The rain has stopped and now we have a heatwave, from one extreme to the other! I hate to say it but it is too hot for me, I’m having to plan my gardening from very early when I get up and do my first gardening session in my pjs, then after breakfast I have to be finished by 10am, after which it just gets far too hot to even think about working. Looking round the garden for 6 plants to feature, needless to say I started in the shade where I found Iris ensata, a Japanese iris, in the bog garden.
No 1 Iris ensata.
It is looking very happy in the shady bog garden, especially with all the rain we have had lately.
The flowers are rather beautiful and measure a good 6 or 7 inches across.
As their common name is Japanese water iris, I’m wondering if I could split them and move them to where I have been having repeated flooding.
No 2 Thalictrum delavayi
A thin wispy plant that shivers in the breeze and grows to about 5ft.. The flowers are so tiny they catch every breath of air that passes. I have mine propped up with the camellia behind it.
The tiny flowers are always moving on the ends of their fine stems. The petals are pale lilac in colour, although they look white here.
No 3 Rosa Golden Wedding.
A present which came from Canada for our Golden Wedding, 5 yrs ago, aptly named Rosa Golden Wedding.
A beautifully formed rose and a lovely reminder of a very happy day spent with all the family.
No 4. Hosta sieboldiana.
Hosta sieboldiana has recovered from being attacked by hailstones a while back. It is quite massive, at least 3 ft tall by 6 ft wide. When it was planted by the front door it was always shredded to lace curtains by slugs and snails, but here in the back garden, not a nibble to be seen, I think the birds and hedgehogs are looking after it for me!
No 5 Crocosmia Lucifer
Hot, hot hot, the heat is being turned up in the garden with Crocosmia Lucifer with Hemerocallis Stafford behind.
No 6 Buddlias.
The buddlias have started flowering , I will now just sit back and wait for the butterflies to come.
To be honest, the butterflies have already arrived, they must have been waiting for the buddlia flowers to open, the perfume is so strong at the moment.
Those are my 6 for this week. Can’t see me getting much gardening done until the temperature drops a bit, a chair in the shade, a good book and a long cold drink and that’s me happy!
Thanks go to Jon The Propagator for hosting this each week, lots of plants to see if you pop over to him.