Six on Saturday 30/07/2022

Happy Six on Saturday everyone! At our end of the country in the UK, on the Hampshire coast, we have not had rain for many weeks. I was very excited recently, when in Chichester, there was a wonderful, refreshing down pour. Sadly when I returned home – just 11 miles down the road, it was still bone dry. With a hosepipe ban on the horizon, I’m becoming quite adept at decanting the washing up water into a watering can. This is also were my new acquired moisture meter is invaluable – it helps only water containers that really need it.

Quickly moving on, without anymore writing, here are six photos of what is in the garden today.

1. Second flush Roses – Clockwise: Aromatique, Chandos Beauty, Gentle Hermione

2. Eryngium ‘Big Blue’

3. Gladioli and geraniums (Names unknown)

4. Caryopteris ‘Heavenly Blue’ and Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’

5. Calla lily ‘Red socks’ and Begonia ‘Rosebud’

6. Cyclamen – Really…and it’s only July!

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. The Prop is having a break this week so we have been left to our own devices.

Six on Saturday 9 July 2022

Phew, it’s hot!! I’m not made for really hot weather so really struggling with the heat and like most plants in need of lots of water.

In the same vein as The Propagator, no photos from home this week. Instead I am using my daughter’s front garden, where I am staying this weekend.

My eldest has inherited a love of gardening which makes me happy. She works so hard, juggling a pressured job, along with home and family. Gardening is an all important release. Here is my Six on Saturday from Somerset.

1. The Flower Yard

This is her ‘Go to Book’! The front garden is full of planting schemes from this excellent book. I think I might buy a copy, there are some great ideas

2. Lady of Shallot rose

This beautiful rose is one of four Lady of Shallot bushes forming a hedge down the side of the front garden.

3. Dahlias

Planted in large terracotta pits up against the front of the house the dahlias from left to right: dahlia cactus mixed (with a rogue cosmos) grown from seed, Mystic Illusion and Totally Tangerine. There is also Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’ being grown from seed.

4. Shady border

A variety of ferns, hellebores and hardy geraniums are beginning to fill out the shady border in front of the wall.

5. Sweet peas Matucana

This impressive display of sweet pea ‘Matucana’ have been grown over the last couple of years from seeds collected from previous years. The wigwam support is homemade by wrapping leaves from the bamboos growing in the back garden.

6. Rose and salvia

Finally, a quick visit to the back garden, where the very pretty ‘Kew Gardens’ rose and deep purple salvia ‘Amistad’ grow in neighbouring pots under the veranda.

This afternoon we visited Yeo Valley organic garden watch this space for lots of photos!

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.