For the past six months I have been working full-time to help out but from this week onwards I am back to my usual part-time hours so have been making the most of this extra time in the garden enjoying the summer sunshine. Here are some of my favourite flower photos for you from the last few days…
1. Cactus Dahlia ‘Cotton Candy’: The tuber for this dahlia was purchased in a pack of three from Aldi for less than £1.50 back in March and I grew these in pots in the greenhouse until the weather was warmer. Rather disappointingly the two other plants currently do not seem to have produced any buds but hopefully they will catch up soon. I like this flower but there is a but as explained next ………
2. Dahlias ‘Totally Tangerine’ and ‘Grandalia Dark Red’: After seeing all your wonderful dahlia photos on social media recently I felt a tiny bit jealous. Okay, I hold my hands up I was extremely jealous so went out a bought these two dahlias. Enough said!
3. Fuchsia unknown: Originally used in a hanging basket I transplanted this fuchsia in the garden a few years ago hoping the plant would survive the winters. It is thriving!
4. Hollyhocks: These pop up annually all over the garden and I have no idea of the variety but as the pink shades change each year the plants are possibly cross-pollinating and happily doing their own thing.
5. Alpine ‘Rosy dewplant’: This evergreen succulent plant (Lampranthus roseus from the label if you prefer) was planted back in April on a small rough patch of ground at the base of the gatepost and the flowers are now making the area much brighter.
6. Sunflower ‘Russian Giant’: Grown from seed this is the first Russian to bloom in the garden. The height is approximately 1.5 meters so the plant probably will not be winning any competitions but this is a solid effort. Dasvidanya!
Have a great weekend and I look forward to reading about all your gardens!
The Propagator created Six on Saturday and he is a great bloke. Follow his blog at The Propagator and on Twitter @cavershamjj and these gives guidance on how to join in on a Saturday. It is fun, friendly and gardeners of all abilities from around the world post photos of six plants from their gardens so do not feel shy!