Six on Saturday: plant purchases (3 August 2019)

My wife and I did our annual visit to the Taunton Flower Show yesterday. For two days at the beginning of August Vivary Park is taken over by stalls and marquees selling all manner of plants, tools, metal, wooden and glass sculptures and ornaments, ride-on-mowers, sheds, food and drink, garden furniture and hats. A marquee houses all manner of prize winning vegetables, flowers, cakes and strange crafty themed creations (we rarely agree with the judges and I mutter about the epic cake wastage). And marching bands, death defying bike acrobatics, falcons and sheep herding dogs entertain everyone in the Arena.

Visiting the Flower Show is always rather dangerous as it coincides with pay day and inevitably the odd plant or garden related item is acquired. By weird coincidence we came back with six purchases this time… though alas not the sempervium encrusted K-9. It wasn’t for sale.

1. First up is Aster frikartii ‘Jungfrau’. I’ve been intending to get an Aster for years now but for some reason just never got round to it. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.

2. Next up is Agastache ‘Blackadder’, Blackaaaader, de dum de dum de duuum. While we were walking around the ‘Plant Village’ I kept an eye on which plants were popular with bees and hover flies. This one was covered with bumble bees. The leaves are supposed to have an aniseed scent though I’ve struggled to detect it. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.

3. This rather lovely Allium ‘Millenium’ was a big hit with the local wildlife as soon as we got home. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.

4. My wife spotted this one. It’s an alpine, Lewisia cotyledon Sunset. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.

5. Now this plant seemed really popular with the honey bees. It’s Verbena hastata rosea. I’d never heard of it before and it’s very different to Verbena bonariensis form-wise with mini spires of beautiful pale pink flowers. What was that? No, I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.

6. And finally… Though I spend a lot of time cursing snails in the garden there is something oddly appealing about the way they look. I spotted this in the craft tent and decided it would be the perfect addition to the garden. What’s more I know exactly where it’s going to go!

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


25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: plant purchases (3 August 2019)

  1. At least you have something to see for your money and will give you seasons of pleasure rather than paying bills! Enjoy your lovely purchases.

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    1. Yes, I think a plant shuffle might be required. I’ve spotted a few gaps though there’s bound to be a reason for them – bulbs probably.

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    1. Thanks for the warning. I’ve just spotted a similar warning in the comments. ‘Accidental’ breakages eh?!


  2. Beautiful colours of all your purchases. I love your wife’s alpine choice. I will have to look out for one of those. I think you might need to move garden fence outwards overnight so your neighbours don’t notice!

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    1. That’s a cunning plan! I could extend the garden on both sides. We seemed to end up going for purples and pinks without realising it until we were carrying them home.

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    1. I’ll have to take a look at the roots when I’m planting it. It’s a bit similar to another allium that’s flowering at the moment (I lost the label years a go) only bigger.


  3. I will also send out a warning for the agastache, lost mine last winter too. But the bees loved it all summer. Take cuttings. The flower show sounds fantastic and I would have bought every one of your purchases too! I love your planting arrangement in the first photo – Of course you will find that space somewhere to plant them.

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    1. Thanks for the advice about taking cuttings. I’ll give it a go. It would a pity to lose the agastache. There’s always room for one more plant – well that’s what I keep telling myself.


  4. Do you really need that gravel path to be that wide? Plenty of room there for plants. I love the alpine & the snail, but I’m also interested in verbena hastata. Mr P featured it recently & it just looks fabulous – & hopefully it won’t take over the garden like verbena B tends to do (altho I love that too). Good luck w/all your purchases!

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    1. Alas I do to allow my wife to easily manoeuvre her bike to and from the blue shed (although I am quietly allowing some plants to ‘soften’ the edges). I’m not sure why it’s taken me long to get a verbena hastata. A few more are definitely required.

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