We have had sun as well as lots of rain, and earlier in the week it was windy, so we have had all sorts of weather in just the one week. Already I am cutting back long stems of spent growth on the tall Valerian Officinalis and the garden is taking on the mid summer look with the roses about to start their second flush of flowering. However I've been appreciating things green around the garden and today I am joining with The Propagator and all his blogging cuttings of which I am one, to show six things in our gardens this first Saturday of July.
1. I've grown Cosmos for the first time using seedlings grown by Eileen and shared around our Wells WI gardening group. Dead heading hopefully means that the flowers will continue well until the autumn. There is a nice variety of colours and I think the variety is Sea Shells though I only have this one that has 'the form'. All lovely though.
2. This is Crassula arborescens ssp undulatifolia: a gift from Hilary a few months ago, and it is already at home in the conservatory when it coping with the bright light. For a short time it is taking a stint on a window sill.
3.If I go somewhere lovely and they have a few plants for sale, particularly if they are in such a handsome hand made pot, then I can't resist.
The only problem is the label which reads Crassula perfoliata when it should be Crassula perforata, its easy to write a new label. Well it could be that someone just got the original labels mixed up,, or maybe one of customers moved the labels.
A few weeks previously we had been to the Newt, where of course, I spent quite some time looking over their collection of cacti and succulents and just checking through those pictures I came across this picture a large pot of Crassula perforata. I wonder how long it will take mine to grow this big, but it will need to be potted forward several times.
4. Another viola success grown this year from seed received from the Alpine Garden society, which gave ten good plants.
One I have reserved for Brenda and the others are now either in pots or around the garden. Viola Bowles Black looks good against the golden yellow green of Taxus baccata 'David'.