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.

Poppy
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”
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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.?

Hypericum

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??!!

Geranium

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.

Helianthimum

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.

Nigella

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

Parahebe

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.

Salsify

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.

Allium

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

RHODOHYPOXIS

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!!

PHLOX SUBULATA

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.

AQUILEGIA

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.

GRANNY’S BONNET

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

SCABIOUS

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!!

TOMATO SUPPORT

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

COMFREY

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.

CENTAUREA

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.

DISH GARDEN

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.


Six on Saturday 13/4/19

Here we are my 6 for this Saturday, sunshine and a cold wind but good gardening weather…it’s dry hooray. Do please pop over to Mr Propagators Six on Saturday he has some lovely tulips shining away.

Garden Auricula

I just love these plants whatever the weather does they never let me down. No named varieties I just collect them from various plant stalls fetes fairs etc when I see one I am not growing I just have to have it as they don’t appear very often.

Geum coccineum ‘Koi’

Described as a Dwarf plant 10 x 10″ yes I am old enough to still work in inches but then so do the growers!! It flowered all last summer despite the heat and drought conditions.

Yellow Archangel

This comes closest to Lamium galeobdolon ‘Hermans Pride’ in my research but the leaf is not as variegated so perhaps it is a poorer relation, whatever it is I am happy to have it.

Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’

A lovely column of colour which fitted into my garden perfectly. In spring this wonderful splash of red which label calls orange!, very tiny yellow flowers in summer followed by red berries . I think it has reached it has now reached it’s maximum height of 4ft.

Paeonia ‘bowl of beautyPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So happy to see this shooting up as I stood on it last year and broke half of it off consequently it had only one flower, maybe I will get two this year, fingers crossed. this is a plant I wanted for years when I did get one it never flowered and died in a hard winter or did I stand on that one as well!!

Sedum

Probably ‘Spectabile’ but right now it is pretending to be the jewel in the crown, not rained but just Devon mist collected overnight, you can see why this plant is such a survivor.