I am going to cheat a little bit today, because I haven’t been out in the garden today, partly as we were busy with other things and partly as it has just started to rain. It has mostly been a lovely sunny week, so can’t complain. Anyway, here we go with my Six on a Saturday.
There are so many gorgeous roses out right now, with no doubt more to come in the next few weeks. I’ll probably be doing some posts about the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, so if you are interested in roses, do keep a look out. In the meantime, here are two I spotted in Bolton Street Cemetery, where you can find a nationally important heritage rose collection inspired by original graveside plantings. The rambler rose below is one of them I believe. The pink one at the top of the post and also below was planted before 1900.
A new rosemary
You may have seen that I picked up some more herbs on Sunday. One of them was this Gorizia rosemary. It is an upright variety with large, flat leaves. I’m looking forward to see this grow.
I think I may have mentioned that I haven’t had a of luck with basil, though I think the problem has been putting plants outside too early. Anyway, I bought this red Freddy basil, which is such a lovely purple colour with little specks of green. It looks like the temperatures may drop again a bit this week, so will keep it on the kitchen windowsill for few more days.
Still on basil, I put a plant I bought for cooking outside to see what would happen…and it seems to be throwing out new leaves. Let us see!
Country cream marjoram
I picked up this because it looks so beautiful, and oregano family plants are always so useful in the kitchen. Apparently the flowers attract bees and butterflies, which can only be a good thing.
Bee balm bergamot
I really hope this plant flourishes, as apparently it has bright lavender blooms that are edible with a spicy scent and mild sweet flavour. The leaves and blooms contain antiseptic compounds which can be infused as a tea to soothe sore throats and ease cold symptoms. However, it is looking a little sad, perhaps due to being a bit dry (that has been remedied!).
Successes and failures
The lemon thyme is flourishing, and I grabbed a few leaves before the rain started to add to tonight’s dinner. The curry plant though is looking a bit sad, with quite a few brown spots on the leaves. I’ve moved its position and will keep my eye on it.
So that’s it for this week. I look forward to seeing all the other Six on Saturday posts.
Thanks to The Propagator for starting Six on Saturday.
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