Six on Saturday 28/05/2022

Fingers crossed I’m now completely over Covid – it knocked me for six. The fatigue after finally testing negative on day 12 is still something else! Slowly I am getting through the day without that awful post-operative feeling by mid afternoon.

Only a few more days to 1st June and the garden has really come to life now. I am never sure if it’s ‘here are my Six on Saturday’ or ‘here is my Six on Saturday’ – anyway here we go….

One: Meet ‘Mr Fokker‘. I was beginning to think I would never see this anemone flower, it was proflic in producing leaves. So delighted at last to see the deep blue flowers.

Mr Fokker anemone

Two: I have had this pretty Lewisia for a couple of years. It survives the winter in a container tucked up against the house wall. Now it has started to flower, I have moved it to the front of the pots to show off its delicate punk shades.

Three: Don’t you love self-seeds? Especially when it’s a pretty white Foxglove. This has appeared exactly in the right place in the border, as if by magic. I particularly like this white one, as so often it is the purple that goes everywhere.

Foxglove ‘Alba’

Four: Last year I had a packet of Stipa tenuissima also known as ‘Mexican Grass’ and ‘Pony Tails’. I managed to grow 8 plants which are scattered around the garden. This year they look like proper grasses. Three are on the edge of the drive and I have planted a couple of Echinacea (also from seed) in between. They are very small at the moment but given time they should look good with the grasses.

Stipa Tennuissima – Pony Tail grass

Five: Three years ago I planted a small, rather sickly, Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ and now it is a substantial perennial, getting larger each year and is covered in buds. I love this plant, the more you pull up for the house, the more they flower.

Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer

Six: Another good value plant is Sisyrinchium. My allotment garden is full of it, so I pulled up several and replanted them in the garden here. It can be invasive but it will fill in the gaps.

Sisyrinchium

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting this weekly meme. Please hop over to his blog and peer over the garden fence at the other contributions.

Friday Flowers

I was given a garden voucher for my 70th birthday last year and bought a rose. Not just any rose – I bought Gentle Hermione, an English shrub rose, from the rose grower David Austin.

It grows just outside my south facing patio doors and basks in sunshine most of the day. David Austin describes the fragrance as “a strong, warm myrrh fragrance”, it reminds me of Ponds Cold Cream. At the moment it is filling my lounge with the most delicious perfume.

If you are looking to buy just one beautiful rose, Gentle Hermione is a great choice.