Six on Saturday 14 May 2022

I missed last week’s Six on Saturday, after being struck down with Covid. I dodged it for two years so it was only a matter of time. Day 10 was yesterday and although feeling very much better I still tested positive, but I understand this can the the case for up to 3 weeks, although no longer being infectious. A truly nasty virus if you are not lucky enough to be asymptomatic.

We are STILL in need of a good drenching of rain, everything is so dry. There was a little a few days ago which only dampened the soil and dried out very quickly in the sunshine. This morning is a glorious mid-May day with a definate summer feel to it, which brings me to my first SoS.

1. Who said “Blue and green should never be seen without a colour in between”? What rubbish this is when you see a lush green tree with a backdrop of magnificent blue sky.

2. A couple of years ago, a neighbour planted a small, rather sad looking Arum Lily into a corner of our flowerbed at the front. It survives the winter, has taken over a corner and produces lots of flowers larger than my hand. I love it!

3. I have three roses covered with buds in containers on my patio (everyone needs roses) and the first to fully flower is the aptly named ‘Aromatique’. I posted this yesterday as a Friday Flower and within 24 hours it has developed into this fabulous cluster of petals. There are two beautiful buds on the ‘Chandos Beauty’ full of promise.

Chandos Beauty

4. The pansies, called ‘Pink Shades’ I planted in my hanging basket smile cheerily when I step out of my patio doors. More lilac shades than pink in my opinion.

5. A late spring/early summer stalwart are alliums. They are providing colour to the front border and lift the eye up from the dying foliage of the spring bulbs.

6. Last, but by no means least, are the ‘Leucanthemums’. Guaranteed to spread all over the place if not kept in check, but will flower now continuously until the autumn.

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.

Six on Saturday – 30 April 2022

No rain for what feels like weeks, days that fluctuate from 18C down to 3C at night and tomorrow is the 1st of May. If we can’t decide what’s going on with the weather, it’s amazing how the plants manage!

My Six on Saturday this week is all about colour in the garden. I am very lucky, my ground floor apartment faces our beautiful herbaceous and shrub borders, tended by residents (me included) who miss not having our own gardens. The second photo is the view from my patio.

1. This is our front garden. Bursting with Erysimums around the Monteray Cyprus, most of the daffodils are now over and the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is clashing perfectly with the Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’. The tulips, Amber Glow and Attila Grafitti, are still standing tall and strong. Alkanet bringing its piercing blue to the part is being allowed to spread for a little longer.

2. Here is a true pot of cheerfulness. There are a few container around the edge of the drive, usually filled with bedding plants such as violas and bellis. When I potted up this one I hadn’t taken on board the colour match, but although many might find it garish, I rather like it.

3. I did say this SoS was about colour! This vibrant primula is holding its own despite being a tasty treat to the local snails.

4. Last year I transplanted this pretty Sweet William (Dianthus) from a patio pot into the bed along the hedge. It is growing happily and weathered the winter. It doesn’t get a lot of sun and brightens up the shady border.

5. Cerinthe is one of my top 10 garden plants. Yes, it does spread like wildfire if you don’t keep it in check but it is very resiliant and provides great colour. I first came across it many years ago when visiting an open garden. It was grown as a low hedge on the edge of a garden path. It wasn’t happy in my Worthing garden but clearly is at home here on the Hampshire coast.

6. We have a deep border down the side of the front drive which has never had a planting plan. Various donations and plants from the sick bay at garden centres have been added over the past few years and are still being shoehorned in. Whilst still mainly green (and that is still a colour) it is full of promise with Agapanthus, Alliums, Salvia ‘Amistad’ and Altromeria ‘Indian Summer’. We do have other plant that don’t start with the letter ‘A’ 😂.

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.