I do like magenta pink. But truth be told I think I have too much of it in the garden. Lupins, geraniums, roses, phlox, salvias and more. A re-think is needed. The August garden is a bit patchy but the joy of Six On Saturday is that I get to show you the close up and can gleefully edit out the scruffy surroundings. Here are three magenta joys and a few others to break up the glare!
R. Gertrude Jekyll. I hesitate to show the magenta pink flowers as the colour can look even more garish in a photo. The colour doesn’t look too bad today, the rose is surrounded by astrantia major and Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’. The salvia is a looking a bit scruffy now but the astrantia soliders on.
R. Madame Isaac Pereire. An old rose new to the garden this year, and supplied by occasional sixer Thomas Stone. It’s a repeat flowering old rose and is doing very well in its first year. Thomas recommend it for its ability to soak up the sun in a south facing border. I agree.
This is one of my grown from seed annuals – Malope trifida ‘Vulcan’. If only you could see the chaos surrounding it. This is meant to be a combination of the orange calendula ‘Indian Prince’ and the cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’. All sown a bit late, so only just getting going, all flopping and falling everywhere – really should sow earlier, should sort out some gentle staking, should water more, in fact, should do better! But with selective vision they all look wonderful.
Also in the should do better camp are my nasturtiums in a sink. These are not they. The sink based nasturtiums have given up, gone to seed most likely for lack of water. These are in raised bed, in partial shade and have managed to survive on the rain water that comes their way. They also have more room to trail and all in all this is a much more successful planting space for them.
My other dahlia grown in a pot. I’ve paid these a little more attention, feeding them with seaweed extract more or less once a week. This is dahlia ‘Furka’ one of the cactus group. Which sounds as though I might know what I’m talking about, but no. I am still trying to decide if there is a place for dahlias in this garden, having just spotted some rather lovely bright red ones at Ulting Wick garden in Essex. I have a plan to visit for their next open day especially to see them. But then again, is it more of the same colour palette?
My agapanthus are in full flower now. These are the evergreen variety that I have to fleece up every winter. They are tall, with large flower heads and I grow them in pots. There are currently five pots of them dotted over the patio and they look especially good in the early evening light when the colour seems to intensify. They work very well with my verging on magenta pink pelagoniums.
More delightful colours can be found on Mr P’s site. There you will also find the links to the other SOSers that post from around the world. I’m off to do some thinking, weeding and watering. Enjoy your garden this weekend.