Just a quick and fairly random selection of things from the garden for my Saturday Six, things I have paused and admired on more than one occasion recently. The Six on Saturday meme is hosted by gardening friend Jon the Propagator, so please take the time to check out his six too, and follow links to many others.
Above is one of my new roses, the one with the clumsy name, R Tottering-by-Gently’; I am really pleased I relented and choose this rose is there is already something endearing about the pale yellow single blooms and it definitely looks at home in the woodland edge border.
I had been without the dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ for a couple of years, and there wasn’t quite enough space for the replacement with the others in my dahlia beds, so it has been in a pot and not received the attention it should: it really is the most gloriously vibrant shade of scarlet, although this photo does not do it justice:
Equally vibrant is this geranium, probably G ‘Rozanne’, quite rightly the recipient of many accolades:
A friend visited yesterday in a socially distanced way and commented on the number of bees on this ivy, itself a mass of flowers; I was pretty sure I had read recently about the ivy bee, the last bee of the year to emerge, feeding exclusively on the nectar of ivy flowers and not emerging till September or so. Although a solitary bee, nesting in in loose soil and favouring sparsely vegetated south-facing banks, nesting aggregations can be huge in suitable locations with thousands of nests. There were certainly hundreds of bees on the ivy that sunny morning, but none to be seen this cooler afternoon when I took the photograph:
Many roses here are floriferous again with their latest flush of blooms, but additional blooms on R ‘England’s Rose’ have been sparse, and the bed would probably have benefitted from additional watering; my feeding regime tailed off rather earlier than it could have done too. However, there are occasional blooms, and I was taken by the frilly edges of this one and the gradual fading of the pinkness towards the outer petals:
Finally, a pleasing and accidental combination of Agastache ‘Blue Boa’, Persicaria ‘Jo and Guido’ and that rogue range orange nasturtium. This is the first year an agastache has lived to see another season, and it took me by surprise when it started flowering.