Six on Saturday (23 May 2020)

My wife and I braved a trip to our local garden centre yesterday and we ended up with a ‘Compassion’ climbing rose (I have no idea where it’s going to go) and a serious case of Totally Tangerine Geum envy. A TTG I’d ordered online back in April finally arrived late last week. It was tiny, but I comforted myself with the knowledge that it was bound to be cheaper than a much larger garden centre specimen. Turns out it wasn’t. The oh so much bigger garden centre plant was exactly the same price (cheaper if you factor in delivery charges.) Ah well. To my surprise it’s a 2nd anniversary Six on Saturday today. My how time flies.

1. Although my Totally Tiny Tangerine Geum may not flower this year there is something vaguely tangeriney flowering in the back garden. I spotted this Ranuculus growing behind a box ball. I think this is from a new batch planted in November. Those that bloomed last year have yet to make an appearance.

2. Another week, another Dutch Iris. A pure yellow one this time.

3. The Pyracantha was a bit of a disaster last year. For reasons unknown the leaves started to turn brown and drop off, as did the flower buds. Initially I feared it might have been the dreaded fire blight but I don’t think it was. This spring I’ve watered and fed the shrub (when I’ve remembered) and it’s looking a lot healthier, although there are still a few bare branches and brown and crispy flower buds.

4. Continuing the theme of brown and crispy. Some of the Aquilegia grown from seed last year are proving to be a tad frustrating. Many of the buds have shrivelled up or have only partly opened to produce deformed looking flowers. However, some buds are finally beginning to develop fully. I’m calling this one Rhubarb and Custard. Behold…

5. The Foxgloves have been flowering for the past week or two now but I’ve kept substituting them at the last minute, figuring I have plenty of time to feature them in a future SoS. However, this white/palest of pinks Foxglove is a one-off and after a similar white one in the front garden met an untimely end last year I thought it best to include it now. You never know what colour combinations you’re going to get when it comes to self seeded Foxgloves. I hope it survives the 40mph gusts forecast for later today.

6. And finally… The only surviving Lupin from a batch grown from seed a few years ago has begun to flower. It has gone untouched by slug, snail or aphid for months and I’m ever so slightly suspicious of it’s robust health and unblemished foliage and blooms.

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


35 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (23 May 2020)

  1. Ranunculus looking good and so is the rhubarb and custard aquilegia. I’m really lucky with lupins, every year they come back and doesn’t suffer with anything. Even slugs and snails seem to avoid them. I’m looking to fox gloves colour mutation in my garden ( all self-seeded) colours are usually white and pink but they are monsters tho. Love by bees and that’s all that matters. Hopefully, your tangerine geum will be a wonderful edition to your patch.

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  2. Your ‘Rhubarb & Custard’ aquilegia is beautiful. I have a very large clump of aquilegia that’s on the ground – the winds took it down yesterday.

    The Ranunculus is gorgeous – I’m sure it helps with your Geum envy. Hope you get a few more of them flowering.

    The lupin looks brand new – not a bit of damage on it. It will be good if it stays that way for you, it’s a beautiful specimen. If you find out why it’s not suffered from slugs, snails or aphids – do share the secret!

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  3. Lovely six. I do love ranunculus, mine didn’t make it through, will have to remedy that! Beautiful digitalis photograph. Fingers crossed for the whole garden in the gales, not a good time of year for a blow. I’m sure your geum will settle in nicely and be as big as the garden centre one before you know it!

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  4. As I write, Grannysgardenhimindoors has gone out to wash the car. He should do that more often, it’s started to rain! Anyway, well done with your lupin, it’s one I will try again next year. That aquilegia is lovely. Nice Six-on-Saturday.

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  5. Very nice aquilegia that looks like the one I posted a week or 2 ago.
    We had gusts last weekend and my foxgloves didn’t like that of course. I saved one that had fallen to the ground with an odd shape.😂 I will post the photos on Twitter later.

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  6. That Lupin may be worth a fortune…one which no slugs touch. Cherish it! Maybe I should take grannysgarden suggestion, and go and wash the car. No rain here despite all the promises.

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  7. Ranuculus envy! Do you leave them in the ground all year then? What type are these? At first I thought you were going to say the tangerine was a marigold. I have one in flower (Indian Prince) that has appeared from last year. I hope more return as they are a lovely colour. I have just been on a brief recce into the garden to see if there is any wind damage. Only my gate where the new catch has come loose from all the banging! Ah, well.

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    1. They were a mixed pack, the same I planted two years ago. The first batch have yet to make an appearance (I left them in) and so far this one is the only one to appear from the new batch. I may give up on them, which is a pity as I had some really pretty ones last spring. The new growth on the Buddleia has taken a bit of a bashing here, snapping off a few new branches.

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  8. I know what you mean about suspicion when plants do too well! I wonder when the bad going to hit! My lupine was hit by earwigs as a baby and I worry about that happening again. It was a huge infestation in most of the garden beds.

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    1. The bad hit my Golden Tower Elder! It was covered in aphids which I sprayed with a garlic solution and I suspect too much soap the other week. It seems to have killed off quite a a few of the new leaves that were coming. Lesson learnt!


  9. I love the ranunculus. You may remember I had a lot in my garden, but none of them had such a striking colour as yours. Mine are just beginning to show some leaves, so I’m hoping for a good display when spring arrives here. Your aquilegia is also a striking combination of colours. Lovely six.

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  10. I really like the Rhubarb and custard Aquilegia. It is stunning. They are a plant that I have not attempted to grow, but after seeing the various ones via SoS’s, I must say I’m tempted! Another plant that I have not tried to grow is the Lupin. I do love the foliage. Great pictures!

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  11. If only you could bottle that lupin’s secret, I’d pay good money for it (after it’d gained several 5 star reviews, of course). All your flowers look so beautiful, it’s hard to imagine the problems you’ve had. More frustrating because you don’t know the why behind the shrivelled & dead. That columbine is fantastic!

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