There are of course many more than six things bringing pleasure in the garden at the moment, but I am choosing a nominal six to share for Jon the Propagator‘s Saturday meme. Above are the first sunflowers, not dwarfing me as most sunfloweers would because they are the aptly named ‘Dwarf Sunspot’ variety. Below is Nigella ‘Mulberry Rose’ which I am especially delighted to have as nigella for some reason hasn’t generally done well in the garden before, but apart from these September sown plants there are also a number of white nigella blooms, distributed around the garden from a cluster of seedlings that appeared out of the blue in one of the borders, an oddity as it is some years since I last attempted to grow it, but certainy very welcome.
New to me this year is knautia, in this instance K ‘Red Knight’, which I think I bought from an open garden last year, and if this year is typical I don’t know why I haven’t ‘discovered’ it before as it is looking stunning in one of the bold borders, alongside oriental poppies and aconitum. I have recently sown seeds of Knautia ‘Melton Pastels’ for added pleasure next year:
With a few pots of lilies having been grown successfully last year and popped into the borders once the buds had formed, I have added several more varieties this year, mostly Asiatic lilies as I can be fairly confident of success with these. This is ‘Orange Ton’ in one of the bold borders:
The number of clematis in the garden has been boosted in the last couple of years by the addition particularly of a number of viticella varieties, and many of these are just coming into bloom to please not just ourselves but our garden visitors. This is ‘Margot Koster’, growing on the pergola that runs between the paved area and the stream:
The fragrance of roses has been hanging in the air on the mild and mostly dry days we and our first visitors have enjoyed this week. Frequent deadheading has kept them looking at their best, and it has been a pleasure getting acquainted with all the new additions. This is ‘Strawberry Hill’, one of a pair on a new arch which were planted as container plants in September and have certainly made themselves at home:
I hope you have as many plants bringing you pleasure this weekend as we have here. Why not pop over to Jon’s blog now and see what pleasures other bloggers are sharing today?