Welcome to another Six on Saturday! As usual, I am joining with The Propagator and chums for a spot o’ blogging. Since we last met, there’ve had some absolute scorchers and a couple of pretty biblical deluges; it would be fair to say it’s been a week of extremes. August ’round here has been very dry, and the first few days of September really turned the screws on a few of the plants. The downpours that inevitably follow such intense, sweaty heat were more than welcome. Here are few damp and drizzly photos to capture the mood:
1. Canna Lily No. 1
I have two slightly underperforming Cannas courtesy of a friend of mine’s dad (the plants are courtesy of him, not the underperformance). This one flowers very reliably, but the foliage looks a little underwhelming. It starts growing very late in the year, and I suspect it wishes it lived somewhere warmer, or at least with someone who tried to pamper it a bit more.
2. Canna Lily No. 2
This one has lovely big leaves (the picture here doesn’t really do the leaves justice – I was messing around with photographing raindrops) and comes on a treat in the spring. Unfortunately it never flowers. Again, if it lived with someone who treated it better, it might return the favour with a bit of floral reciprocation.
3. Rose ‘Charlotte’
‘Charlotte’ is gracing us with a few more flowers: they’re quite small, probably due to the lack of water. The delicate yellow stands out rather well on a dreary day, or late in the evening.
This old chap wasn’t quite ready for the torrent of water that suddenly descended upon him. He’s just about finished for this year anyway.
5. Salvia confertiflora
This one featured a few weeks ago, but it’s looking even better now. It’s a slightly eccentric looking thing and all the better for it! I need to remember to take some cuttings of it, as I don’t really fancy it’s chances in the unheated greenhouse over the winter. At least cuttings are small enough to sit on the windowsill.
6. Cyclamen mirabile
The first few leaves are working their way up on Cyclamen mirabile. I’m pleased to see it as some of the Cyclamen don’t take to our damp summers. This year I popped all of the potted Cyclamen in the cold frame for the summer and left them to it. It seems to have worked with this one at least.
That’s all for today’s Six on Saturday. Have a great weekend, I’ll see you next time.