Six On Saturday — July 3

Hello from the Pacific Northwest, where we experienced record-breaking high temperatures last week. I can practically hear all my plants breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the weather has returned to normal. There was some damage including scalded leaves and shriveled sweet peas, but everything seems to have survived.

I’m reuniting with gardeners worldwide, led by The Propagator, posting six things happening on our plot of land this week.

ONE – It’s fava bean time! The first harvest was delicious. Shelling, blanching, and popping the beans out of their skins takes time, but their deliciousness is worth the effort.

TWO – A few days ago, our first dahlia of the year opened. Hundreds more blooms are on the way, but the first is always special. This is a confusing dahlia, because all the tubers I planted in this particular bed close to this color were Senior’s Hope, but this is a collarette and Senior’s Hope isn’t. Oh well, it’s pretty. When I search for bright pink collarette dahlias, I’ve yet to find a match for these, but the closest is Bloomquist Sweet. UPDATE in August – Senior’s Hope tubers bloomed later and were beautiful!

THREE, FOUR, FIVE, and SIX – Peonies overlapped nicely with roses, then the heat hit! The roses went bonkers. As it’s year three in the rose garden, it’s definitely time for leaping. Throughout Coppertop gardens there are additional roses, but in the new rose garden , there are 20 bushes, 17 of which are David Austin roses. ALL 20 are blooming at once. Trios of Golden Celebration, Princess Anne, Munstead Wood, Gertrude Jekyll, and Lady Emma Hamilton form huge swaths of color and fragrance. Singles of Evelyn and Jude the Obscure mingle with floribundas Connie’s Sandstorm and Pumpkin Patch. One climber, an Iceberg, graces the obelisk. I can’t spend enough time enjoying all the beauty and making bouquets for the home and for friends.

31 thoughts on “Six On Saturday — July 3

  1. Love your rose garden, the perfume must be delightful! Your dahlia is rather gorgeous too. We have seen your high temperatures on our news here in the UK, hope everything is back to normal now and that you and your plants can breathe again.

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  2. You have an impressive number of roses in bloom at the same time: it’s beautiful.!
    I’m also pleasantly surprised to see so many flowers in your garden despite the heat wave. What was your maximum temperature at home?

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  3. That weather was epic! Even by our standards, it was warm. The difference is that our landscapes are outfitted with automated irrigation, and those who dislike such warmth use air conditioning. I remember that such irrigation is not the norm in the Pacific Northwest, and air conditioning has likely been unnecessary.

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      • Well, I would guess that it was much worse there, since those who live there are not accustomed to it, and were not set up for it. When it gets that warm here, it does not seem so unnatural, and there is not much humidity. Those who dislike such warmth use air conditioning. I think I would prefer warm summers to cool winters. I should be in Silverdale and Poulsbo this winter, so may get a few opportunities to complain about the weather there. I know it does not get very cold on the Puget Sound, but it is likely cooler than it is here, and likely stays that way longer.

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  4. Oh what’s not to love? Gorgeous roses with beautiful leaves and no sign of black spot! Lucky you. The dahlia is lovely – I am waiting on a similar one to bloom. I really like the dark foliage. And a very Happy Birthday to your husband!


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