It’s festival season. Mr Carrot has taken the Little Weeds to see a show at the Brighton Fringe. I’m taking my mum to see a literary talk at the Charleston Festival for her birthday. And earlier this week my mum and I enjoyed a wonderful day at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden is looking pretty festive too as it dons its summer time glad rags and starts to party. Joining in with the Master of Ceremonies, The Propagator, here are my Six on Saturday.
1. Fruity pansies – I bought these from our local garden centre where they were on special offer. They are called simply ‘Lemon’ and ‘Raspberry’ and I think they look quite fetching in the crumbling old urn that came with the garden.
2. Poisonous beauty – this Aconitum was here when we moved in but was hidden under the laurel that used to grow here and didn’t come up properly. Now it has plenty of light it is looking stunning, although of course ‘Monkshood’ is extremely toxic so I need to keep an eye On Littlest Weed around it.
3. Madame Alfred Carrière – this is one of my all time favourite roses and I very nearly killed this specimen after buying it two years ago and keeping it in a pot for far too long, but she seems to be much happier now that she is established under our East-facing fence.
4. Iris ‘Indian Chief’ – or should that be ‘Native American Leader’? We saw lots of beautiful irises at Chelsea and brown irises such as Kent Pride are still proving really popular. I like the way this Iris faded from purple to pinky brown. Please forgive the weeds in the background.
5. Mystery climber – can anyone help to identify this plant which bushes out around our pergola? I think it is a Clematis but this is the first time I have noticed its flowers properly, perhaps because last year the grapevine had gone wild by this time.
6. Strawberry fountain – Littlest Weed and I planted this strawberry fountain for a guest blog I wrote last year and it has come up again nicely. Looking forward to some nice, juicy homegrown strawberries this summer.
Don’t forget to find out what other SOS-ers are up to chez Monsieur Prop.