Six on Saturday: feeling hot hot hot (17 August 2019)

Well, the garden survived the gusty winds last Saturday. Apart from a few flattened Verbena bonariensis in the front garden, everything else, including the Buddleia, got through the ordeal unscathed. It’s still quite breezy out there though and rather wet.

My past few SoS’s have mainly featured plants of pastelly pink and purplish hue. This time I’ve gone all out hot hot hot colourwise. So put on some sun glasses, add an extra ice cube or three to that rather early/mid-afternoon/evening G & T and set your fan to oscillate.

1. We start with a close up of a Morning Glory (stop smirking). This is ‘Split Second Double’, grown from seed that was free with the Garden News magazine.

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Except I don’t think it is. It looks nothing like the picture on the front of the seed packet and after reading The Pink Wheelbarrow’s SoS last week I think it might be ‘Party Dress’.

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2. Next up is an anonymous Crocosmia that’s in full bloom beneath the standard Buddleia. I usually end up buying some sort of yellowish Crocosmia every time I visit the Taunton Flower Show. Not this year. I resisted, which was probably the right decision as this one could do with splitting when it’s finished flowering.

3. I sowed a few varieties of Zinnia this year but this one doesn’t match any of those shown on the seed packets. It hasn’t developed any further layers of petals and I don’t know whether this particular flower has just gone a bit awry or whether it’s meant to look like this. I’m calling it Zinnia ‘Wagon Wheel’.

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4. Another Zinnia. I think this one might be one of the ‘Whirlygig Mixed’ variety.

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5. This perennial Lobelia Fan ‘Scarlet’ was purchased a few months ago but I only got around to planting it last weekend. The photo below doesn’t really do justice to the full on vivid red of the flowers. Having since read up on these it sounds as though it may not make it through the winter which is a bit disappointing. We shall see.

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6. And finally… This is Dahlia ‘The Comeback Kid’. Grown from a packet of tubers from Wilko, it was very nearly polished off by slugs and snails… twice. After the first attack I dug it up, plonked it in a pot and placed it on the swing seat, out of reach of the slimy so-and-sos. The Dahlia recovered and into the ground it went, briefly, until it was savagely set upon once more. I potted up what was left of the poor thing and placed it on the swing seat for a second time and if I’m honest I didn’t hold out much hope for it. However, ‘The Comeback Kid’ is now the tallest of the three Pompom varieties I have and is a picture of health. I risked putting it back in the ground last weekend and so far so good.

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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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24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: feeling hot hot hot (17 August 2019)

  1. A lot of beautiful things this week Graeme ! My preference goes to your 2 gorgeous zinnias. About lobelia I cut down the stems and add straw to give them a chance to have a new season. It’s been 5 years now that they are growing up in that place.

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  2. You’ve reminded me I have a dahlia needing rescuing, if it isn’t too late. The two tone zinnia is a dazzler, so too The Morning Glory. I grew a blue one this year, first time, started slowly but good now, shall grow it again.

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    1. I think I may try the blue variety next year. I tried growing Moonflowers but most were eaten and the others haven’t done anything. I might give them another go next year.

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  3. I’ve never had much luck with zinnias, yours are lovely, do you sow them direct? Might give them another chance they are so colourful. I am a big fan of the big lobelias, that is a wonderful one. I do love a bit of colour!

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  4. Well done on saving that dahlia and it certainly was worth it, by the look of that sumptuous flower. I’m not familiar with perennial lobelia, in fact I don’t recall ever seeing it for sale here. I would like to have some, though!

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    1. The Lobelia was a bargain from the plant man in Taunton. Perhaps less of a bargain if it snuffs it over the winter! I’m going to try Fred’s tip of covering it with straw.

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  5. That Dahlia has some guts! My munched ones have given up completely, and one has completely rotted away so I don’t hold out much hope for them surviving the wet winter unless I dig them up and can I be bothered? My two Lobelia made it through the winter, but I don’t get a lot of frost. I do get a lot of the wet stuff though. I used Strulch as a mulch last autumn though it didn’t do much in the way of keeping slugs away.

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    1. I’m not sure I can be bothered digging up the dahlias either. Maybe I’ll feel differently come the first frosts. We shall see!

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    1. Thank you. The morning glory has improved as the plant has become established. Initially the flowers were very tatty looking.

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    1. Just read your SoS but for some reason couldn’t leave a comment. You have some great hyacinths. I’m glad you can finally grow them and appreciate their scent. There are so many colours to choose from too!

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    1. I tried moonflowers this year as well morning glory but after a really promising start as seedlings they’ve either all died or not done anything. Pity.

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  6. Between you & Pink Wheelbarrow, I may yet become a morning glory fan. That is so spectacular, it would certainly spruce up a wall or fence. The wagon wheel zinnia is certainly interesting (in a pretty way) & the whirlygig mix one looks very blanket flower-ish so yes, hot hot hot. Glad the Come Back Kid is not only back in the ground but blooming. What a lovely dahlia he is.

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    1. Quite a few people on Twitter have warned me that Morning Glory will take over the garden which is surprising. It does look a bit like bind weed though thinking about it. Oh dear…

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  7. Its amazing how high one has to place plants…good on you for saving this Dahlia. Love your philosophy regarding seeds and plants that don’t quite live up to the description, put that aside they are jolly good plants.

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