Six on Saturday Saturday

What a start to the day OH fainted behind the bathroom door, worse case scenario for me . Thankfully ambulance men managed to squidge themselves into the very small space, they had come from Axminster to rescue him in Devon, seems we don’t have enough ambulances to go round either. Anyway all is well that ends well and he is snoozing the afternoon away.

May I suggest to all you who venture onto this Blog to pop over to The Propagators blog where hopefully there are no mishaps.


From a previous SOS I said it might have more to offer, still not falling in love with it though. Excuse the washing on line it just shows I do make some time in between gardening.

Upside down Begonia!!

Is it? it’s certainly late and looks very strange, bet I am not alone in this one but the first time in a long gardening history!! Spot the pot yet another gardener who just cannot resist the sale table.

Unknown Snapdragon

Beautiful colour and lasts a long time but very disappointed that no Bumble bees have been able to gain entrance, time to resurrect the old varieties I think!

Pelargonium Apple Blossom Rose bud

Just loves the heat and turns the colour up, it really is this colour no photo shop here.

Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’

Commonly known as the prairie Mallow bought two last year ,only one has grown, the other is just stuck, they were both moved closer to front of border where I have been able to spot them and water! I thought they didn’t mind dry soil but it seems not.

Variegated Sage

The colour is so fresh and the texture of leaf makes this a stand out plant for me,


Our Station Garden in July

Today I am blogging on our Station Garden, initially created in 2014, the garden has grown and matured and this year for the 3rd time in it’s history has come first in the Tarka Station Garden competition.

Myself and six other volunteers alongside our own gardens, keep it looking pretty good, passengers and train crews enjoy seeing it and give us every encouragement to continue doing just this. The garden is primarily Bee, Butterfly & eco friendly with rain water caught from an adjacent building. Yesterday a couple stepped of the train headed for the garden outdoor bench to eat their sandwiches before catching the train on to wherever, such a simple lovely thing to do and keeps me smiling , even when lugging cans of water around.

So to keep it simple I will just title the pictures and you too can take a stroll around.

Bird Bath & Rosa Rhapsody in Blue
Dead Hedge & Nasturtium
Looking South
Enormous Hebe
Herb Planter
Persicaria & Salvia Hot Lips
Lavetera & Bug /Hedgehog Home
Yellow Loosestrife (looking North)
Hip High Planters
Planters Row
Butterfly and Bee friendly
Right Hand side of Bench
Geranium in full flower
Miniature Gardens
Waiting for the Train

Six on Saturday 13/7/19

Houttuynia cordata

I do love this little plant, it hides itself away for winter and then slowly pops up all over the place in late spring. It isn’t difficult to pull the runners out from the middle of other plants but I do think it is best grown in a pot for me anyway.

Orange Hawkweed

Another of those love it or hate it so called weeds or flowers in the wrong place. I love that it seeds itself into my somewhat rustic railway sleepers. such a happy vibrant coloured plant, which is actually protected in some alpine regions. I don’t find it difficult to control but have to be ruthless and pull it out from where it isn’t wanted, just wish it would sow itself on the bit of rough grass adjacent to flower border, obviously not a habitat it enjoys.

Crocosmia Lucifer

Well I would just love to hear your ideas about this weird picture of mine, a dragon or some sort of blood sucking vampire creature with very funny feet?! It just had to have a place in the line up for The Propogators SOS blog where I for one will be popping over to soon and see whats been happening in his and numerous other gardens.

Salvia sclarea var. turkestinaca alba mojito

Another strange plant and no matter where I moved the pot to I never seemed to get a good photo, this is the best of many as despite a cluttered background it does show this unusual Salvia in it’s true light. Sadly they are slug grub so growing them from seed has been a bit of a nightmare. Been kept in large pots and are growing well but tall and spindly, I don’t think they will become a favourite of mine, it seems to have a strange growth pattern so maybe there is more to come!!

Sempervivum (common house leek)

Sempervivum’s just simply get on with it, flower and stop. A few moments of fleeting glory and always a winner with me.

Sedum Spurium Fuldaglut

Utterly lovely all shiny and glowing just like me in this heat!!

South Dartmoor June Walk

Just me a camera, neighbours dog, hot spells broken by the cloud at times, Sasha was very pleased to find water to paddle in and a shady picnic spot.

Rippon tor

Start of walk an easy up and along.

Energetic Sasha(10yrs old now)
Rowan tree and Foxgloves
Creeping Cinquefoil
Which Way Please
Crossing the Ford
Time for a Paddle
Saddle tor & Haytor
Just Looking
Just Waiting!
Tunhill rocks
Picnic spot (Tunhill rocks)
Hazy Widdecombe
Pil Tor
Welcome Party Back at the Car
Another one on the Way

Six on Saturday 29/06/19

Here I am with my SOS it comes around so quickly I always think I am going to get ahead of the game but never really do at least I havn’t missed it all together but I will be keeping it short and sweet. I think ‘The Propagator’ over on his blog is very busy with all his unusual sown from seed plants, why not pop over and see his and others great blogs.

Rosa White Carpet
Salsify Seed head

Not totally perfect difficult to catch one at the right moment there they are then puff they are gone but this one has enough left to be shimmering in the late sun.

Campanula Persicifolia
Campanula Poscharskyana

Is this named correctly the leaves look different and lighter than online examples, breakfast reading tomorrow, no time now I feel like the mad hatter without the tea party.

Lavetera ‘Breden Springs”

Six on Saturday 26/06/19

I was late getting my 6 in last week but I didn’t cheat and stuck to The Propagators rules. this week I am determined to make it on time…only 2 hours to go clock is ticking, note book open, pictures lined up, will I find all the names of course not my notes are very erratic to say the least, so here we go.

Geranium Pratense

It did come with a label as a named variety, I really need to get my book on geraniums out and identify it properly, it deserves that, such a fresh looking, happy go lucky plant, that seems to grow anywhere it is planted. Did get my book out and I think it is G. x oxanianum that will do for me.

Heuchera Disaster

This is the opposite, is this some sort of blight? I had it early in the year on just one plant and put it down to the weather even though I have never seen that happen before. Now here it is again and on several plants just random leaves. I have googled Heuchera diseases but found nothing. At the moment I am just removing and destroying the stricken leaves, I am a fairly organic gardener so don’t like to use sprays but I do wonder exactly what is this.?


This colourful St Johns Wort seeds itself in all the nooks and crannies it will grow in a scraping of soil achieving a height of at least 2ft plus. We once had a cat who’s party trick was to pull the berries of and spit them out, all the while waiting for the words of praise “what a clever pusscat you are” from kitten to an old lady of 14 she waited patiently for Autumn to be the ‘on stage’ again.

Elizabethan pink

The flowers really don’t look real but they are, she is reputed to be from around 1700’s . when I first identified this mystery pink that I was given I couldn’t see it on sale anywhere now it seems to be everywhere, it deserves a place in the halls of fame and seems to have achieved it.

Snap Dragon

No I am not going to use the latin name as a child I loved Snap Dragon still do this one is self sown seedling but comes true every year, the combination of deep red and the silver Stachys tick my boxes.

Bee Bar

Grown from a cutting taken when working in Uncles garden, can you identify it. An evergreen shrub that the bees adore. I have no idea how big it will get but as it is in the middle of a flower bed which will one day be just shrubs, I am hoping it can stay put.

Six on Sunday

I have missed the deadline for several Saturdays and have many excuses for doing so raining, too tired, too busy, no sun, wrong time of day, photo’s rubbish etc etc. At last I have got my act together and this is the best I can muster do you think Mr Propagator with his excellent Six on Saturday will allow me to get away with this??!!


I try to grow mostly bee friendly plants but this little Geranium took my fancy and has been allowed in. Sadly unamed, its very low growing so if anyone knows….

Geum ‘Lady Strathclyde

Even though this flower is starting to go over I find it quite interesting.


Bought this lovely Rock rose a long time ago in France named then as Ben Lewis which I know it isn’t. I must remember to take some cuttings this one has survived for the past 11 years so a real toughie.


Just a self sown seedling I think it should be called ‘Fancy pants’.


This is probably Parahebe Snowcap, flowers twice a year now and again later in summer, very hardy and easy to strike cuttings from.

Geranium Orientalitibeticum

Two for the price of one, another low growing geranium.

Six on Saturday 25/5/19

The weather is lovely at present here in Devon so today’s six were easy to do, nothing challenging like rain or wind, just lovely sunlight. We do need rain though so I am hoping it will happen soon then I can take time out of the garden and have a look at ‘The Propagators’ and Grand master of SOS blog to see what is happening over there.

Veronica ‘Royal Candle’

I am not so sure this really is Royal Candle, it was sold to me as such but the online photos have it looking much darker. It is very much a ground cover plant the spires are about 12-14″ and much loved by bees. I have had it some years now and love the combination of dark flower heads with the light buds just about to open and then it pulls it’s shoulders back and stands straight whatever the weather.

Meconopsis cambrica

Self sows itself everywhere and anywhere always a surprise in store and it keeps going all summer long such a delight even when some plants look bedraggled or frizzled this little chap is forever happy.


I have never tried the eating the root as I cannot bring myself to deprive the bees of this ‘only open mornings’ bee cafe.

Persicaria bistorta superba

Grows alongside the pond, I can’t say the soil is damp but it seems happy and looks somewhat similar to wild orchids.


Just love this Allium such a space saving plant to grow will fit inbetween other plants so easily and fairly sparkles in the sunlight.

Rosa Laura ford

Laura flowers all summer long but as you can see I have the dreaded black spot on most of my roses. I only buy supposed resistant ones but it seems there is no escaping it. quite a compact plant in my garden only reaches 5-6ft and spread about 70cm, my age is showing I can do imperial and metric measurements!!

Six on Saturday 11th May 2019


Such a lovely deep shade of pink, always reliable, the pots stay out all winter and get no care or cover at all, so I am always amazed when this happens, I know they are alpines but our winters are such soggy ones, they do live in a mix of ordinary compost, sand and grit but I never feed so I can only think their nutrients must come from the rain, can you tell I don’t read up too much on plants, mostly these days I just follow my nose!!


I think there is a bit of a purple/mauve theme going on in the garden this week. Everything is looking so fresh and enjoying a drop of rain after a dry spell.


I probably started with one or two named varieties which have since disappeared, now days I have all sorts blown in with the wind and by of nature’s hybridization, A friend called it ‘the march of the granny’s bonnets and I couldn’t agree more, I have far more than is necessary but the bees are loving them.


This little beauty is now marching out of the flower bed and across the gravel, I think this will be a ‘remainer’!!


Could this be be ‘Butterfly blue’ I really don’t know my notebook just says mauve, not really a lot of help but I did look to see if I could name it properly and BB looks very likely!!


My very capable other half made this for me, the string is from a wrecked cat scratching post, holes were drilled in top and bottom cross bars and string threaded through. Suki the cat has a new post once if not twice a year just imagine what she would do to the furniture without! Whoops I digress, the timber he found in his man cave. The day after taking this picture,I came home to find he had patiently tied lengths of green string ready to tie plants into, when I said you have such patience, I would not have wanted to do that, he simply said “that’s why I did it” isn’t he lovely. Have you spotted the mystery use of the Red Nose day spongy thingmebob, I think it was meant to be a finger puppet, they ended up on my tomato canes one year!

Now I wonder what ‘The Propagator’ the founder of Six on Saturday is up to on his blog and all the other bloggers drawn into his wonderful web of sixes on Saturday, I hope you have a look too.

Six On Saturday 27/4/19


It has been so windy out today, not easy to get the plants to stand still but I have managed a Six on Saturday, alas not posted until Sunday ever so slightly late. When you have had a gander why not drop in on The Propagator and if someone can explain to me how I get a link to Mr’ P’s blog I would be very appreciative!! You will also find some interesting and lovely photos from all those he has tempted into this addicitive habit.


Well the label said ‘starts flowering in June’ excuse me but it is only April isn’t it! still only one flower for the moment hopefully they will not all come early.

ERYSIMUM Constant Cheer

It is just that cheerful and totally reliable, seems to go through and end of winter phase looking like it is not long for this world and then suddenly it cheers up.

AURICULA Old Mustard

I love this garden auricula, when the daffodils have gone, it just starts showing off. Garden auricula’s are not everyone’s choice but they remain top of my list.


I should be able to think of a better name for these creations of mine but I just can’t. so this dish has two recognisable plants a tiny variegated leafed Ajuga reptens Burgundy glow, although why burgundy comes into it escapes me. Second is a self sown primula you may also spot a weed. I shall have to do some reading to find the tiny RED LEAFED geranium and the rest, as all the labels have been washed clean, so much for a waterproof pen. A new system may emerge, find the name number the pot and write in my records book, which really needs a re write far to many crossed out names indicating if it was a non survivor of my erratic gardening or killed by weather etc!

p.s. now 3 named Erodium ‘Reichardi White’ one to go!

CORYLUS Te-Terra Red

Hazel was planted in 2009 and is about 15ft so reaching it’s limit, it seems to be purely decorative, the nuts are very decorative but empty. It has been home to a very large caterpillar who’s name escapes me and nearly stripped it bare when it was a juvenile, a hard to spot culprit as it looked like a twig and suspended itself between two small stems, it was of course allowed to live and the tree survived.