Thats enough introduction - on with the plants!
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... out in the garden.
Hemerocallis 'Spanish Gold' .
The end of a week in early summer. The sun has been beautiful without being oppressive, it has rained on and off and there has been enough cloud cover
on occasion to keep the temperatures down a bit. A few more of those please!
The Hemerocallis have been producing the odd flower for a couple of weeks now, but the numbers are beginning to build. 'Spanish Gold'
is a very old cultivar. It's place has been taken by 'Cartwheels', which is very similar. Over the years I have grown it, this has become more and more impressive
and it is now one of my favourites. Large flowers with thick robust petals are held so that they face outwards from the clump. Modern cultivars may have a better range of colours
, but there are very few that are as good as garden plants.
Disa Diores 'Inca Warrior' .
The garden is burgeoning in a lusty fashion. I imagine the meadow at the top of the garden is now
looking ragged and floppy, but I haven't had time to go up there for a couple of weeks so I have a feeling it will be a bit awkward when I finally get the mower out!
In the greenhouse, the Disa are flowering their heads off. I have pollinated a number, so before long there will be rows and rows of pots of seed to find space for
. (Last years seedlings are nearly 1cm tall now!) 'Inca Warrior' has large rounded flowers that add a startling splash of colour and cheers me up every morning.
Impatiens puberula HWJK 2063 .
I am growing a few new Impatiens this year - at the moment they are sheltering in the Ginger house under the the Hedychium , where they are protected
but probably too shaded. This one came from Crug Farm Plants, and I didn't really know what to expect. It started the year growing upright, but has become
very prostrate now. There are lots of these purple flowers forming, and caterpillars love the leaves! This much I have learned already.
In theory I will propagate it before next year, and then try it outside. It is supposed to be hardy.
Iris ensata 'Jitsu Getsu' .
The Japanese Iris are looking really lovely at the moment. I have a couple of new ones this year but it doesn't look like they are going to flower
so this is an old favourite performing at its best. 'Jitsu Getsu' has astonishing poise. If you were going to be
picky you might say it is too perfect and precise. To save itself from the chance of turning into a beautiful supermodel tantrum
it holds onto the dead flowers so that it can't get too pompous.
Some mornings I wake up and forget to put my teeth in. Same thing really!
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