Monday, 19 September 2016

August lily time.

I am afraid I have let things in the garden get very much out of hand this year, the main reason has been some of the atrocious weather we have been having, we have not experienced a full 7 days of rain-free warm sunshine throughout the whole summer. The other thing is that my 91 year old mother fell and broke her hip and due to complications is still in hospital over 10 weeks later, those of you who have had to do it will know how disruptive long term hospital visiting can be.

Heptacodium miconioides
At the bottom of the back steps Heptacodium miconioides, a relative of the honeysuckle, contrasts well with the dark leaves of the Cotinus.   

Abutilon hybrids.
I quite like these Abutilon hybrids although the flowers are sometimes difficult to view, the leaf shape is interesting and although classed as HHP they are easy to raise from seed as annuals as these were.

Begonia basket
 This is one of two identical containers which was left out last winter, both the begonias and the fuchsia, which has few flowers due to lack of attention, came through the winter and lived to bloom another year.

Main border
A view away from the house down the main border. I am always short of border colour at this time of the year so added a few dahlias with mixed results. They were all started in pots in the porch but probably didn't get enough light which, combined with the poor weather when they were planted out, has caused them to flower very late.

Dahlia 'Café au Lait'
Two things about this dahlia, I had no idea the flowers are so big and secondly until I Googled it after I had bought it I also had no idea that it is currently so popular but I do have to say I quite like it.

 Not Dahlia 'Mel's Orange Marmalade'
Purchased as 'Mel's Orange Marmalade' I don't think this one could be more opposite.

Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
Here is a thug being put to good use, Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' can be rampant especially in a damp spot but here it grows slowly in dry shade with the little yellow flowers lighting up a dull corner. Notice the mildew on the berberis it is there every year.

Gentiana tibetica
 Here is one for the bin, the flowers opened just once this year on an exceptionally sunny day and to be quite honest the plant didn't look all that different the flowers being a rather insipid greenish white.
Hydrangea aspera 'Villosa Group'
You see many specimens of Hydrangea aspera 'Villosa Group' in Scotland where it is very popular. Mine has come into its own in the third year from planting after the flowers were hit by frost last year. ideal for a woodland setting but does not like to dry out.  
August was the month for lilies and the healthy ones never fail to please.

August container group.

Lilium 'Anastasia' and Meconopsis walachii.

Looking past 'Anastasia' to Lilium Honeymoon in the background.

Lilium 'Honeymoon' with Lysimachia ephemerum in the foreground.

Chelone obliqua
Chelone obliqua this turtlehead adds some colour to the autumn woodland, the plant is very tough and could become invasive in a spot that really suited it.

Strobilanthes wallichii
Strobilanthes wallichii sometimes known as the Kashmir acanthus is a very hardy Himalayan plant which adds late colour to the garden.

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

 Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima' may be a "thug" but it does light up a corner of the woodland, and as you have probably noticed most of the plants I grow have to be tough.

Rosa omeiensis pteracantha
Here's one you don't see every day, Rosa omeiensis pteracantha, sometimes known as the Barbed Wire Rose, is a Chinese import from Himalayan conditions this wild rose carries these exceptional, brightly coloured thorns on the new growth.
Front view.
Growing Cannas for the fist time I am quite pleased with the results, these are not tall growing varieties and have achieved what I wanted. The Surfinas also have done surprisingly well. 
Canna 'Cannova' F1

It would seem that I have been describing and suffering from too many pests and diseases this year.

Lily virus
Time for the bin.
The pictures above show Lily virus, it could be Lily symptomless virus, mosaic virus or even Tulip breaking virus take your pick, all of which are spread by aphids. There could even be a touch of Botrytis in there! Solution bin or burn.