Good morning! It’s been a bit warm this week, to say the least. The garden is starting to look a little bit cooked, but there’s rain on the way over the weekend; hopefully that will keep everything ticking over for the time being. Last week I commenced my Six on Saturday by showing some shots of the borders (as opposed to individual plants). This week I thought I’d potter around with the macro lens, taking some close ups of whatever tickled my fancy. As usual, The Propagator will be providing a home for all those Six on Saturday lost souls.
1. Leucanthemum x superbum
This is a particularly unnecessarily frilly Shasta daisy. Last year it struggled along, putting on a rather mediocre display. This time around it seems a bit happier, and is doing it’s ruffled, flouncy thing with more purpose.
A client of mine recently said “Oh, I’ve bought a new plant – it’s called Leucanthemum… er…”. “Super-bum?” I suggested, helpfully. I then pointed out that technically it’s meant to be “superb-um”, but given the opportunity for a cheap joke, who’d opt for the latter?
2. Santolina rosmarinifolia
A lovely little shrub which I grew from a cutting. It always seems to put it’s flowers out around the sides and edge, rather than on the top. Being such a nice looking thing, I don’t judge it too harshly.
3. Salvia confertiflora
It’s not yet in flower, but I do like the leaves of this. The tiny little hairs on the leaves give them a silvery edge which I find rather appealing. If you’re the tactile sort, it has a nice feel to it as well.
4. Wiggly Wisteria
The Wisteria is trying to grasp on to blue sky and clouds. It’s due for a haircut, but I like it’s ambition all the same. It is also trying to get in the bathroom window. Not a chance, you cheeky plant!
One of the teapot-dwelling Sempervivums is flowering. I’ve always quite liked the flowers; somehow they don’t look like they match the plant. The central rosette will die after it’s flowered, but I’ve never found that to be a problem as the gap soon fills in.
6. Dicentra formosa leaf
I like the blue edging on leaves of some of the Dicentras. They often have glaucous leaves and I thought this particular plant was displaying these blueish tones very nicely indeed.
Looking back over the post, it seems a little brief, but that’s all for today’s Six on Saturday. I think my brain might have been slightly baked. I hope you have a good weekend (and a cool, refreshing one for those of us who need it!). See you next time!