Six on Saturday: a Lanky Lodger and Other Stuff

Having shown the delightful crab apple ‘Evereste’ last week, I thought it only fair to show the equally bright and fruitful ‘Golden Hornet’ this week; however, those of us acquainted with this buzzy crab apple also know its weakness, that of ageing disgracefully. Unloved by the birds, the fruit just hangs there and gradually disintegrates or shrivels on the branches – I could go down the crab apple jelly option, of course, but as yet haven’t tried it as I have more than enough fruit to deal with as it is!

My David Austin roses arrived last week and were duly planted, although choosing them had taken a considerable time. In the rose garden where the Blush Noisette were removed, the unusually coloured rose ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ has been planted, four of them in total against the fence. As the other roses here are mostly shades of pink, along with the crimson Darcey Bussell, I wanted something complementary but not contrasting, and growing no higher than the fence; ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, actually a purple rose, seemed to fit the bill and although one of the four bushes was flowering on arrival it’s not very clear on the picture below which shows two of them. The whole area looks a lot neater and access will also be easier now the tall and bushy Blush Noisette have gone, but there is still more ivy to be removed when time permits.

I wanted to add a rose to the woodland edge border, taking advantage of the increase in light following removal of the oak, one that looked informal, but for some time I avoided my eventual choice because of its name; gritting my teeth I finally decided to go for it, as it was a very pretty rose with single yellow blooms and fitted the bill nicely. Let me introduce you to ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ (named after a cartoon in Country Life magazine):

The hardest choice was for the bed by the streamside border from where the persicaria was removed and as this can be seen from the house it was a particularly important decision. I toyed with so many inviting roses before realising that many of these would block views beyond the bed, so changed tack, buying instead a very ‘ordinary’ ground cover rose, ‘Scented Carpet’ – three of them actually, to grow together and fill the bed, spilling over the stones at the front. Wanting instant gratification, if they hadn’t been available as potted roses, I am not sure what route would have been taken…

In the Coop, I am delighted that some of my potted nerines are in bud, albeit only a few of them. This is Nerine bowdenii, the most readily available variety in the UK:

And our lodger? He* has been an ongoing project during lockdown, but is finally lounging around on a bench in the woodland. Unusually lanky in the body, he really needs a cushion behind him, to support his unique anatomy:

Originally conceived as a sculpture with a chicken wire frame, to be covered by a cement, sand and compost mix to look like stone, I got as far as a pair of legs before deciding the end result would be too heavy and very difficult to move, unless constructed in situ. The legs sat about for several weeks, awaiting a wet weather day to consider alternatives. As wet days were few and far between earlier this year, it was some time before the project moved on to the Mark 2 version, utilising some plaster of paris bandages acquired (legally!) when I accompanied a friend on a hospital visit (plus several additional purchased rolls). Again, chicken wire provided the framework, this time in a lighter and more manageable format, before being covered in layers of bandage and painted when dry with gesso, primer, and several coats of stone effect paint. He is desperately in need of a friend…

That’s my Saturday Six for this week, but please visit our SoS host Jon the Propagator who will have his own to share along with links to many others

*All the way through construction I was determined that the sculpture would be amorphous in terms of gender, but found I had written ‘he’ above without thinking, so perhaps he is a ‘he’ after all…

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14 Responses to Six on Saturday: a Lanky Lodger and Other Stuff

  1. langleyae says:

    Love The Lanky Lodger!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Love the Lankyman! Is persicaria a thug? I often see it on UK blogs and it looks like a good ground cover, but I fear it will take off in our conditions and I wonโ€™t be able to control it.

    • Cathy says:

      It hadn’t been in most parts of my garden but there are a couple of places where it seems to be a tad over-eager…I like it too much to call it a thug! I guess it is the soil conditions. And I suppose my borders are not especially big

  3. Noelle M says:

    Sculpture in the garden, always interesting…I think a self portrait on hands and knees amongst the roses, nose down, might be an idea, and the chap lounging on the chair could look on. Magenta carpet looks very floriferous, I wonder whether they set hips later in the season?

    • Cathy says:

      Haha Noelle – yes, it could never be the equivalent of me, sitting on a bench! Not sure about hips on the rose – will check it out

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Those are nice crabapples, especially from an ‘ornamental’ cultivar! There are a few fruiting crabapples at the farm. I am very pleased that they are there, and intend to grow new copies of them. However, they are not as pretty in bloom as flowering crabapples.

  5. Cathy says:

    I love your new sculpture. Perhaps he/she needs a dog as a companion… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Heyjude says:

    Excellent! He definitely looks like a ‘he’ sort of a ‘Where’s Wally’ look about him, I think he needs a newspaper or possibly a garden magazine to hold. Or an owl sitting on his shoulder…

    • Cathy says:

      I gave a lot of thought to what colour to paint him as he reminded me of the Pink Panther!! I have now given him a garden fork to be going on with, but I like the idea of a gardening magazine…!

  7. cavershamjj says:

    a new rose is always something to celebrate. i am waiting for souvenir du dr j to arrive.

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