Taking advantage of the delayed but promised rainfall I had another afternoon taking stock, sorting out and tying up those loose ends – like moving this one directional weather vane from its previous overgrown home to somewhere it can actually be seen. A day or two of rambling past will be enough to determine whether the post needs to be hammered in any further than it was.
After today, most of my seedlings will have been planted in their final homes, although I am leaving tomatoes in their 3″ pots until the first flower, something suggested in a recent article in a gardening magazine. Mourning the potential loss of the large multi-stemmed Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ I decided to plant the last of my sweet peas around the base so they can climb up the stems whether dead or not – if there is still no sign of life later in the year the stems can be cut back once the sweet peas have finished flowering. The earlier sweet peas were much taller than this when they were planted out, but by now I want closure on my sowings!
Taking stock has included planting out the three roses bought last week – two ‘Guinée’ to supplement struggling ones in the rose garden and Rosa ‘Susan Williams-Ellis’, a rose mentioned by several other bloggers, which was planted adjacent to the Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ with the intention that it flowers through the canopy of the hydrangea. I am indebted to another of you out there for this planting suggestion, but so many of us have written about roses recently I can’t remember who it was – thank you anyway!
Whilst mooching I have been pleased to see stacks of buds on the stunning bluey-purple Campanula ‘Sarastro’ and the re-emergence of Gladiolus ‘The Bride’, the latter now well-sheltered and supported by adjacent plants – the sun has taken away its glory in the photo, but at least you can see how at home it looks with the geranium and tradescantia (the former a named variety but the latter long having lost its label). I might even spare a spike to put in a vase on Monday….