Today dawned clear and sunny, a lovely surprise after the cold and overcast weather of the past week. The lowest temperature was 3 degrees C, with daytime temperatures in the upper teens. Despite these cold conditions there are patches of colour through the front garden, and these will be the focus of this week’s Six on Saturday, kindly hosted by the Propagator.
First off, another Salvia, the Bethel sage Salvia involucrata ‘Bethelli’. The flowers are clustered at the end of the branch, and are a beautiful pink colour. I bought it as a well established bush, and it is doing well.
2. The pink Dombeya calanthe bush is nowhere near as vigorous as the white flowering one, but this year it has produced a number of cluster of its dusky pink flowers. I have noticed too that while the white Dombeya is an incredible bee magnet, the pink one hardly has any bees visiting it.
3. The hanging baskets suspended from the new pergola are starting to fill out nicely. I have Calibrachoa, petunia, and violas in them.
4. The pots of Jonquils Narcissus jonquilla I planted up have started to flower. This year I chose a Jonquil bulb mix, and have a nice variety of flowers, mainly white singles and doubles, and a beautiful bright yellow one.
5. The marigolds I rescued from the veggie garden and transplanted into pots, have finally died. While out buying some potting soil on Thursday I saw this lovely punnet of bright Chrysanthemum plants, Chrysanthemum x grandiflorum ‘Swifty’. These will be ideal marigold replacements as these Chrysanthemum have been bred specifically for small garden spaces and should be ideal for the containers.
6. The Jammy Mouth Ruttya fruticose is at the uppermost corner of the garden, and although the bush itself looks very ordinary during the year, it is pretty spectacular now. The unusual bright red and black flowers draw attention to themselves because of their colour and characteristic shape.
Wishing you all a wonderful gardening week, and don’t forget to pop over to the Propagator’s site for links to other gardeners Sixes!