Six on Saturday : Shade

I have had two or three relatively (and it’s all relative) ’empty’ days this week which promised hours of time to get lots of gardening tasks completed; sadly it didn’t quite work out like that but at least today saw the addition of shade netting to the working greenhouse. I have thought about this in recent hears when faced with temperatures in the high 30s in there and have finally done something about it. It was a bit fiddly at first trying to manoeuvre large widths of netting, especially having to fit around everything in the greenhouse, but once I worked out the best way of doing it things became easier. I used the same Alliplugs that had been used on the bubble wrap that had just been taken down, but found I needed two washers to hold the netting in place instead of just one. Short of sufficient Alliplug ‘corners’ to attach the netting at the edges, a sudden brainwave suggested the little bulldog clips that had been used to attach some of the bubblewrap to the outside of the greenhouse in awkward areas – and this made the edges an absolute doddle to attach quickly and securely.

Thinking about shade, it has been a joy to watch the new growth in the garden unfurl in all its myriad shades: Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’, waking up after his winter slumber and breathing his fiery copper and pewter flames to warm up the woodland edge border again…

Every rose seems to have its own colour palette, beautifully described by Ali the Mindful Gardener this morning. Here, Lady Emma Hamilton plays on a ruby and green theme, with leaves and stems delightfully decorated with veining and speckles and edges in a range of patterns…

Hellebore ‘Anna’s Red’ has endeared herself to me in her first flowering season, not only for her tall and erect stems and red blooms which have just kept on coming – but also for her beautiful foliage and its unusual pink marbling…

Admiring the bronze shading of this species tulip I was so convinced it was going to be Tulipa batalini ‘Bronze Charm’ (which I knew I had planted somewhere in the bold borders) that I didn’t check the label – but no, Bronze Charm is yellower than this so I will need to do a name check after all…

Back to the relative shade of the working greenhouse, but popping inside this time, how do you like the soft pink shade of my first sweet pea of the year? Owl’s Acre are not very adventurous naming their sweet peas and this early flowering indoor Winter Sunshine sweet pea is simply called ‘Winter Sunshine Pink’ – and very pretty it is too (but no fragrance yet though).

These are my Six Shades for Saturday which I am linking with Jon the propagator‘s weekly meme, so do now pop over to his blog to see some more Sixes.

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26 Responses to Six on Saturday : Shade

  1. That’s an impressive greenhouse you have. I am still trying to persuade my OH I need one 🙂

    My favourite flower pick this week has to be the Hellebore ‘Anna’s Red’. I’ve been trying to find Hellebores in Portugal but so far no luck. Can you grow them from seed?

    • Cathy says:

      It started as a standard 6×8 one but we extended it with an eBay bargain 6×8 which we cut down to fit the space we had, adding another 5 feet or so to the length although I could easily fill a bigger one at this time of year! Yes, you can grow hellebores from seed quite easily but they cross pollinate so you don’t know what you are going to get, and they would take a few years to get to flowering stage. I could send you some seed if you like, once they have ripened

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I planted some species tulips last year for the first time, and was thrilled with them when they flowered. The big question, for me, is whether they’ll flower again this year. I’ll have to wait patiently for spring, which is months away for me. It’s lovely to see the new growth on your roses.

    • Cathy says:

      Here, the species tulips are fairly reliable returners, unlike other tulips . Hope you get signs of spring soon!

  3. Heyjude says:

    That Hellebore ‘Anna’s Red’ is gorgeous! I have never seen beautiful coloured leaves before.

    • Cathy says:

      They are gorgeous, aren’t they? I have a small Penny’s Pink which is the same type and although it has the marbled leaves there are no pink hues

  4. Hellebore ‘Anna’s Red’ is wonderful, isn’t it? I bought one for my mum a couple of years ago and it is getting better and better each year. I am glad you are enjoying ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ as much as I am. If you are a radio 4 listener, there is a really good pod cast about her on ‘Great Lives’ at the moment. She was a fascinating character!

    • Cathy says:

      I am so looking forward to enjoying my new roses later this year, and the potted ones I bought in Sept are looking so promising already. I was just thinking it would be useful to download some podcasts for when I have hours to spend in the greenhouse in coming weeks, so will look out that series

  5. Christina says:

    I have to have the shading on my greenhouse on the outside otherwise it has very little effect. I admit though that even with shading very little survives in there in summer.

    • Cathy says:

      How much difference does it make having it on the outside, and how do you attach it? Do you use a fan in summer, or would that be too expensive for the length of time you have that heat?

  6. It’s funny how those seemingly empty days go off the rails and other things crop up. Well done on getting that netting up Cathy. I would be wrapped up in a cocoon by now if I attempted such a job. Fabulous shades of colour on both the rose and hellebore foliage and even more amazing is that no two leaves are the same 😄

  7. abbeyj23 says:

    Wow! Look at that greenhouse. Amazing. And that orange tulip is beautiful 🧡

  8. bcparkison says:

    Shde covering would be nice. I should look into this. Even with the ends open in the summer the hoop house get really warm…as in hot.

    • Cathy says:

      It is not expensive and of course will last for years – so glad I finally got round to doing something about it!

  9. Cathy very good invention to hold the shade network in the Greenhouse! I love the Persicaria “Red Dragon” as well as Hellebore “Anna’s Red”. The foliage of Lady Emma Hamilton is divine. The Tulip is wonderful. “Winter Sunshine Pink” is beautiful. Greetings from Margarita.

  10. Jess T. says:

    Your greenhouse looks enormous! and the blue netting gives it an extra tinge of mystery. Neat.

  11. Noelle says:

    That is a very big greenhouse, may you enjoy many hours in there, cosseting your plants.

    • Cathy says:

      It is a 6×8 which we extended with another (£14 bargain) 6×8 that we cut down to fit the space and knocked them through to make one about 6×13 – I could easily fill another few feet though!

  12. tonytomeo says:

    The shade looks so easy. We have a few acres of old saran on rotting posts. Wind is a serious problem for it. Unfortunately, many of the rhododendrons need it.

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