty of it for sake.  The roses have started to repeat flower. This is Margaret Merril just opening and looking much more like Champagne Moment.  Now back to reality with a bit of a bump. Those rhododendrons under the oak tree are suffering. I would guess they have been there since the 1970s at least and could be older. They don’t like this weather and have

IRIS AND DUCKLINGS

I had 51 photos to choose from this week.  Remember the slim pickings of January and February?  We've left that far behind.

Up in the Knot garden the iris are really getting going, and a few lupins are starting to show some colour.

 


These pale yellow and white iris are a looking wonderful just now.


I would love to know the proper names of all the iris, but mostly I don't.  In this case I ordered a variety called 'Latest Style' which is pale blue.  These came instead.




This stunning lavender variety came from an open garden plant stall.  They had been dug up and dumped in a bin liner - no indication of colour even.  I took a chance on them and it worked out well.


My second choice this week is these Centaurea montana.  On the left is 'Amethyst' and on the right is 'Jordy'.  I think I prefer the slightly brighter 'Amethyst'.






I usually go for a more subtle colour scheme, but  I inherited this planting combination and I enjoy the bright splash of colour it provides.  It reminds me of those rather garish 1950s colour photos.  The Rhododendron luteum is echoed in the yellow Rosa 'Golden Showers' on the house wall. 



 They clash delightfully with the bright pink of Rhododendron 'Pink Pearl' with a scattering of bluebells to compliment them.




Away from the carefully bred and cultivated garden plants, the Anthriscus Sylvestris is also a magnificent sight.



I have my first peony in flower too.  I planted this a couple of years ago, but this is the first time it has flowered.  It is 'Claire de Lune', which is a cross between. P.lactiflora and P.molokosewitschi.  I really wanted a P.molokosewitschi, but if you've ever looked at the price of them you'll see why I chose this one instead.  It isn't the same colour though; it tends towards the cream rather than that delicious cool lemon yellow. 




Meanwhile, over at the greenhouse, it's time for the hokey-kokey as the plants are moved in and then out again as they are hardened off.  


It's mostly Dahlias and some Cannas, but a few bedding plants are in there too so I have something to fill the pots on the terrace.  Last year I planted the Dahlia tubers straight in the ground, and they grew OK but not brilliant, but I've gone back to potting them up as it's not that much more work.  
(Who am I kidding?)


That's my Six for this week, but I couldn't resist showing you this.  Can you spot them?


Since Easter a duck has been nesting in the corner of the Potager, snuggled in the corner of the compost bin.  Yesterday those eggs hatched.  I realise I'm not going to win Countryfile Wildlife Photographer with these photos, but they didn't want me to get too close and within an hour or two they had moved on.



As always, thanks go to the Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.  Until next week.




Comments

  1. Oh those ducklings are lovely. Wow 51 photos to choose from, how great it that? I have greenhouse envy, that looks a wonderful specimen.

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  2. You get an extra 10 points for the ducklings. You already had a top score due to the gorgeous greenhouse (10), amazing iris (10) and fabulous peony (10). Lovely. :)

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  3. You get the number one slot with those ducklings, and like Gill top points to Greenhouse, Iris, and Peony. You must be full of joy this week.

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    1. It makes it all worthwhile, even the red ant bites I got when I was weeding those iris.

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  4. You can't beat ducklings for cuteness. The pale yellow and white Iris against the purples and pinks looks lovely and wow to the greenhouse!

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    1. Mummy duck would fly off the nest every time I went near, so I didn't. I'm glad they've hatched now as I need to get in the Potager and do some planting and weeding.

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  5. Too cute these little ducklings… You're very lucky! The overall photo with the 2 colours of irises yellow and blue is really successful. Really a good mix

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