The garden is still making lovely flowers. The weather hasn’t been too harsh yet.
Everyone asks what this hot pink flower is when they see it. It’s Seline coronaria, also called Lychnis coronaria, although they were recently re-classified. The grey leaves are like suede. They’ve been in the spot next to the pear tree for some time growing. They were just seedlings this time last year and didn’t make any flowers. I didn’t know what they were – they’re a bit taller than what I’d wanted to have around the pear, but they’re really happy growing in a clump like this.
Fuchsias are still going strong:
Hydrangeas, also planted around about a year ago, also coming into flower. They make a welcome “bushy” bit amongst the tall spindly birches and the low flowers. We managed to get two of the ten or so cuttings we took to strike this time around.
The Hydrangea Macrophylla “Veitchii” came from the George Tindale Gardens sale. It’s a bit special-looking, with its two-size flower head. It’s one of the lace cap species, which come from the mountains in Japan (called “Ajisai” there).
Flanders poppies, self-seeded from last year, are providing a nice patch of colour up by the road. There’s a seniors’ walking group that goes down the road on occasion (all toting ski poles), and they stop here to enjoy the view and pass comment on the garden. S heard one conversation go like wife: “Oh, I wish my poppies were like that”, husband: “they would be if you planted them, dear”.
Also up by the road, the two little carpet roses have flowered. They’re in little hollows to catch the water (it’s very dry here over summer), and they’re loving it. Very snug and happy. Will probably get some more when we can afford it. Of course, all I can see here are weeds, but they’re keeping the soil together and helping retain moisture so most of them will stay until the roses grow big enough to cover the ground properly.
Last year we got one pale pink hollyhock out of the seeds that Mary provided. This year we’ve got 4 plants, which I’d kind of assumed had grown from that one. Nope. Just biding their time, it would seem.