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 https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.