Six on Saturday: In-between

We are in-between garden openings at the moment, with a group visit a week ago, the first general opening on Wednesday, and our second and last general opening tomorrow. Unless there are later group visits booked, that will be it for this year and I may take my foot off the proverbial pedal for a little while. This last week seems to have been a continual process of top-up baking, deadheading roses and tying in wayward clematis, but the effort will be worth it and I have every confidence it will be another successful day tomorrow.

The three clematis on the pergola that borders the paved area haven’t needed much supplementary tying-in and all are in full flower, in various shades of pinky-red. From left to right are Clematis viticella ‘Margot Kostner’, ‘Madame Julia Correvan’ and ‘Walenberg:

Most of the roses have peaked but are still looking good, although rambler ‘Rosemarie Viaud’, clambering over the back of the shed, is only just coming into bloom, turning up late as she always does:

The cutting beds are beginning to look more colourful, the outdoor sweet peas are in full bloom and two more dahlias are now producing their first blooms, ‘David Howard’ and Geoffrey Kent’ below:

Visitors always comment on the hostas, whatever the state of their leaves, and I am pleased to say that those by the sunken area have remained fairly mollusc free this year; those down the side of the house where visitors will enter the garden suffered a little early in the season, but have remained unscathed since, the result of continued dry weather or application of a garlic wash:

Blooming at a perfect time for showing themselves off are several pots of Asiatic lilies, perhaps making up for their lack of fragrance with vibrant colours, the one below being ‘Forever Susan’. I am sure the garden could benefit with more, so must remember to add them to my next bulb order.

That’s my six for today, a little taste of what our visitors have seen or will be seeing tomorrow. Visitors to Jon the Propagator’s blog will be able to see six things from his garden and if you follow the other links you will be able to view many more sixes.

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30 Responses to Six on Saturday: In-between

  1. Heyjude says:

    Your clematis are looking fabulous too, mine are being tardy this year. Hoping they are just late bloomers. Hope the weather keeps fine for you tomorrow. Sunshine and lots of showers here today!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude, some of mine are still not flowering yet – I suspect those with the most sun are flowering first here. I fed mine properly this year for the first time, and I am hoping that pays off – certainly, the one at the front of the house is flowering like it never has done before

      • Heyjude says:

        I have some clematis granular feed, but it is difficult to get to the soil around the base of several of mine. I should try harder!

        • Cathy says:

          Same problem here! Thorncroft actually recommended slow release pellets but these were even more expensive, but would have been much easier to use and I will reconsider next year…

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Lovely Dahlias, good luck with your garden openings.

    • Cathy says:

      They seem a few weeks later this year than last, Rosie, but I am sure within a week or two I will be inundated with blooms!

  3. your garden looks wonderful, I wish I could stop by. I think the hostas look great! My late planted Dahlias are teasing me with buds.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amelia – I am hoping there might be enough dahlias here to include in my vase next week!

      • Looking forward to seeing your Dahlias. The single red ones I have just burned wondering if I should store the tubers.

        • Cathy says:

          Without the distinct seasons as we have in the UK I don’t know what would be best, although I am sure a rest would be good for them. Perhaps a chill too?

          • The Florida dilemma. They are currently roasting in pots. I seem to remember the tubers were edible, maybe I should try that as a chill is unlikely without using my refrigerator. Florists seem to grow them in spring here, I don’t know what happens after that.

          • Cathy says:

            Would you not want to use for fridge for the tubers? (I have chilled tulip bulbs in mine in the past…) Eating them? Waste not want not if they weren’t going to survive otherwise, I suppose…πŸ˜‰ What do others determined to grow dahlias in Florida do?

          • I think to go from 90 degrees F to the fridge would be a bit of a shock. I left some in the ground for a couple of years but something ate the tubers (not me!) Fairly recently growers for floral work have started growing Dahlias in Florida for late spring use…I have a feeling they are treated as annuals, but need to find someone to ask. I have not grown Dahlias before.

          • Cathy says:

            As we do with ‘bedding plants’ here, so that makes sense. How much do the tubers cost you? Here they would range form Β£3-5 each I suppose, so very cheap for the amount of blooms they produce – and as cheap as a tray of 6 bedding plants!

  4. bcparkison says:

    You deserve a break. things still look good on your end. Here the hostas have blistered leaves after several 100+.days and more coming. The daylilies have just died and will be removed as soon as there is rain. Yes we are praying for rain. My one Dalia finely bloomed but something eat one side off. Sunflowers are coming along as well as a cone flower I have no idea where it came from. That’s ok. .Some surprises are welcome. How you manage to garden for show and cook too just amazies me.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh my goodness, I am mightly pleased we don’t have that sort of heat here πŸ™„ Is there any rain imminent for you yet? I hope it is forthcoming and your garden recovers and brings you much pleasure

  5. stevestongarden says:

    From this sneak preview, I am looking forward to your end of month view. Your garden is lovely, and your energy level in organizing it to be tour worthy, is amazing.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you 😊 It is certainly full of blooms just now although the roses might have a bit of a lull soon. I do like working towards an end goal and it is lovely to be able to share the garden and the pleasure it brings with other people

  6. Pauline says:

    Hope it stays fine for you today and that lots of people come to see your garden. I know how much work is involved and am so glad that I don’t have to do that any more! everything is looking more than ready for your visitors, I’m sure they will love it.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, we were all ready with time for a sit-down on Sunday – we have built up ways of making things easier and sometimes it’s ‘just’ a matter of bringing a motley collection of things down from the loft. Well, no, I suppose it is never ‘just’ that, but we do know what we are doing now we are in our sixth year 😊 And we still enjoy it…! πŸ˜‰

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, sweet peas! I do not see them though. They were my niece’s favorite, which is odd, since their season is so brief there. They grow slowly through the winter to bloom for only a short time in early spring, and then succumb to the arid warmth. They last a bit longer here, but not long enough for me to grow them, . . . although I do every few years or so.

  8. Cathy says:

    It looks great Cathy, and I hope all goes well again today. πŸ˜ƒ

  9. Noelle says:

    You have a lovely garden, and a treat for all the visitors this year. Congratulations to you both.

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Your garden is looking stunning I hope you have good weather, a good turnout and a lot of money raised.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – there were actually fewer people on Sunday than the Weds, which is unusual, but it was a manageable number which is always a relief as parking is limited – I would never aspire to 100s of visitors!!

  11. Your garden is looking lovely, and it would appear that your visitors are in for a treat! The Hostas look great, as do the Clematis and roses. Hope you have a lovely open day!

  12. The dahlia season will be something to look forward to! The two blooms shown are beautiful!

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