There is no doubt about it. This has been a tough year. But there are always some cheering sights among the wilting, stressed and sometimes dead plants. The tithonias have reached five foot and the flowers are coming thick and fast. All grown from tiny seeds. Here are some others:
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Cat’. These have such lovely velvet petals. The deep wine colour is fab too.
Antirrhinum majus ‘White Giant’. Not quite so giant as I imagined but these were really teeny tiny seeds to start with so I am glad they have got this far. I thought I would be planting them in the middle of the border to give some tall white spikes but when the time came it was obvious that they wouldn’t be able to fight their way through geranium ‘Brookside’ so they were planted along the edges of the path.
Echinops Globe Thistle. An experiment in having something different in the border. Much loved by blackfly but in truth, so far, not much loved by me. I will see how they go, perhaps I’ll like them more when they turn bluer. I think I got my plants mixed up and really meant to sow eryngium!
Sweet peas: Midnight Blue, by far and away the most successful of my sweet peas. The very lovely Gwendoline, Black Knight and Anniversary are in a shadier spot and are not happy! Only two of the Anniversary seeds germinated. I’ll try them again next year but I will have to find a better site for them.
Not from any seed that I sowed but doing a great job of extending the border colour are these echinacea purpurea. They work well with the self seeded verbena behind and they might be good self seeders themselves. Apparently they don’t like drought but so far so good.
Lastly a dahlia mystery. I bought six dahlia tubers at the same from the same place. All labelled Thomas Edison. They are beginning to open up and I realise I have two varieties. Now I think about there was one pot that seemed less vigorous than the others. The colour is much darker than comes across here. How interesting!
Still not a drop of rain here, to see how other gardens are fairing take a trip to The Propagator for all the links to many, many lovely #SixOnSaturday posts. Happy gardening.