Six on Saturday (4 August 2018)

I think the lack of rain had made me go a bit funny when I wrote my rhyming Six on Saturday last week. Thankfully it rained quite a bit last Saturday. My water supplies have been replenished, the ground received a fairly good soaking and there have been quite a few overcast days to give the plants a chance to perk up a bit (though the front lawn isn’t looking any better yet). Anyway, let’s get on with my Six on Saturday.

1. A cheap clematis from Morrisons purchased earlier in the summer has just flowered. I’ve actually managed to find the label (which took some hunting) and it’s Daniel Deroda. When we first moved here I spent a day or two digging up one side of the patio to make an extra bed. However, I’d had enough by the time I got to the other side of the patio. So I planted up two plastic troughs with passion flowers to grow up the fence, behind the swing seat, hoping that they’d fill the trellis and provide a bit of privacy.

I was never that keen on the troughs and after six years the passion flowers were looking very sorry for themselves. So this spring I took up two paving slabs and armed with my pickaxe (which hasn’t seen much action since that first year) dug a hole, added some compost and plonked in the passion flowers. As luck would have it there was space for another climber. My phone’s camera isn’t really capturing the deep purplyness of the clematis. It’s true colour can just about be seen to the far right of the flower’s petals.

2. These cyclamen rather took me by surprise, I wasn’t expecting them to be up yet. My mother-in-law originally give us a few plants three or four years ago and they’re slowly beginning to spread around the garden.

3. More free seeds from the Garden News magazine. These are dwarf sweet peas growing in a pot with the yellow marigolds that were one of my Six on Saturday a few weeks ago (and still going strong).

They have a lovely scent and I’d definitely grow them again.

4. Remember the glimpse of the Buddleia a few SoS’s ago? Well, it’s in full flower now. It started off as a seedling from the buddleia that we inherited when we moved here and I grew it as a standard to try and maximise space and provide a bit of height in the corner of the garden near the house.

I wonder if I should have let the trunk get a bit taller before encouraging the branches, but there we go. It gets pruned right back to the top of the trunk each spring which leaves it looking a little bare for a time. However, it’s surprising how quickly the new branches shoot up, though they are a little prone to damage in strong winds. I usually deadhead it to get a second flush of flowers and to discourage more seedlings. Ironically I don’t think if I’ve ever seen a butterfly on this butterfly bush, though it’s popular with moths in the evening.

5. All of our herbs were originally growing in the bed in front of the little greenhouse. But I decided to put them all in pots in the spring and they appear to be doing well. The flowers on this oregano are tiny and not in the least bit showy. Yet the bees love it.

As does this funny little moth. We have a lot of these in the garden. Does anyone know what they are?

6. And finally, some more pictures of Linaria Maroccana ‘Fairy Lights Mixed’ (as featured in my last SoS). I’m a bit obsessed with these at the moment.

The flowers are small but I can’t get over how intricate they are. They’re a species of toadflax, the common yellow form of which (Linaria vulgaris) is threatening to take over the front garden. This species seems a ‘tidier’ plant and I’m hoping it won’t be quite so much of a thug if it does self seed.

And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (4 August 2018)

    1. Googled ‘little brown moth garden’ (other search englines are available) and I think it may be a mint moth. It’s not listed in my Collins Butterflies and Moths book for some reason.

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      1. Here we go! I searched with my App and found 2 possibilities : Pyrausta purpuralis or Pyrausta aurata ( mint moth as you said). One is purple and the other rather gold. However they aren’t common and you were lucky to see it.

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      2. Thanks for that. Looking at the pictures I reckon it’s the purple one. I didn’t realise it wasn’t very common.

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    1. I went out to look at the clematis earlier and calamity has struck. The flower has wilted in the sun. No signs of it reviving either after a good watering. Most annoyed.

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    1. We have two, a Davidii (I think) and a buzz (that hasn’t done so well this summer). They seem to get a bit of a press these days but I like them. I’m puzzled by the lack of butterflies on them though.

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  1. Love the pretty dainty Linaria and the dwarf sweet peas, I didn’t know you could get those. I might give them a go next year. As for the moth, it looks very pretty, but I have no idea as to its name!

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    1. After a bit of research I think the moth is a mint moth. I’d never heard of dwarf sweet peas before. Haven’t tried picking them yet. I’m not sure their stems will be long enough for a bud vase!

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