|Cosmos atrosanguineus - can you smell chocolate?|
|Ipomoea purpurea Grandpa Ott with Petunia 'Easy Wave' and Fuchsia 'Climbing Lady Boothby'|
|Shakespeare Planter in front of the Octagon|
Talking of looking succulent, yesterday I planted a whole display of succulents in the Kew Collection of pots. This eminently practical collection of mostly quite small pots shows off part of my extensive but for the most part unnamed collection of succulents rather well, I think.
|The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Collection, filled with succulents|
These plants will take a LOT of neglect but they were looking a bit sad in last year's pots in the greenhouse so I was glad to have the chance to pot them on. They will soon start to flesh out, and until they do I have used pebbles and grit in toning or contrasting colours to dress the compost. This has the added advantage of keeping the drainage sharp around the necks of the succulents.
|A mulch of pebbles complements Aeonium decorum 'Sunburst' and what I think is Sedum pachyphytum|
|Large Rose Sawfly on Francis E Lester|
By the way, a Japanese friend (and expert on many gardening matters) thinks the rose is 'Francis E. Lester' and after looking it up in several places I'm inclined to agree with her.
On Monday I pulled out a large patch of Phuopsis stylosa which was marching across the path, much to the delight of one of our resident dunnocks. This neat little brown and grey bird scuttled about in its usual mouse-like way, gathering up the tiny insects which had been exposed. I am very fond of our dunnocks: like the blackbirds and robins, they follow our activities very closely but much more discreetly, and are very happy when John gets a new delivery of straw for the packing shed. They usually nest somewhere in the garden, sometimes in the box topiary, and have a surprisingly sweet song.
|Scuttling dunnock plus weeds - notice that some of them are cowslips, I scatter their seed deliberately every year.|
|In the stockyard this week - note the self-seeded Euphorbia.|
The pot on the left is a Jekyll pot from the RHS Collection.
I'm leaving you for now because I need a decent night's sleep before another day of planting (but not weeding). Back with more ramblings next week...