After a week of storms and torrential rain with bits of sunshine thrown in between, most of the plants are still upright and looking bright and perky. The two main ones that have been toppled were Crocosmia Lucifer and Miscanthus malepartus. I managed to get Lucifer back upright without it looking as though it is in a straightjacket, but had problems with the miscanthus as it is rather large by now. I was wearing a short sleeved T shirt and ended up with a nasty rash on both my upper arms and masses of long diagonal cuts on both arms, plus something bit me on the inside of my elbow! I’m presuming the rash came from the sap where I had cut a few stems and all the cuts must have come from the leaves which I hadn’t realised must be sharp, oh, the joys of gardening! Here are my 6 for this week.
No 1 Hydrangea
Hydrangea Ayesha with lovely incurved petals like a lilac.
Hydrangea paniculata Candlelight, a bit different from all my others.
No 2 Hypericum prolificum
Hypericum prolificum is more a small tree than a shrub as I have pruned away the lower branches.
Masses of tiny flowers are loved by the bees.
No 3. Agapanthus
White Agapanthus in the front drive always flower first……
…..but the blue ones aren’t far behind.
no 4 Lysimachia ephemerum
Lysimachia ephemerum is now forming a good support role around my Iceberg roses.
No 5. Fuchsia
The common Fuchsia magellanica, but I still like it as a hedge by the back door.
Fuchsia Whiteknights Blush, bought to remember my daughter’s Hall of Residence at Reasding University.
Fuchsia magellanica alba which looks just like a wall of icicles when allowed to grow into a large shrub.
No 6 Buddleia
My 3 buddleia in the driveway border are now bringing in the butterflies when the sun decides to shine for us.
They all have a very distinctive perfume, is it that which attracts the insects?
This one is up by the pergola at the top of the garden. I did have a white one which was very popular with the insects but unfortunately it died after I found it sitting in flood water last winter, I must replace it soon to somewhere that stays dry!
Those are my 6 for this week, thanks again to Jon The Propagator for hosting each week, do pay him a visit to see what he is up to this week!