It has been all hands on the deck in the garden (well, my two, and some of the time the Golfer’s too) recently, a combination of available time, decent gardening weather and an unwritten list that is as long as the arms attached to the aforementioned hands. We have a group visit to the garden in less than 4 weeks and the first of our open days in just over 5 weeks, so these are approaching rapidly. Planting out has been my priority and as of today almost everything has been planted out, either in the cutting beds or pots or stuffed into one of the borders. The first of my Six is therefore an almost empty Greenhouse:
A far cry from the stuffed-to-the-gunnels position of a few weeks ago! All that is left at this end of the working greenhouse are some dahlias grown from seed which will be for sale, and a second sowing of calendula and helichrysum. The front end is still productive with pots of tomatoes and the lovely Winter Sunshine sweet peas, which I could pick a posy of almost every day. I am so pleased I mixed the shades of these sweet peas instead of keeping the colours separate as they are more pleasing to the eye like this.
Number 2 is the Pots and Tubs that have benefited from the emptying of the greenhouse and I have been through nearly 8 bags of compost in recent weeks as I refresh the soil in them before planting them up. I planned the contents last November and ordered or sowed accordingly, which has made planting up easier as it has been less ‘ad hoc’. I now have a chart with all the containers and what I had planned to plant in them which can form a reference point for future years, subject to amendments. I underestimated what was needed for the group of square pots on the paved area so added some ‘spare’ Busy Lizzies and the bellis I had just removed and look forward to seeing the full effect in due course:
Elsewhere, two shades of calibrachoa I ordered are too similar to each other and a different variety or a rethink is needed, but hopefully a month’s growth will see most pots and containers flourishing by the time our visitors arrive in June. The same goes for the rest of the garden where Buds (number 3) are popping up all over the place, promising abundance throughout. Who could fail to admire buds on oriental poppies(top right), and look at the height of these Allium ‘Summer Drummer’ (left), a new variety from Peter Nyssen which are now mostly about as tall as me? And where has Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ (bottom right) been for the last couple of seasons? Buds on Clematis ‘Kingfisher’ and an unnamed delphinium (below) promise a pleasing combination in a few weeks time too.
For the time I have used Bark (number 4) on one of the borders, in this case the shrub border which is not stuffed in the same way that other borders are; it certainly makes it look neater although I suspect some of the bark will find its way onto the paths in due course. I put off laying the bark for a couple of weeks until crocus foliage could be removed, and will repeat the exercise under the apple and holly trees once narcissus and bluebells have died back enough.
The Golfer comes in at number 5 with a collection of Bits, having decided in the course of tarting up the mangle and the old mower to dismantle the latter for ease of tarting…I am not so sure, but hey ho….
Number 6 is your current weekly dose of Wisteria (W floribunda ‘Magenta’), which you can see from the first picture is well on its way to flowering peak. Since we repainted the house two years ago the colour of the blooms does not seem to stand out as much as it used to, even though it is painted the same colour, and the contrast is more noticeable when you look down the shadier side of the house where we have been blessed with a loaded branch of dangling blooms for the first time ever:
So that’s my six, and I am grateful to Jon the Propagator for giving me and other bloggers the opportunity of showcasing them in his meme.