It’s been very warm here, and very dry and sunny, although we had a day of rain on Tuesday that filled up the rain barrels. The garden is mostly happy. Thoughts go out to everyone in Europe whose gardens are bracing for or enduring an extraordinary heat wave, wild fires, or both. Six on Saturday is a gardening meme hosted by Jon, The Propagator, who invites us to show six things happening in our gardens. Lots of things have been popping open again this week, and there are a few other delights…
First up is this tropical plant commonly known as Mother of Thousands. It’s a type of Kalanchoe – specifically Kalanchoe daigremontiana, native to Madagascar. A friend gave me three small slips late last winter, saying she didn’t know what they were; at the time they didn’t have the distinctive leaves with baby plants coming from them. It’s a really attractive succulent, it’s loving being outdoors this summer, but it will likely not last past the fall since it’s highly poisonous and our cats have developed a taste for house plants.
Next is another tropical plant, Tithonia, or Mexican Hat Plant. I started seeds from two packets in early winter and they’ve just started to bloom. I had two seed sources and I seem to have two slightly different flower shapes. (Their colour really is the same – the sun is just making the one on the left look orange.) These plants are, thankfully, drought tolerant and can get up to six feet (about two metres) tall – mine are, so far, about four feet high. I’m intrigued by the deeply lobed leaf shape…
Next are two annuals I’ve grown before, albeit different varieties. First is the Nasturtium ‘Queen of India.’ Direct sowed into a raised kitchen garden bed on May 22, they started blooming last Sunday.
I grew one type of strawflower (Xerochrysum bracteatum) last year, ‘Silvery Rose,’ saved some of those seeds and purchased two additional varieties, both multi-coloured, but one short and one tall. They’re both starting to bloom now:
I have two Clematis growing up one tutoir, the red Texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ and the purple Viticella ‘Etoile Violette.’ I think they look pretty good together!
Finally, another drought tolerant flower, Agastache ‘Licorice Blue.’ It seems to be a short lived perennial in my garden, coming back from the same plant for three years but not this year. It does self-seed quite freely; however, so it’s been popping up here and there (easy enough to pull up if not wanted), and I shook some seeds in a spot by the driveway two years ago that’s looking quite nice now, despite no water provided by me.
I’m off dragon boating this morning (our club is on the water again after a two year Covid hiatus – so wonderful!!), to be followed by a longish run – hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay cool!