Above left are the cyclamen I mentioned a few days ago, and I have realised since just how much they must have been seeding themselves around, which is particularly noticeable in the dense clump shown on the right. Some are a little further away from the parent plant, but they are not yet spreading far and wide, the seeds moved by ants, as Pauline at Lead up the Garden Path has described in her blog. All this without any fuss or bother, such a simple process.
Also quietly getting in what they are meant to be doing are the two honeysuckles I bought from Aldi at about this time last year, to clothe the screen that separates the woodland edge border from the right hand hot border (see map). They are doing their job admirably and allowing me to trim them back without complaint when they get a little wild and start waving themselves about. Also quietly getting on with their allotted task is this Liriope muscari ‘Monroe White’ in the ex Devil’s Plant border – I have tried liriope a few times but this is the first time I have achieved a flower spike although admittedly it is still pushing its way up quite tentatively.
There are three matching pots on the paved area which were successfully home to verbena, brachyscome and Fuchsia ‘Deep Purple’ last year and I aimed to repeat the combination this year. I included fuchsia and verbena cuttings from plug plants in my experiment earlier in the year, and when I came to plant them out in May I was amazed that only had the unprotected fuchsia from last year survived but the pots were also still full of brachyscome! The latter has continued to flourish, but the verbena cuttings have been slow getting going and I have only had flowers on one of the fuchsias and that was last year’s – mixed success, therefore, and I clearly need to take the cuttings earlier to give them a chance to bulk up more before they get planted out. The white lobelia in the left picture was also a 2012 product – amazing!
Meanwhile, while the successes have been simmering, Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ has been furtively making a claim to take over the hot borders, establishing mats of tangled roots below the surface. Despite the slight sentiment attached to it, this being the plant whose name I had forgotten and inadvertently led me to expand my blogging horizons when a google search brought me to Patient Gardener‘s blog, I had decided a week or two ago that its days were numbered. It put up a valiant fight, but I won…