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This is L 'Fan salmon' at the front and just behind it
L 'Starship scarlet'.
The 'Starship scarlet' which was one of my favourite plants of last
year did not survive the winter, so this is a replacement for
The 'Fan salmon' was severely eaten by snails last year.
Most of the leaves were stripped off as well as the outer part of the stalks and
unsurprisingly there were hardly any flowers on it.
However it did survive the winter and is flowering now.
The flowers are less dense than the Starship.
Also there is Sidalcea 'Little princess' and Lythrum in the
2 Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
The plant has spread greatly since last year.
However not really more flowers, at least so far.
After last years Liatris disaster, where there was not a single
flower, this year I have about four.
I did …
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I am very late in finishing the July round up,
but as always it covers what was happening in July and
all picture are from during the month.
You can compare with July last year.
There was far more rain last year.
It was nearly a whole month of hot sunshine without rain, but rain
fell in the final few days of the month, there was also some rain on
In flower this month
I've already shown many of the flowers during
the month in previous posts.
Most of the following have not been mentioned before.
Salvia 'Wendys wish'
: I saved this via a cutting over the winter. It has grown much bigger
this year and there are lots of flowers. I'm glad that I've now had a
chance to see it at its best, but I shall not be saving it for another
year, if it dies …
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Just some rain would have been nice, but instead we got thunderstorms with
high winds. I was dreading plants being blown over, but so far mostly
OK, although more high winds and rain forecast for tomorrow, so too
early to tell.
So here is this weeks Six things in the garden today.
For more garden snapshots in handy six packs see over
at The Propagator.
This year my Zinnias were mostly planted directly outside in the
containers and are so much better than last year when they were
started off inside and grew with thin stalks that fell over and had
leaves that said 'Eat me'.
The variety is Z.
Whirlygig mixed so they are all different.
They are all pretty, but this one is completely stunning with the
electric blue effect around the center that looks like it is glowing.
Glad that the photo captures the effect …
This Geum has flower stalks before, but the buds all died or were
eaten. This is its first flower. The plant itself looks very
healthy and is as large as the other that I got at the same time.
Last year when I cut out one row of the hedge in the front garden
there was a strawberry plant growing
which was included in a November six on Saturday.
With more light it has flowered this year and now there are some tiny
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Although the focus in the garden is on perennials, I've added several
perennials this year to fill in gaps and it is working quite well.
I decided that growing Lobelia was too much trouble, so I just got a
tray of 25 and put some in the containers and the rest around the
edges of the beds.
They are mixed colours and so provide a bit more interest.
I also got a tray of 20 mixed Pelargoniums which have also gone into
the containers and spread out in gaps in the beds.
They have grown at vastly different rates depending on where they were
planted which is interesting information.
Down the side of the house where even the weeds don't grow, they have
remained almost the same size as when they were planted and yet have
In the containers they have grown very large, and yet were the …
It was a very warm day today, with clear skies and plenty of sunshine.
There are a lot of Large White butterflies at the moment, there is almost always
at least one in the garden and I've seem up to four at a time.
I also saw a smallish blue butterfly and briefly two other kinds but
not for long enough and close enough to identify them for sure.
Digging up the lawn to create more planting space, must have brought
up some seeds. There are verbena seedlings everywhere, some Knotgrass
and also these two Viola have appeared.
The flowers are tiny but stunning.
From the five packets of seeds only the Potentilla grew.
There is one seedling that is probably a weed but I don't recognise
it, so I am keeping it in case it is something interesting.
I've thrown the
rest of the compost in the seed tray into an area in the back corner
as you never know seeds may sprout later on, or next year.
The Potentillas are now planted or given away.
Here is one of them planted up. I don't know if it will flower this
year, I'm not really expecting it too.