Six on Saturday (16 May 2020)

It’s been a funny old week weatherwise. Many of the young plants that I’d started hardening off were returned to the mini greenhouse, along with the emerging dahlias, when near freezing temperatures were forecast. The troublesome Zinnia seedlings were given preferential treatment and were brought into the conservatory for added protection from the slimy ones. In the end we escaped a frost but as it’s been so chilly and blustery most days the youngsters have stayed under cover. The Zinnias appear to be thriving now they’re living a cushy life indoors; I have my suspicions they’re sleeping on the sofa at night, though I have no proof. Right, time for the first of this week’s Six on Saturday.

1. This delicate looking fragrant beauty, Lily of the Valley, originally came from so-and-so who acquired some from what’s-their-face. I’ve recently learnt it’s poisonous if eaten. A lot of plants are, but I’m glad I got shot of the edible wild garlic that used to grow nearby as the leaves look quite similar.

2. The Californian Poppies seed themselves here there and everywhere. Most seem to end up orange. However, a few yellow ones have returned in the front garden this year. The flowers close up early in the evening and unfurl again in the morning, even when brought indoors as cut flowers, and last several days.

3. Ah, Gertrude Jekyll. I’m growing Gerty as a climbing rose. This is her second year in the garden and she’s about a metre high now. I moved her in February so that her fragrant flowers could be more easily appreciated near the blue shed.

4. Last week I promised more Dutch Iris and here they are. I suspect a few will crop up in later SoSs.

5. A few weekends ago I had a big tidy up of the border that I refer to as the wildlife area. The tiny pond is based here but it’s also where the more rampant plants like the Crocosmia, Red Campion, Ragged Robin, Vinca/Periwinkle and Honesty live. The Honesty, a show earlier in the spring, had finished flowering and was beginning to flop all over the place. I pulled up some of it to give the other plants a bit of breathing space. However, I’ve left a few for the seed heads, which are just as pretty now as they will be later in the year when they turn into silvery paper disks.

6. And finally… The new Harlow Carr rose tree has started to flower. More fragrant blooms to inhale and at a far more sensible height than the Lily of the Valley.

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


22 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (16 May 2020)

  1. With a month difference on mine, your Lily of the Valley is in bloom now and it’s very pretty.
    By cons I note that your Californian poppies are already all in bloom while mine don’t yet have a flower bud.
    Very nice mix of your yellow and blue Dutch Irises: you did well to post the photo…!

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  2. Your Californian Poppies are a ray of sunshine that I’d love to have in my garden, but alas, many attempts over the years always result in failure.

    Lovely too, to be able to see your roses in bloom, and the Dutch Iris are fabulous – what beautiful vibrant colour.

    That’s a clever shot of the Honesty seed heads, you’ve caught the light shining through and highlighting the seeds. Nice.

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    1. Thank you, I was photographing something else at the time and noticed the Honesty seed heads by accident.

      The Californian poppies tend to grow like weeds here since I sowed some seed several years ago. Now I can’t grow a Welsh poppy to save my life – they refuse to take up residence!

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  3. I was gifted some honesty seeds, which did grow, but I am not sure the transplanted seedlings survived. I forget where I planted them, put I don’t see anything like that.

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  4. When I was very little, I had a small shady area of garden for myself. I sowed Clarkia and Californian poppies. I haven’t seen Clarkia for years now but your poppies brought back memories, too. 👩‍🌾😃 Lovely irises again. I have rose envy….still no buds on my climbing rose.

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  5. How long did it take for your Lily of the Valley to flower? I planted some last year, this year they have just appeared with leaves, so I am wondering how long before they flower? I am also growing Gertie as a climber. She is doing well this year, but such a shame her flowers don’t seem to last long. At least not here. Lovely light on the Honesty seeds.

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  6. That’s a lovely selection of plants from the cheerful (poppies and iris) to the fragrant and elegant (Lily of the valley and the roses). So the Zinnias were just complaining about the weather? I don’t blame them. We put the heating back on!

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