Six on Saturday 31/8/19

At last here I am once more and rather envious of all the Propagators hard work in his garden, if I knew how to get a link on here to his Blog I would add it in. I just seem to be chasing my tail along very large slugs that the Hedgehogs decline to eat and I am not surprised! However I have managed to fill our brown bin before each due date with some of ‘ the not wanted in my compost bins” waste. So without further comment here are my SOS.


Much loved by the bees and me for it’s sweet smell.


Why blackberries, well they are not mine but they are in my garden. I have about 15metres if not more hanging over the 5ft fence almost to the ground, they grow on the embankment and invite themselves in much to my delight and my neigbours and daughter who of course get a share.

Indigo cherry drops

Bizarrely this tomato starts of really black then as in the one fruit at top of the truss turns red as it ripens, I wasn’t expecting that.

Rosa Laura Ford

Lovely rose, normally flowers all summer but is now looking very sad and sorry for herself, I think these will be the last two blooms until next year when I hope she recovers . I do try to stay as bee butterfly friendly as I can so am a great fan of single roses so Harlequin is coming out to be replaced by a plant that will thrive on neglect, which may be evening primrose I am starting to think of the moths at night now.

Allium senescens subspecies.glaucum

Thank you friend who kept the label of her plant whilst I misplaced mine. A plant that is native to Siberia & Mongolia so it should survive whatever the weather. Neat and low growing at the moment. Waited for ages to open its buds which formed ages ago, suddenly it’s getting going but only one or two flowers for the moment, still the bee is happy.

Alnus incata

I expect I have shown this in a previous SOS but then it has something to offer all through the year. My husbands uncle thought we were mad doing a 60 mile round trip to Teignmouth but he soon came to enjoy sitting under it’s shade and laughing about it. It was a decent size sapling reduced by 50% to just £15 in 2009 a real snip and I only wanted one more tree, a very understanding husband made this possible and a trailer.

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.