Six on Saturday (15 August 2020)

At last, some rain! Though not the thunderstorms that were predicted every day last week. Foolishly trusting the weather forecasts I was a bit free and easy with the old watering, depleting H2O supplies to tend to droopy hydrangeas, phlox and other struggling plants. The rain finally arrived on Thursday, though one of the water butts is still half empty/half full (delete based on your outlook on life). Still, the garden is looking refreshed and the slugs and snails have an extra glide in their slide as they seek out tasty morsels to sample. And that leads me to my first Six on Saturday…

1. A flowering Zinnia. I was beginning to fear none of the Zinnias were going to make it to flowerhood this summer. This one had gone unnoticed by the slimy ones until a week or so ago. Thankfully it has pulled through. I hope some of the others make it. I’m assuming this is one of the Zinnia elegans ‘Dahlia-Flowered Mixed.’

2. Now this is embarrassing. I can’t remember what this plant is. I want to say it begins with an ‘L’ but it could well start with one of the other remaining (does a quick google and some lightning fast mental arithmetic) 25 letters of the alphabet. It was bought a few years ago and always struggled in the South facing bed out the front. I’d given it up for dead and was surprised to find it growing in a pot with the Buddleia ‘Buzz’ that I removed from the aforementioned bed to make room for some Stipa grass. It’s thriving now.

3. A few years ago I dug up a Golden Hop from the back border as it was getting far too big for the fence and was starting to take over. However, I spotted a small seedling growing near the patio bed last year. I intended to remove it but one thing led to another which inevitably led to something else and in the end I forgot all about the golden climber. It was starting to sprawl across the patio so I directed it towards the bird table as a temporary measure. Entwinage has been swift. I’m pondering whether to grow it up the new arch next year, or would that be foolhardy?

4. Last year wasn’t a good one for the snapdragons. Most of them died after their first flush of flowers, falling victim to rust. Yet one plant survived out the front and is blooming for a second time this year. I sow ‘Circus Clowns’ every spring but the new batch are taking forever to get going for some reason.

5. A late flowering allium up next. ‘Millennium’ was purchased at the Taunton Flower Show last year. I should have another late flowering allium somewhere but it appears to have vanished. I have a horrible feeling I may have accidentally dug it up.

6. And finally… I planted some Gladioli last spring and wasn’t all that wowed when they finally flowered and toppled over. They were all a tad too pastelly and I thought I’d got shot of them all. Apparently not. A few have returned and upon closer inspection this one is actually rather pretty. I fancy some brighter, bolder varieties though. Perhaps next year.

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


38 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (15 August 2020)

  1. I’m envious of your lovely Zinnia. Mine grew well from seed, but they didn’t like my garden – or perhaps they just needed more summer sun. Congratulations – you made me laugh this morning with that expression ‘extra glide in their slide’. One to remember.

    I won’t hazard a guess ar the plant’s name, but it’s lovely and familiar – not from my garden sadly. As for the Golden Hop (and mine is being moved in autumn), I’d be inclined to save the arch for clematis or roses or something else, I think the hop might clump in various areas and you’d lose the shape of the arch. Just my thoughts…

    My ‘Millennium’ flowered but didn’t look too good, it was in a pot for quite some time, and I suspect it didn’t get watered as much as it needed – yours is beautiful.

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    1. Glancing at the comments it seems I’d be wise not to aim the golden hop towards the arch. I may enquire whether anyone at work would like it.

      I’ve been amazed at how quickly snails can shift. I’ve been collecting them in a pot most nights and throwing them on the green (I’m sure the neighbours think I’m a bit dubious) and they’re climbing out over the top of the pot before you know it.

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      1. I used to throw mine into the fields behind us but I’ve read that snails have a homing instinct (true/false?) so now I put mine into our council compost bins and allow them to head out on their journey with sufficient food for the trip.

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  2. Hmmm. Might your mystery plant be Lythrum salicaria? I’m probably wrong but it just looks a bit like one to me. I prefer pastel gladioli. As they tend to be in groups here, and as I don’t buy single variety packs, the gaudier colours clash with each other. Yours is simply beautiful.

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  3. Yes, I’m with JohnK on Lythrum salicaria – Purple Loosestrife which is in flower in the wild everywhere at the moment. Yours is a cultivated variety, a selection of a superior form. It has bigger flowers that the wild relative, a bit showier etc. It will enjoy the rain as it grows in wettish conditions.

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  4. Your mystery plant is really lovely….so glad it seems to have been identified! Lovely to see the flowers up close. I have not grown Zinnias for years, and the one you feature this week is such a gorgeous colour that I think I might just try some again! I have seen some available as seedlings, but not is that lovely colour. Your photos of the flowers are really clear and detailed. Such a lovely Six!

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  5. I think that lovey pink unknown is loosestrife – a cultivated sort. I wouldn’t put the hop on an arch – too much of a thug – tempting for quick cover, but you now what they say ‘…plant in haste…’, I agree with other comments that a rose or a good clematis would be nicer. I didn’t think I liked gladioli in the garden until some byzantinus ones popped up here. Now I’m buying more for next year. Lovely six, thank you.

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  6. i was late sowing zinnia, i just planted them out. i’m hoping i can keep the slimy enemy away long enough to see a few late pre-frost flowers. there is a moment in the year when i gaze upon my two colonies of “dwarf” hops and think all is well in the world. the lime green leaves look so fresh. then within what seems like 5 minutes, they are taking over the world, and being eaten by something that leaves them full of unattractive holes. i’d dig them up but they are bastards for deep roots.

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