Six on Saturday (18 July 2020)

Last Sunday I finally planted the Zinnias. Yes you heard correctly. After putting the task off for weeks they were finally set free from their pots to fend for themselves in the wilds of the borders. Thus far (I’ve not used ‘thus’ in a long while) one plant has been set upon by the slimy plant assassins of the night but the others are still doing okay… for now. Ever the optimist, I have a reserve batch, sown late last month, living on the swing seat. The swing seat usually serves as a sanctuary for particularly vulnerable plants, protecting them from the gourmet gastropods, but something has gone wrong. One pot of young Zinnias has been nibbled. I’ve checked on them both night and day, peering under and in pots, but I can’t find the blighters. There can be only one explanation. Slugs and snails can teleport. Ah well, time for Six on Saturday.

1. First up, another Phlox, the one referred to as ‘the Other Pink One.’ Subtle in hue it is not, unlike this next plant…

2. Advertised as a frost hardy Gardenia, ‘Crown Jewels’ was a rash purchase a few months ago (selecting the option to receive notifications of special offers from online plant suppliers was asking for trouble). It was the promise of “intensely fragrant” flowers that I found hard to resist and this one certainly hasn’t disappointed. My wife is less keen on the fragrance though.

3. I’ve sown a variety of Cosmos this year but as usual got them all mixed up when I planted them out in the garden. This might be ‘Gazebo Red’ or possibly ‘Sensation Mixed’. I was rather ruthless and pinched the flower off the top of a very spindly looking plant in the hope that it’ll bush out a bit. The yellow rose was a casualty from a bouquet of flowers.

4. Next up, a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise.’ This was a new addition to the garden back in March. It’s a half standard to maximise planting space. Apparently the flowers will turn pink as time goes on.

5. The yellow Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’ has been flowering for a few months now. Another one of the same variety went to look decidedly deceased and was almost dug up and thrown away. However, it turned out to be only mostly dead and, as we all know, mostly dead is still slightly alive. I doubt it’ll flower this year though.

6. And finally… Regular readers may remember the tale of the Agapanthus. After failing to flower last year it has redeemed itself big time. I’m very tempted to try growing another variety.

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


26 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (18 July 2020)

  1. Snap! Your Aggie looks like my Aggie. I’m sorry for you troubles with this plant, but it looks very good now. Patience is a virtue! Or perhaps it was the jazz?
    I’m loving your writing style, a chara. It sure makes for easier reading. Garden writing can sometimes approach boring self-praise, but not yours. Hope you have a great week. Watch the swing! Mind the gap.

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  2. That hydrangea is stunning. Keep us posted as it turns pink. I see all those lovely plants then think where I could possibly put them? I know, I know, there’s always room for one more plant but it is another for me to tread on. 😡🤔🌺👩‍🌾

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  3. My Vanille Fraise doesn’t even have any flower buds! I had it in a pot last year and it suffered so I moved it to a shady bed. It took a long time to show any sign of recovery this spring (I really thought it was dead) but now seems healthy enough. Hopefully there will be flowers next year. And my little Geum ‘Koi’ also looked dead and was removed and planted into the same bed and is flowering again. I have learned not to dismiss ‘dead’ plants until all hope of survival has been passed. The Zinnia I sowed have definitely passed.

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  4. I adore that Hydrangea ‘Vanille Fraise’. It’s familiar – I wonder if it was one of those Carol Klein highlighted on Gardeners’ World. It’s a beauty.

    That’s a lovely photograph of Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’ – I had a small collection of Geum plug plants delivered earlier in the year. They were such miserable little things that I didn’t think they’d achieve much this year, but to my surprise some of them are flowering, and Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’ is one of them. Tougher than we think?

    That’s good news about your Agapanthus – well worth the wait!

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  5. I’m wondering how many other gardeners use a swing seat for slug protection? It struck me as a great idea until you said one of the blighters got through. Maybe it climbed the trunk of the tree and came back down the rope? If so it probably deserved a nibble of your Zinnias for its efforts. Lovely plants as ever and hurrah for your agapanthus!

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  6. Another gorgeous phlox!! It is a lovely colour. The hydrangea flowers look really pretty and I’m looking forward to seeing them turn pink. Glad the Agapanthus has redeemed itself and flowered for you. If you get a white Aggie, then the next one to get is the lovely two toned blue and white one!

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