Six On Saturday: Pop, pop, pop!

As usual just as the garden got going I headed off to Suffolk for a week. I emptied out the greenhouse and soaked everything as best I could. But the week turned out cooler than forecast and on my return I could breathe a sigh of relief and give a smile of delight. The warmer temperatures that followed the rain had done its work. The garden had popped.

One

These lillies were in bud as I left.  They’ve definitely popped and now flood this corner of the garden with their beautiful scent.  They’ve been growing in this pot for many years now, when I remember they get fed but otherwise they are left to their own devices.  Thankfully no sign of lilly beetle yet.

Two

The lavender is sparkling in the sunshine today.  Last year I needed to replace a French lavender that didn’t over winter.  I picked up a  ‘Hidcote’ but then changed my mind and bought a ‘Munstead’ and I am enjoying the softer colour.

Three

The knautia macedonica have burst forth and are humming with bees.  They are just at the stage when I can cope with dead heading them – cutting out the first flowering middle stem is easy but a week on and I will be lost in a sea of new blooms and seed heads.

Four

The hydrangeas that suffered so much last year have fought back and look rather stately against the backdrop of the sage mound.  I think they will suffer today if temperatures reach predicted heights.

Five

Penstemon ‘Plum Jerkum’ has joined the gang, a lovely deep colour.

Six

These are the trays of annuals that I have left to plant out.  That’s my gardening job for the weekend but I will save it for tomorrow when the heat is less intense.  I have cleome, zinnia, a few nicotiana and other assorted bits and pieces.  They are going to fill the gaps where the agastache and pennisetum villosum didn’t over winter.  I also have dead heading of roses and picking of sweet peas to do – sounds like a perfect summer.

Mr P , host of this meme, shares his six wonders and the comments section gives the links to other posts from around the world.  Worth a look when it all gets too much in the sun!

27 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Pop, pop, pop!

  1. It’s all looking gorgeous in your garden and the colour of the Penstemon is so rich. The Red Devils were so bad last year in my garden that I decided I’d get rid of my Lilies (all in pots to give them a chance against SnS) but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. However, there’s a plague of the beasts this year and the Lilies are definitely going. I pick off and squish dozens of beetles but have still missed some of the grubs.

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  2. Always exciting to have plants to plant, so long as you can find a place to fit them in! My hydrangea is flowering for the first time this year, the flowers are too heavy for the stems, they are all on the floor! Not the effect I was hoping for…

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  3. Love those lilies in that particular pot & the idea of scenting a whole corner, I’d just love that, but the red beetle, you know. Hope it stays away from you for the duration. Hope you got your planting done. The dead heading will never end, so I’ll not mention it.

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  4. Those lilies are awesome. I grew a few this year, only because a neighbor shared some spares. I was impressed by their performance, since I did not put much effort into growing them. Yet, they were not as impressive as yours.

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