Six on Saturday | Flower Moon

On Thursday the Flower Moon lit up the sky as the last supermoon of 2020 was seen at its most impressive. Par for the course here in the south-west the sky was cloudy when it rose at around 8:45 p.m. but I managed to get a photo through the Velux window later on that night as the clouds briefly parted. And this weekend is a bank holiday weekend – one like no other – not only was it held on a Friday, but it was also the 75th celebration of the end of WWII in Europe; in lockdown. All sorts of celebratory events had to be cancelled, but apparently street parties in isolation went ahead. I’m not one for celebrating these sorts of events. Flag waving doesn’t do it for me.

Sadly the big house on the left belongs to my neighbours.

And the garden calls loudly at this time of year. Not only are the perennials awakening from their winter slumber, but the weeds are on the march too (how many bindweed plants can you find in these photos?) Taking every advantage of the sun and the rain this week. Lawn mown, except for my teeny-tiny wildflower meadow bit which is now producing camassias, but they’ll wait until another week and all the tulip pots moved to the working part of the garden (the Wild Garden) ready for emptying.

So let’s have a look what else is happening this week:

(1) Aubrieta in the walled sunny garden is looking extra good this year. I have a few areas of it but this one is doing the best and creeping down the wall. Maybe it likes the shade it gets from the weeping buddleia? I must try and get some cuttings from it for the Cornish hedge in the Wild Garden.

(2) Ajuga reptans is commonly known as bugle, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, carpet bugleweed, and common bugle.  The ‘reptans‘ in its Latin name is derived from ‘repto’, meaning ‘creeping and I am trying to get it to creep along my woodland border to fill in the gaps. It is slow to grow, but that might be because the baby’s tears loves to cover this area too! At this time of year it has lovely blue flowers. Mine is ‘burgundy glow’  and a lovely colour even when not flowering.

(3) Another woodland border plant is this lovely Primula japonica ‘Apple Blossom’ (Japanese primrose) with shell-pink flowers adorned with a red eye. I should have six of these in the border (and I was hoping for different colours, but they were all the same) so far only this one has reappeared, but it has several flower spikes this year. Unlike the primulas along here, this one disappears completely in winter. They look lovely with ferns and hostas.

(4) Clematis on the fence by the Raised Beds. This was a cheapo one from Asda and is doing very well. The flowers start off quite small but are a decent size now. A montana I imagine. I am leaving it to cover this fence along with a honeysuckle, also from Asda, but will trim accordingly when it is necessary.

and now two unknown plants that are growing in the Cornish hedge. I have been planting cuttings of plants in my garden here mostly, though I did buy some campanula and small Persicaria and last year I scattered a packet of wild flower seeds over it. The only things that grew from that were some pretty red poppies.

(5) So is this a “weed” weed or a “wild flower keep sort of weed”? Anyone know? It looks as if there will be a daisy-like flower any time soon. I am waiting for the flowers to open before I decided whether to keep it or remove it. The stalks are red, hairy and square. I think it might be Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-eye daisy). If it is then I need to do some thinning! 

(6) This one has this feathery foliage which is quite pretty.  Possibly cow parsley or wild carrot or sweet cicely? I haven’t seen any sign of flowers, but then it is hidden by #5

As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ who is being particularly brief today, but where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.

Take care out there!

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Six on Saturday

71 Comments Add yours

  1. The primulas and clematis are gorgeous. I hope the neighbours appreciate your beautiful garden when they look out their windows.

  2. Gosh, your little wildflower meadow is gorgeous! The Ajuga is very appealing with its colourful foliage and flowers. I have not come across that variety of Ajuga before. Your Clematis also caught my eye. It looks lovely against the fence. I have one very small specimen which I’m nurturing.

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the peek into your backyard. I find it amazing you manage to control so much vegetation! I’m particularly impressed with the little wedge of ‘wild meadow’. I’ve always wanted to do that, but I think it would get away from me 😉

    Over the past couple of summers you inspired me to move a few plants and each has thrived in its new location. Such power!! Now I have my sights on a couple more moves 😁

    1. Heyjude says:

      The camassias are starting to flower in that little wedge, I’ll show them on Saturday. It is always so rewarding when you find the right place for a plant. Sadly I have killed a few by not finding it soon enough.

  4. cavershamjj says:

    don’t talk to me about bindweed, a constant battle down the left side of my garden where it probes aggressively from under the fence. neighbour’s garden is overrun with it, a relic of the previous occupant.

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