Six on Saturday: a riot of colour (18 May 2019)

At this time of year the front garden tends to be a riot of colour. It gets less attention than the back, mainly because I only tend to tackle it when I think the neighbours are out (I’m not the most sociable of souls!) The neighbour’s revamped their section last year, borrowing our curvy theme, and so now it all sort of merges into one long bed.

I’m re-doing our planting scheme a bit this year (when the neighbours are out of course) as come mid June a lot of the plants start to get frazzled in the heat. Earlier in the spring a buddleja buzz was moved from the back garden to the front, some new sun loving lavenders were planted and I have a few Stipa grasses from that free garden nursery up in Wales ready to go in; only there isn’t room for them yet. The theme in the front at the moment is barely contained chaos, but I rather like it. And it’s in the front garden where you’ll find my first SoS …

1. Sea pinks or thrift remind me of the Isles of Scilly and in particular the island of Bryher. I really need to split these later in the year as I fancy having a few in the back garden.


2. Behind the sea pinks is a Californian poppy.

It seeded itself last year and featured in a Rhyming Six on Saturday. Back then it looked like this.

It was definitely more yellow than orange. This year it’s full on orange (although the photo below has given it a yellow tinge that isn’t there in reality). I’ve long suspected something funny was going on with the yellow Californian poppies. I’d always assumed they’d died and that the orange ones were more just successful. But now I’m thinking the yellow ones revert to orange as time goes on. Very odd.

3. Next up, more irises! They tend to be a bit of an eyesore when they go over but at the moment they’re the stars of the garden.


This white one is almost feather like.

They also look rather nice reflected in one of my new budget widowesque mirrors too.

4. However, a few of the Purple Sensation alliums have now opened fully and are giving the irises a bit of competition in the old beauty stakes. I’ve never had much luck with alliums before but this new batch appear to be doing okay in the newly gravel enriched border.

5. Next up, a mash up of the white of the iris and the purple of the allium: a white perennial cornflower, possibly Centaurea montana ‘Purple Heart’, originally propagated by my mum from one of my sister’s plants. I’ve planted these a fair old distance from the blue variety which have leanings towards world domination and are pulled up on a regular basis. I seem to have three of the white plants now so it could be that they’re just as prolific. Time will tell.

6. And finally… No, not the hibiscus (still a leafless twig I’m afraid, though I did dream it had sprouted leaves the other night). It’s another ranunculus and a seductive looking one at that, almost poke-your-eye-out-should-come-with-a-health-warning-kind-of-sexy.

And it looks just as good when it’s retiring for the night.

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


16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: a riot of colour (18 May 2019)

    1. The CPs usually survive into the following year but they can get rather big. I must admit I prefer the yellow ones but I’m coming to accept that the orange ones are here to stay. They seed themselves everywhere. There are a red variety too but I’ve never had any luck growing them from seed.


  1. What a really, really, pretty cornflower! I need to try the perennial ones. I think I did plant seeds this year, but nothing, or they were the mysteries I threw out.
    I love your pink sea thrift, a much paler pink than all of mine, which are quite bright, more fuchsia. And nearly done already.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ve tried growing annual cornflowers this year. I don’t usually have much luck with them but this year I actually have a few seedlings!


  2. Californian poppies don’t work here. But you gave me an idea to sow seeds directly into the gravel. Thank you!
    Pretty colors in your Six: the white iris is unusual here because everyone has blue ones .
    Nice cornflower too ! I have sown others recently and I’m waiting for the flowers.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Gravel seems to be a good growing medium for a lot of plants that I struggle to grow from seed in compost! Hope your flowers arrive soon.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Been a long time since I went to Bryher but I do remember the thrift growing there, carpets of it in the most exposed places. Quite a range of colours when you look closely too, even the occasional white one. I also have orange CP’s, all that remains from a multicolored seed mix years ago.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ll have to look out for a packet of seeds of the yellow CP variety and try again. Luckily I don’t mind a bit of orange. We’re well overdue another visit to the Isles of Scilly. Maybe next year.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s