The holidays are over. It’s raining. We are no longer being fried. It’s dark at a normal time. Life is about to return to normal. But what a Summer it has been! In the weeks I have been away or busy, lots has happened to enrich me and stimulate me. Nice to be back in The Propagator’s fold: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/six-on-saturday-25-08-2018/
- There I am, happy as Larry, on August 6th, my 51st birthday, at The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent. What a lovely garden!It is full of interesting and unusual plants. Whilst in Broadstairs for a week I took the chance to visit this and The Frustrated Gardener, Dan Cooper’s garden, open for the NGS (tropical splendour!). Both were highly impressive. I was delighted too to meet Dan and Steve Edney (Head Gardener at The Salutation). Lovely people, excellent gardens, what more could you want?
2. Sedum Matrona (or Hylotelphium Matrona, if you are all 21st Century). After months of looking fine, no problem, just hanging out, suddenly this plant has got a bit more colour in its stem, got more lustre in its leaves, got some pep in its flower. It is their time to shine. They love a drought too. Their seed heads look good all winter, making them one of those rare creatures which look nearly as good dead as alive. Rapidly becoming one of my go to plants for easy, low maintenance, look-good planting.
3. Trachymene coerulia. A free packet of seed from Gardens Illustrated. This is a useful mixer of an annual. It is low, which I think is a virtue, being a shortass myself. This means it mingles well with taller plants like Salvia Armistad (here) or Ammi visagna. The blue umbels last quite a while (five weeks?) and are low maintenance in a sunny spot. I reckon to take seed and try it again next year.
4. Week of freaks. Well, not really freaks, but curiosities, rarities, the kind of things Victorians would have charged you a schilling to see. We have a crown gall discovered on a Euonymus. A bit bigger than a walnut, like a cross between a cauliflower head and a rat’s brain, it is a mutation of the stem caused by Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Will have to dig up the plant and dispose of it. In the other photo are Stag Beetle larvae, five in all, tucked up under a rotten tree root, until I untucked them. I really love the adult beetles. They are such beautiful creatures. I tucked them up again very carefully and sung them a lullaby.
5. Cyclamen hederifolium. After a little bit of Adam’s ale, they are emerging in those dark and leafy, obscure corners of the garden. Or in this case, in the middle of a neglected lawn I have just taken on. Couldn’t mow over them, so I went round them. They have been told that as soon as they finish their flowering business , they are to pack their bags and get off to a more sensible home. Ants and their ways, I ask you.
6. Readers with long memories may remember my visit to Hauser and Wirth in Somerset last November and the pilfering of seed that took place. These are the resultant seedlings. No doubt all very good Piet Oudulf approved prairie plants, but I have no clue about any of them. Once again, good sixers, may I ask for some help in identifying them? Thanks.