Six on Saturday – A Glorious Garden – May 25, 2019

I’ve never seen the KnockOut roses or my Jackmani clematis so full of blooms. It seems just weeks ago I was despairing about the garden. The only note of despair at this point it the germination of all those damned maple helicopters. Oh, and the mosquitoes have arrived. But as I sit on my little garden stool, pulling maple seedlings, I have lovely things to look at.

Yesterday I transplanted the cleome seedlings that were coming up in the gravel driveway. Some years the mother plants are more behaved and most of the seedlings are in the flower bed and just require thinning. By the time I got to the end of the bed the ones I transplanted at the beginning were looking wilty. It was windy which didn’t help but I reminded myself that these particular transplants always look terrible and then catch on and do fine.

Here are my six.

  1. The yellow mullein that I raised from seed a year ago is blooming. These are a biennal and were worth the wait. I am hoping for some self-seeding behavior. The interior of the flower looks like an insect with its nose in the flower and its legs hanging out the back.

2. In a nearby bed a lone hollyhock (also raised from seed) is getting ready to bloom. The rust that seems to overtake any hollyhock I have ever tried to grow is still at bay. Last year a sister of this hollyhock succumbed before it ever developed buds. I am hoping for blooms on this plant before that happens. And just next to it the rose campion are opening up. I always have a few of these in the garden as they self-seed. The original seeds were brought from my Harford County garden twelve years ago and are a favorite of mine. I love the grey-green foliage and the magenta flowers.

3.  The sundrops I also brought from my Harford county garden are just starting to bloom. They don’t last long, but are a welcome bright spot in the spring garden. Here’s what google said about them: “Oenothera fruticosa, commonly called sundrops or southern sundrop, is an erect, day-flowering member of the evening primrose family. This native typically grows 15-30” tall and produces terminal clusters of bright yellow four-petaled flowers on stems clad with lanceolate green leaves.” I didn’t know they were in the evening primrose family. I learned something.

4.  The Jackmani clematis has never had this many blooms and buds before. I wish I knew why so I could make it happen again next summer.

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5. I always forget about these alliums. I don’t remember what cultivar they are, but they provide some spiky interest after the Martha Hitchcock azalea has finished flowering. This photo reminds me that I need to thin the epimedium and the hellebores in this bed. The benefit of everything smashed together is fewer maple seedlings.

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6.  And finally more KnockOut roses with a lavender in front of the pink one. I don’t know who developed these roses but I am a huge fan. They are trouble free and bloom until frost. No lovely rose fragrance, but maybe the rosarians are working on that.

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This is the time of year when I love walking through my garden in the early evening with a glass of wine. I am so happy to share my Six on Saturday with all the readers of this meme, started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – A Glorious Garden – May 25, 2019

  1. I’m very fond of that evening primrose, not seen it before but looks like a great habit and lovely coloured flowers. Your clematis is also a wonderful colour. Glad to hear, and see, that everything is doing so well.

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  2. Both the rose & the clematis are really full of pizzazz! After getting all confused by the term ‘rose campion’, I did a web search & realised that this was one of the very few plants (only?) I’ve known solely by its Latin name. I do love them, but the way they spread . . . nearly as bad as valerian. Still, very pretty. You must have the patience of Job, pulling up not only maple seedlings, but transplanting rose campion volunteers.

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    • My rose campion self-seeds but not wildly. Certainly not like the blasted maples. I’ve spent the week pulling them and before I started one of the gardens was beginning to look like an episode of Life After Humans.

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  3. When we were in school, we learned all of those sorts of clematis as cultivars of Clematis X jackmanii. Nowadays, they are known simply by their cultivar names. It is not so easy to keep them all straight.

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      • I believe that the majority of the many that are available now were developed only in the past few decades. There really were not many when we were in school in the late 1980s. There were likely only a few cultivars in the 1960s, and yours could be the original Clematis X jackmanii.

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