Six on Saturday (29 August 2020)

I had my first full week off work since Christmas and it’s been rather nice doing not much of anything. There was an afternoon garden centre crawl (several plant and bulb purchases were made), I wrestled with a floppy 8 foot Eucalyptus that came adrift from its support during Tuesday’s storm and the Lilac that I’d planted too close to the Buddleia got moved. My wife and I also visited my old ancestral home up in North Wales last weekend, once I’d figured out the various bubbling and extended household rules for England and Wales. Thankfully, as we were married when the moon was in Sagittarius, one of us had a pet budgie as a child and the other knew what eight sevens made without the aid of a calculator, fingers, baking beans or a Mr Men Times Tables book, it was fine to make the trip and stay over. Visits to the old ancestral home inevitably result in the odd plant acquisition or two and that leads me to my first Six on Saturday…

1. A Potentilla of unknown name. When I unpacked the car back in Somerset I also found what appeared to be a pot of soil. For the briefest of moments I was slightly concerned my mum had a gone a bit funny, but then I remembered they were the snow drops I’d pre-ordered during my last visit way back in February.

2. Next up, a pink Osteospermum. This was a new addition to the front garden a couple of months ago. It has taken a while to get going but has now got into its flowery stride. I hope it survives the winter.

3. Back in the spring I sowed some Chrysanthemum ‘Eastern Star.’ Some of them have just started to flower and apparently there must have been a mix up at the Wilko seed packing facility. It’s very pretty but ‘Eastern Star’ it ain’t.

4. I’d given this Aster frikartii ‘Jungfrau’ up for dead in the spring but it turns out it was just fashionably late. Purchased at the Taunton Flower Show last year, it’s bulking out nicely.

5. Which is something this Crocosmia ‘Jackanapes’ has yet to do. This might have something to do with the fact that I move it around every year to make room for this and that. I think I’ve finally found the perfect spot for it so hopefully it’ll start to do what all Crocosmia seem to do and spread around to the point where I’m pulling handfuls up to keep it under control.

6. And finally… I sowed a variety of Zinnia this year. While the slugs and snails have attacked a lot of the Zinnia elegans they appear to have left the shorter Zinnia ‘Jazzy’ alone. The flowers are smaller than those of Zinnia elegans and vary in colour and form. I have showed great restraint and featured just one this week, but I’ll feature some of the others in future SoSs.

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 Right, time to deadhead some dahlias. What was that? What are eight sevens? Hang on, I’ll need to grab the baking beans…


28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (29 August 2020)

  1. That’s a long time to go without a holiday from work! The garden centre crawl sounds much too tempting but great that you and your wife managed to get a visit to the ancestral home, especially when it’s your personal garden centre with no bill to pay at checkout. But I’m sure you take your mum a few treats from your garden though. 😊

    The potentilla is a gorgeous one. It would be nice to think that the lovely Osteospermum would survive through winter, sadly they don’t survive where I am, no matter how mild the weather.

    Love the autumn colours of the aster, crocosmia and that gorgeous little Zinnia. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Very pretty asters with these droplets on the petals.
    My crocosmias have been deflowered for a long time . It’s nice to see these flowers still blooming at the end of summer
    Have you looked at the zinnias stamens up close? It’s like velvet. I took a close-up that I will post soon …

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  3. Didn’t you learn the rhyme “If you ever are in a fix, seven eights are 56”? Maths lessons aren’t what they used to be.🤔👩‍🎓
    Back to your garden. Another pretty Potentilla. Mine is the standard white shrub which had a lot of dead wood in it. I was going to dig it up but I removed all the dead stuff and, I am pleased to say, it is looking quite healthy now.

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  4. Loving that potentilla, such a wonderful colour. I must grow zinnia again, they are such wonderful plants but so delicious too. The pain from previous attempts has subsided enough to try again. I was in Wales last weekend and I know exactly what you mean!

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    1. Now that the surviving Zinnia have started flowering I’ve sort of forgiven them all the earlier grief they gave me! I was completely flummoxed when I went to pay inside a petrol station on the way back from Wales as I was the only one wearing a mask. Then I remembered that mask wearing was only compulsory in England.

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  5. I do enjoy your excellent turn of phrase, a chara. I’m smiling as I read. I enjoy your Crocosomia as well. Surely, as soon as you stop moving it around it will settle in and do its thing. 🤔

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  6. I’m loving your photo selection for this week’s Six. All so detailed! I have never grown Potentilla, but seeing the detail of that flower has convinced me to try them. Really beautiful! The Osteospermum is looking great, and it is a lovely colour. The Zinnia is really pretty too. I ordered some seeds, and I’m just waiting for them to arrive! Hopefully I will have some success at growing Zinnias.

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  7. Congratulations on the Zinnia! And the maths! Does anyone know what social bubbles are any more? My neighbour seems to have a constant stream of visitors; family, friends, neighbours (not us) and none of them SD at all! I hope to goodness she doesn’t catch Covid-19! The Potentilla is a gorgeous colour. Is this the perennial type? I have grown shrubby ones in the past. A long and distant past in another county with a very different climate and soil. The Osteo looks like Tresco Purple which is hardy, though mine did succumb to the Beast from the East, so not snow hardy. They are dead easy to take cuttings from though so maybe take a few and pop them into a sheltered spot over winter.

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