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Lovely start to the day warm and sunny, then got a bit dull in the
I was wondering if I would be able to scrape together six things,
but I did manage without any too recent repetition.
So here goes with another
Six on Saturday.
1 Salvia "Radio red"
This Salvia has started flowering again. I got it in mid June
and it hasn't grown much since then, so its nice to see
the new flowers.
Taking pictures of pure red flowers is difficult as they
tend to come out as a featureless blob.
In fact they looks like a featureless blob when viewed from
the house, so a lot of that is due to how the eye doesn't
see shades of red as well as other colours.
I reduced the exposure for this photo and it has
come out a little better than my previous attempts.
2 Pyracantha …
Don't often get a chance to see the Gazanias in flower, so glad to
catch this picture.
The plants were severly damaged by slugs or some other pest but are
now looking quite healthy. Unfortunately there is probably not going
to be too many days suitable for flowering as it seem that they need
both sun and warmth to open up fully.
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It will be Sunday soon, so without further introduction on to this week's
Six things on a Saturday.
I read that Sedum are very good for attracting bees, hoverflies
and butterflies, but I cannot say that I have seen an insect of
any kind on these ones.
Web searching does bring up many pictures, so it can't be a total
myth, but here the bees are still sticking mostly to the lavender and
Lythrum. Butterflies sometimes fly over, but don't find reason to
I really like these berries which form bright red bunches that
contrast well with the leaves.
I believe it is a Cotoneaster Bullatus also known as a Hollyberry
Cotoneaster and the berries do remind me of holly.
The birds are not eating the berries so far, but I believe that they
do and this causes it to be quite invasive. There are …
I bought this quite late in the year and
it was a small plant, but considering that it is doing well
with just about every stem flowering away.
The sedum is a slow growing thing, the flowers have been
forming for ages and they are now starting to open.
I expect that they have further to open but we shall see how long they
will last for.
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A sunny start to the day, so getting this
Six on Saturday
out early today.
Anemone fortunes reversed
I have two Japanese Anemones bought this year.
The first quickly went brown and most of the leaves died off.
The second grew well and had quite a few buds.
In the last week however, the second one (a pink
variety Anemone hupehensis 'Praecox'),
suddenly suffered the same fate as the first. Many of the leaves
are turning brown and the buds have all wilted.
On the other hand the first ("Honorine Jobert") now has a flower, with
another just starting to open.
It is still a very small plant, but it was only last week I think that
I was wondering if it would survive.
I've been watering them in case that is the problem as I read that
they need a lot of water until they are established. Then once …
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Pretty poor weather for most of the month,
two very wet days at the beginning of the month with large pools of
water gathered across the graveled area at the back of the house.
There were also a number of times when it was blow-over-the-lavender
In the last week it has been mostly dry
and there is not much sign of rain on the forecast for the next
couple of weeks.
Its hard for me to say what effect these long rainy spells followed by
long dry spells are having on the new plants. Some are certainly
not thriving, but maybe they wouldn't have done anyway.
So lets get on to what is flowering.
This is roughly in date order, but only roughly.
The muscari already had leaves when I arrived here
at the beginning of the year, so I didn't know when they started
Well, around now is the answer.
I'm surprised that they start putting up leaves so long before
flowering in the spring.