Six on Saturday: And relax…

July was completely manic. My daughters turned 9 and 11 and enjoyed extended birthday celebrations organised by yours truly. The end of the school term reached epic levels of parental involvement with my oldest saying goodbye to primary school and my youngest leaving reception. And to end the month I spent a day serving cream teas to veteran guides (a long story). I hardly got out in the garden at all, at least not to do much actual gardening.

I have celebrated the start of August by getting reacquainted with our overgrown late summer garden, planting up a small fernery and tidying our front garden raised beds which were smothered with bindweed.

And so to this week’s six, joining in with The Propagator who invites us to share half a dozen snapshots from our weekend garden.

1. The fernery

This is rather a grand name for a small, tear-dropped shape raised brick bed under an apple tree which I have never quite known what to do with. I have planted a Dicksonia antarctica and am intrigued to know whether it will grow into a giant tree fern in my lifetime. Also a Dryopteris ‘Crispa Cristata’, a Polystichum and an Asplenium scolopendrium which has seen better days.

2. Dinner-plate dahlia

My mother-in-law gave me some dahlia tubers from Tesco to plant last year which I duly did. They weren’t up to much in their first season but this year one of them has produced the largest flower head I’ve seen outside of a sunflower.

3. White and orange

I’m loving the contrast between this pure white rose and fiery orange Crocosmia in our herbaceous border. I can’t claim the credit – they were both here when I arrived although I have carefully pruned the rose and not so carefully pulled out clumps of the Montbretia over the last three years (to no avail it is a complete thug!)

4. Hibiscus syriacus

I never tire of the beautiful blue of our Hibiscus. Nor it seems does the bee in the second photo which was writhing around in ecstasy in its flower cup.

5. Anemone x hybrida

While I’m not a huge fan of the pink Japanese anemone I love the white variety and am pleased that a couple of clumps of it have now taken off in our front garden.

6. My dad

It was lovely to spend yesterday afternoon in the company of my dad as we don’t often get to spend time together alone. I brought a chair out to the front garden and he earned his keep pulling out clumps of bindweed.

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  1. I need your dad to come and pull up some of my bindweed, I will give him tea and cake! Love the hibiscus, beautiful colour. πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ˜‚ thank you – I’ll let him know!

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  2. Jim Stephens says:

    I believe Tree ferns grow about an inch a year but they make a sort of false trunk of matted leaf stalks about three feet tall much quicker, 5-7 years. By which time it could be 8-10 feet wide. You can always move them though, it could become a family heirloom.

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    1. Yes I think I will have to move it eventually. I’m sure my kids will be delighted if I bequest them a tree fern!

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  3. fredgardener says:

    I would say 10-15 years to get a honorable tree fern. The mix with the 3 others is nice and the apple tree will give them shade I guess. Nice Six and always a pleasure to have the help of ours parents. Enjoy

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  4. I’ve given up on my tree fern. Shrivelled in the heat but my Asplenium and Dryopteris are fabulous. Yours will fill out in no time.

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  5. Your fern border is very sweet – all cool and shady. The hibiscus is a lovely colour. I’d written off trying to grow one as it probably gets too cold here, but you’re tempting me to give it a try.

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  6. I will join the queue for asking your Dad to remove my bindweed! Tea and cakes here, too. Lovely photos of your colourful plants.

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  7. Lora Hughes says:

    July is not the month to ignore the garden, isI got a chuckle out of how much you’d done in the first day of August! Only a gardener would say they’d not done much except 37,000 chores plus roping in Dad to help. And a tree fern is a great bequest! The fernery is lovely & that dahlai! Just wow. I also prefer the white to pink anemones. Great colour in that hibiscus.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Tasmanian tree ferns that were planted in Golden Gate Park shortly after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 are not very big at all. They have fat trunks, but are quite short. Only a few that are in shaded situations are more than ten feet tall. Many are about six feet tall. Most are shorter. The Australian tree ferns are much bigger, but even they seem to get to a certain height and stop growing vertically. Tasmanian tree ferns tend to develop a trunk rather quickly, but then gain height slowly. They are quite tough, and are excellent foliage plants.

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