Six on Saturday (8 June 2019)

Be careful what you wish for. Last weekend I wished for rain to replenish two empty water butts. And rain it has, filling the water butts, topping up the small wildlife pond and giving the garden a much needed soak. But that’s enough now. I don’t need anymore for a little while thank you. I’ve got grass to cut, things to plant and some outdoor shelves to put up. Thankfully I took some photos earlier in the week as Friday proved a complete wash out (though I did venture out to take this one).

Some plants are rather prone to getting flattened in the rain (the oxe-eye daisies and a linaria have required some emergency support) and a few, like Mrs Bradshaw, are leaning drunkenly to one side. However, they’re still standing (yeah, yeah yeah). But it was all too much for one former star of the garden, which leads me rather sadly to my first Six on Saturday.

1. When I pulled up onto the drive after work on Thursday evening it was evident that all was not well in the front garden. There had been a casualty. The white foxglove that featured in a SoS a few weeks ago was lying face first across the flower bed, snapped off at the base.

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All this wet and occasionally windy weather appears to have proved too much for it (though if we receive an electricity and gas bill within the next few weeks I may suspect the meter reading man of foul play). Alas, there’ll be no offspring from this one which is a shame. However in the back the pink foxgloves are now flowering away nicely.

2. This rogue sweet pea was a pleasant surprise. Self sown from last year’s batch, it’s growing up through through the viburnum in the bed next to the pot containing this year’s sweet peas. Those in the pot have yet to show any signs of buds.

3. The Sweet Williams are in full flower. I grew some from seed last year but got a bit panicky a few months ago when I couldn’t find them. A garden without Sweet Williams wasn’t an option so a tray of emergency replacement plants was purchased.

However, I needn’t have worried. My own plants have appeared. I must sow next year’s batch soon.

4. As well as sowing more Sweet Williams I really need to get around to planting some of the dahlias, cosmos and other plants that are occupying the swing seat and the patio (well, what’s left of it). I just need to pull up the rest of the forget-me-nots and a few of the Californian poppies to create a bit of space. The pink dandelion plants (Crepis Rubra), grown from seed a few months ago, are bursting to get out their pot. The leaves look extremely dandelion like and I have a feeling I’m going to end up pulling them up thinking they’re weeds. Plant labels may need to be deployed.

5. Last week’s mystery plant was identified by some knowledgeable planty folk as Phuopsis stylosa. Another mystery plant has started flowering. I’ve tried the PlantNet app and I think it might be rapeseed, presumably brought in by a bird. It’s rather pretty.

6. And finally… The new Gertrude Jekyll rose that was purchased in January as a bare root plant is finally flowering. Cue one or three closes ups…

I’m growing her as a climber, though at the moment she’s only a few feet high.

I’m hoping in time that I’ll be able to train her towards the blue shed where we’ll be able to enjoy her strong rosy scent more easily. That’s the plan anyway.

Unfortunately she’s rather close to a bird feeder and required a makeover prior to her photo shoot in order to dislodge a few sunflower hearts from her blooms. What was that? You’d like to see her from another angle? Oh okay then, here’s one more…

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.

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32 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (8 June 2019)

    1. I’ve spotted another comment about the spreading nature of rapeseed. Looking at it rather warily now! I’ll see if it attracts any bees and keep it a little longer if so. Otherwise I’ll get shot of it.

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  1. At least you could have finished by wishing for sunshine after your effect on the weather last week!! Lovely 🌹, from any angle. I haven’t tried Sweet William – another one for next year! Pretty Six-on-Saturday.

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  2. Your post this week is full of my sort of treats: Crepis Rubra. I look forward to seeing what these look like in flower. If I like they are similar to Crepis Incana which I buy as a small plant, maybe you would recommend where you got the seed from. I can just smell that Gertrude Jekyll such a great rose! Your sweet williams are fab..but do check out the Dianthus in one of my pics this week: https://noellemace.blogspot.com/2019/06/six-on-saturday-8-june-2019.html

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    1. Just read your SoS. The Dianthus is a stunner! The Crepis rubra seed were bought from Chiltern Seeds.

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  3. Ok for the rapeseed flower. I also had one in my garden, probably self-seeded by the wind.
    Nice photo featured: the mix of flowers and this overview is very nice.
    Sweet Williams flowers start here ( your two tones with red is pretty!)

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    1. My late father in law was was a big fan of Sweet Williams and I was reintroduced to them by my wife. They add a welcome splash of colour. I find it tricky taking a picture of a small garden as there aren’t that many different views to show!

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  4. Gertrude deserves all that attention, she is quite beautiful! Sorry about your nice white foxglove, it is annoying when that happens. You don’t think she was pushed by one of the other, jealous of her beauty, foxgloves? Hope you managed to get out and about today, think we have more rain on the way, we will be dodging showers all week. Agree with you about sweet williams, they are indeed sweet! Looking forward to seeing the crepis in flower, I was sorely tempted to get some, but somehow resisted!

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    1. Alas I was at work this morning (rather reluctantly). I’m curious to see how the pink dandelions do. At the moment I’m thinking they’re going to look like dandelions, only pink! I’m worried they may also be just as prolific as they grew slightly too easily from seed. We shall see…

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  5. My nice white foxglove also collapsed. Shame but soon I’ll be able to plant something else. Love your rose, my gj is also flowering. She has some growing to do this year, she is rather overwhelmed by the poppies atm.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your white foxglove. I’m not sure why it took me so long to discover GJ.

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  6. I do love a good song in a post, sometimes it’s so easy! GJ is a winner with a glorious scent. All looking very colourful in the garden. I still need a little more rain but at least we had some!

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    1. Been lovely and sunny here this morning but more rain is on its way apparently, late this afternoon!

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  7. I’d been eyeing the pink dandelion myself, but wasn’t sure for the reasons you stated, so will be interested to hear your experience. I let the yellow ones here bloom for the pollinators, thinking I’ll keep up w/deadheading them, but there’s no way to outrun a dandelion. Love your sweet william & rose, of course. Maybe the foxglove”ll send up another spike – sometimes they do. As to the rapeseed, if you like it, then let it bloom & deadhead it. Like I do w/my yellow dandelions. 😉

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    1. I nearly pulled up the rapeseed plant this morning but didn’t. Deadheading it should be fine. I must admit I tend to dig up dandelions in the lawn but only because we live opposite a green that is covered in the things and I figure the pollinators can go there! I’ll keep you posted about the pink variety.

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  8. I think Sweet William is one of my earliest memories plantwise, though I’ve never grown any. Perhaps I’ll put them on my list for next summer in the cutting garden (used to be the vegetable garden, but I’ve given up on that). Your Gertrude I’d a picture of perfection with all her frills. Sorry about the foxglove: it was perfect too. Awful to wait so long for something to flower, and then have the flowers amputated.

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    1. I’m relieved I didn’t break the foxglove! Yesterday I managed to stand on or break a few plants whilst clearing and planting. Sweet William appear to be a bit of a childhood plant. They’re great for a cottage garden look.

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      1. Heehee… never garden wearing flipflops! I tripped over in mine yesterday and put my hand down on some just about to flower white salvias! Oh, well, I took cuttings and hopefully the ones in the ground will simply grow more bushy!!

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      2. I garden in my old shoes with the backs folded down (too lazy to put them on properly most of the time). I almost come a cropper frequently!

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  9. I grew Sweet Williams for the first time since I was about 5 years old (A very long time ago…) as pot toppers for tulips. The tulips finished weeks ago, but the SW are flowering now and look lovely. Can I rescue seed from them to sow for next year? I am not so good about the biennial plants, never know when to plant and when they will flower! I also have GJ but stupidly planted her where I cannot smell her as I wanted to train her up a fence. I think I need to dig her out and relocate!

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    1. I’ve never tried collecting seed and always grow from a packet of seed. I’m sure I end up with more plants than I sow which would suggest they do seed themselves a bit. I sow towards the end of the month (if I’m organised, though more often than not it’s mid July). I plant them out in September.

      GJ isn’t that easy to get to in our garden either! If she gets bigger she should make it to to the shed (though at the moment it seems rather unlikely). After all this rain she’s looking rather bedraggled and is covered in sunflower hearts!

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