Good afternoon. I’m afraid I’ve been absent, even by my own infrequent standards, from the Six on Saturday throng for a month or so, but my absenteeism is due to an honest lack of time rather than lack of intent. Despite most of this week’s weather inducing a superlative laden series of headlines from the media, and a variety of imaginative expletives from the population at large, today is wet.
- Here’s a photo of a Canna Lily appreciating some well-earned rainfall:
Most of this post’s photos are from earlier in the week, but here’s another one I took today, hunched over at the end of the garden with my coat pulled up over my head and camera; a Quasimodo-esque figure to catch the eye of any neighbours who happened to be looking out of the window at that point.
2. The photo in question is of Adlumia fungosa:
It’s a climbing biennial, and a close relative of Corydalis and Dicentra: if I had taken the picture from a better angle, you’d be able to see the similarity of the flowers to those of Dicentras.
3. Next up is a picture of some ants and aphids. It proved rather difficult to get an in focus picture of these creatures, so here is my best effort:
You may or may not be aware that ants ‘farm’ aphids: shepherding (aphiding?) them to the best spots, defending them against predators and stroking them with their antennae for reasons that evade me. A rather fine specimen of Sollya heterophylla ‘Pink Charmer’ we have growing on the patio, has a fair number of aphids and ants on it and I find them too fascinating to get rid of. The plant itself is a free-flowering climber. Originating in Australia, as it does, I wasn’t sure whether it would be hardy or not but it came through last winter well enough, albeit in a sheltered position.
4. 5. and 6. Here’s a few photos of the Morning Glory I have growing up the whitewashed wall of next door’s outhouse. Firstly, an unopened flower on one of those rather warm, balmy evenings we’ve been having. Secondly, the following morning, when the flower has opened up. Finally, I left my spade and fork standing in the border, about a foot and a half away from the wall. Two days later, they’ve been acquisition by the Morning Glory and I’m not sure to what end. I’m hoping it’s just an innocent mistake on the behalf of the plant rather than the start of some sort of phyto-dictatorship. Only time will tell.
Do pop over to The Propagator to have a look at some other Six on Saturday posts. See you soon.