My Little Garden 3rd July 2021

This week I acquired my first electric car. After deliberating the pros and cons over the last couple of months, I took the plunge and am now the proud owner of a snazzy little VW ID.3. The only connection this has to gardening is that it’s first decent outing was to RHS Bridgewater (who, by the way, have six charge points should you need them).

Bridgewater is a delightful garden, and was great to see what was blooming at the beginning of July. The queue for the cafe was as bad as on my previous visits so picnics are advisable unless you are prepared for a long wait for your view from the terrace.

The plant shop is well stocked and the prices are comparable with other local garden centres. I had a look around but didn’t buy on this occasion. (A rare event when let loose in the vicinity of botanical goodies!)

Back home after my visit, I took the camera into the garden for this week’s photos.

1.Geraniums

I annoyed a good friend this week by posting various photos on my Facebook page of the geraniums (which she detests) flowering in my garden. I don’t understand what there is to dislike about a perennial that comes in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colours, but we agree to disagree.

The header photo is Geranium ‘’Red Admiral’ but I also wanted to show you ‘Ann Folkhard’ which has a similar colour but very different habit. The flowers just snake around in a border whether it be through a shrub or entangling themselves with other perennials. Here it is with Salvia ‘Ostfriesland’.

2. Bee Friendly

Back in April I sowed some ‘Bee Friendly’ seed mix from Higgledy Garden. I was sowing into large rectangular containers and perhaps was a tad overzealous with the amount. The result is a sea of Phacelia, which the bees love, but everything else is desperately trying to battle through.

Interestingly, Phacelia was been used as a green manure in one part of RHSBridgewater. It was buzzing!

3. Clematis

This is Clematis ‘Remembrance’ which happily remembers to flower very prolifically for me every year. Its going to have a rival for fence space next year as I’m growing Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’ nearby.

4. Lavender

A bit of an overdue inclusion in the Six on Saturday club.

5. Nicotiana

I visited a new (to me) nursery a few weeks ago, just to have a look round and I couldn’t leave without buying something could I….

I tried to grow these from seed last year, but they were a bit of a failure and a tray of six healthy little plants was a real bargain.

6. Buds

Now this shot isn’t the most exciting, but the flower bud is. Echinacea ‘Green Envy’ I can’t wait to see your flowers.

Well, that’s a few of the highlights from #mylittlegarden in the first week of July. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend in the garden and special good wishes to a twitter friend who’s in hospital for an operation today.

If you want to find out what’s happening elsewhere around the gardening world, take a look at the blog of The Propagator (aka the boss of Six on Saturday). And as always there are many more excellent photos on twitter under the hashtag#SixonSaturday

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/

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Garden designer, photographer and blogger

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