This is my first time joining this weekly posting of six photographs from the garden. I have seen it regularly on a number of other blogger’s posts but hadn’t felt inclined to participate but, why not!
Phymosea umbellata, native to central and southern America. It’s a member of the mallow family. We grow it in a pot so we can take it into the glasshouse for the winter as it needs protection from frost. A wonderful colour and it is often called the cranberry mallow. Lilium macliniae – This lily was discovered by the plant hunter, Frank Kingdon-Ward in Manipur in 1946. He described it as the most wonderful sight he had ever experienced in all his plant collecting days and named the lily for his wife, Jean. My Six on Saturday are dominated this week, purely by the coincidence of their flowering, by orchids in the garden. This is Ophrys apifera, the Bee Orchid, which is native to Ireland thought this particular plant came to me from a friend in Normandy where they grow like weeds, he tells me, around his garden. I visited a site last week where there were 300 – 400 of these in flower – a huge excitement! Epipactis ‘Sabine’, a hybrid between a native Irish orchid, Epipactis palustris, the Marsh Orchid, and a North American orchid, Epipactis gigantea, The Giant (or Stream) Orchid. It is a very hardy and good grower in the garden, spreads well in a damp spot and is very attractive. Another native Irish orchid, the Common Spotted Orchis, Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii, but a cause of great excitement for me as it seems to be a seedling in my garden. I have had a few plants of this orchid in the garden for a number of years but this one appeared this year a distance from the others. A good news story for me! Dactylorhiza cultivars with primulas. I was nervous of growing orchids in the garden for years until a friend gave me a clump some years back and they thrived here. Since then I have grown several other with equal success – no more bother than the likes of Japanese primulas.