Outside the back door are a number of newly acquired plants, awaiting an opportunity to be planted out in the garden: sadly, this task is probably at the bottom of my list, if I was working to a list, which I am not! With days away at my Mum’s, a night in the campervan between two days of garden visiting, weekly Grannie Days plus my other regular doings there seems to have been little time to do any gardening, quite apart from writing any lists. My priority has been keeping up with deadheading and cutting back, and it is a pleasure to see many of the roses providing another welcome flush of blooms. I did, however, make a start today on taking cuttings of salvia, penstemon and the like, until rain made forays between greenhouse and parent plants increasingly damp; the rain also ensured my Six on Saturday contribution was limited to the back door vista above.
The end of month views I share with you have shown that there is still work to be done on the blue and white borders in particular, with parts of the bold and main borders still having gaps to fill too, so recent purchases will go a little way towards improving any deficiencies. The first purchase, Veronica ‘First Love’, is not technically a purchase at all, but a replacement for a purchase made nearly 12 months ago which turned out to be an imposter; I was well-chuffed at the size of the replacement, as the original came in a 9m pot:
Another veronica, this time V ‘White Lady’:
A white agastache, A foeniculum ‘Alabaster’ still looks striking as the flowers fade to green seedheads, although I noted from the label (after purchase) that it needs to be protected from frost. I have overwintered agastache before, but rarely have they survived, and I would welcome suggestions from anyone who regularly keeps them going from year to year. I find all this type of agastache really attractive, and the fragrance provided by their leaves is an added bonus, so I would dearly love to grow them successfully.
I was lucky with this Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna Pink’ as all the other specimens of it had been cut right back – it may look a bit wayward, but what pretty blooms it has and what a shame it would be to cut them all off:
Another contender for the blue & white border is Nepeta ‘Blue Dragon’
And finally, three car boot purchases, two phlox and a tradescantia, between them costing less than one of most of the above plants:
Also outside the back door is the wisteria, now desperately needing its summer prune, the kitchen windows all now framed by trailing tendrils, a task which will of necessity take priority over planting any of these new treasures.
If you have time between your own seasonal garden tasks, please head over to our SoS host, Jon the Propagator, to view his six and those of many other contributors across the globe.