Six on Saturday (27 June 2020)

Err, how did we get to the end of June already? Over the past few evenings I’ve pulled up poppies and chopped back some of the Aquilegia to create space for the annuals. While most of the Cosmos and Antirrhinums have been planted, I’ve held back planting the Zinnias. The garden has perked up no end after all the rain we had towards the end of last week, but alas, so to have the slugs and snails. They seem to have been making up for lost plant munching time, focusing their attention on the dahlias, and I’m afraid they’ll polish off my carefully nurtured Zinnias in one night if planted out. However, I’m going to have to risk it soon and hope the garlic brew made last weekend will deter the plant assassins once watered on to the leaves. We shall see. Maybe I should also set up an assault course of wool pellets, beer traps, copper barriers and a strategically placed frog or two, though I have a suspicion that slugs and snails can actually teleport. Ah well, let’s get on with Six on Saturday.

1. I only started growing Calendulas last year. They proved to be a great addition to the garden, flowering pretty much non-stop throughout the summer and autumn. A few of them (Lemon Cream) survived the winter and have been flowering since the spring. This year I’ve tried some other varieties, including Snow Princess. This is her first bloom.

2. Growing next to Snow Princess is a Lavender. I’m always sorry when Lavender finishes flowering but the fragrance that’s released when chopping back the stems is some compensation.

3. Now this was a pleasant surprise. I thought I’d done all of the Clematis in (apart from the Montana) but I found this one growing horizontally through the undergrowth when I cleared the Honesty and Periwinkles a month or so ago. I redirected it upwards and hey presto, flowers!

4. Growing in a shady spot, Miss Belgium, is quietly doing her thing. This is the second year she’s flowered and it’s fascinating observing how the booms develop. A recent convert to Hydrangeas, I added a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ to the garden back in March. Fingers crossed it does as well as Miss B.

5. Next up, a pond plant. I think it might be Greater Spearwort, but as usual I’ve lost the label. Added to the pond last year, this is the first time it has flowered. I suspect it’s going to be get too big and may have to be replaced with something smaller. The frogs like the cover it provides but I fear it’s creating too much shade for the water lily.

6. And finally… I’ve gone a bit mad with roses this year. Another standard rose, Princess Alexandra of Kent was planted in May. The petals start off coral pink with flushes of yellowy orange here and there…

… before turning a dusky pink. I’ve been burying my nose in the blooms every time I walk past them.

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 Hmm, it’s started raining here. A perfect day for plant munching molluscs to be on the prowl for newly planted Zinnias. It would be madness to plant them out this weekend. Maybe next week.


40 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (27 June 2020)

  1. Beautiful mix of flowers. I haven’t planted calendula nor zinnia I might try them as yours looks lovely. Glad you picked up on hydrangea, I just love them.fascinated the way it forms its flowers too. Roses are just beautiful.

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  2. I have had some success with my garlic brew but I don’t think I was persistent enough to deter the blackfly on the now-composted broad bean plants. The greenfly on the roses scurried away quite quickly though. Your clematis and your rose look quite normal, at first glance, but their petals are quite unusual shapes – very pretty. Hope the Zinnia are mature enough to cope with the S & S.

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  3. I also grow a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ and for now I only have the colour vanilla😂!
    The flowers are growing little by little and they will turn colours soon.
    2 pretty roses and an eye-catching calendula !😍

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  4. I’ve tried zinnia for the first time this year – a 29p pack of seed from Lidl (I sowed them all) – I didn’t realise slugs and snails would be a pest for them, but they’ll have to go into the border soon. Apparently they don’t like root disturbance so I hope I can get them out of their modules without too much bother. Look forward to seeing if mine – and yours – survive 🙂

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    1. Good luck! I usually end up with one or two that seem to die for no reason (possibly root disturbance). I usually plant them in pots but last year I risked the ground and they did well. I’m beginning to think that might have been luck the way things are going with them this summer!

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  5. Lovely roses. I love those old ones too, but although I grow them – Gertrude J and Munstead Wood – they are not as happy in my drier garden as they were in the old clay soil old one. And clematis – I’ve inherited two in this garden – both I cut down in the spring because they were crisp and brown. Both have come back – one is spoiled and mottled and hasn’t produced any flowers; the other looks very healthy, has put on masses of growth but no flowers. Heigh ho.

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  6. I grew Snow Princess last year for the first time, and some have overwintered. Like you, I’m so glad I did. I love your standard rose – and they must make the most of the perfume since they are just at the right height for sniffing.

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  7. My Zinnias were doing so well in May, but they seem to have come to a halt before flowering. I think the drop in temperature and the rain is to blame. I hope yours do well and survive the hungry slugs n snails.

    I grew Calendula Snow Princess last year along with a couple of other varieties. They really do make their presence felt in a border. Your photograph of the first bloom is perfect. Lovely clematis – I’m sure it was delighted to be lifted off the ground.

    That was a great choice for your standard rose. I gave Rosa Princess Alexandra of Kent as a present to a friend some years ago and it is a fabulous rose to have in the garden. I imagine it will look quite stunning as a standard.

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    1. I usually lose the odd zinnia or two but this year I’ve struggled with them. I think I’ve become overly protective of those that have made it this far.

      The standard rose is looking a bit lopsided after a stem or two was snapped when battling to remove it from the pot it arrived in. Hopefully it will improve!

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  8. Calendulas used to be available in any colour you wanted so long as it was orange, so easy to grow that they were beneath most gardeners to bother. They’ve come a long way, I think I’ll give them a try next year.

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  9. The Lemon Calendula is lovely. A great addition to any garden! Apparently good also to lessen damage in vegetable patch. Not sure if they would be any good to keep the s&s at bay, but you seem to have several tricks up your sleeve with the various tactics of your assault course. Have a good end of June week in the garden.

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  10. The Snow Princess Calendula is so lovely, as is the photo, I love calendulas and happy to see one of my Indian Princesses come back this year. I am sure I sowed some seeds elsewhere, but no sign of anything. I also tried Zinnia seeds too and was pleased to see some germinate, so were the S&S as there is no sign of them now either! I haven’t yet found a deterrent for the snails in my garden, they just laugh at garlic spray!

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    1. I found snails munching on some dahlias I’d applied garlic water on earlier in the day. I’m clinging to the hope I just need to adjust the strength but it’s not filling me hope for the zinnias! Just looked up Indian Princess. Very pretty.


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