Six on Saturday (12 September 2020)

There’s a chap who has a plant stall in town most Saturdays. My wife and I call him ‘the plant man.’ I try to walk past his stall in a nonchalant manner, casting but a fleeting glance at his tempting floral wares; partly because I don’t want to disappoint him if I don’t fancy buying anything, but mainly because I want to try and exercise a bit of willpower and resist acquiring yet another bargain that I don’t really have room for. However, more often than not my resistance crumbles and that leads me to my first Six on Saturday…

1. I don’t know if these Cyclamen will survive out in the garden over the winter (I suspect not) but I might put them in the north east facing conservatory just before the frosts arrive.

2. The flowers of the Sedums have started to open and the bees and flies are loving the tiny flowers. I’m sure they’ve bloomed a little later this year though.

3. Oh yes, it’s another Zinnia ‘Jazzy.’ These have been a pleasant surprise and I’ll certainly grow them again next summer.

4. The Daphne x transatlantica ‘eternal fragrance’ has lived up to its name this year. This hardworking shrub has been flowering off and on (mainly on) for many a month now, despite a prune earlier in the year. Every garden should have one.

5. Next up, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Fizzy’ Series. This is ‘Fizzy Rose Picotee’ growing in the back garden. They tend to vary quite a bit pinky-white/whitey-pink-hue-wise. I suspect they will feature again over the next few weeks.

6. And finally…. Erodium manescavii. I grew a few plants from some seed kindly provided by Jim last year. Only one Erodium plant has survived to flowerhood but I have some leftover seed for a second attempt and I’ll harvest some seed from this plant later in the autumn. It has attractive foliage (though the leaves below belong to a Californian Poppy) and beautiful flowers that have this fascinating intricate pattern on three of the petals. I’ll hopefully have a few more next year.

Well, 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


33 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (12 September 2020)

  1. This photo of cosmos is a success! Very nice job!
    Regarding cyclamens, mine have been in the ground for 2 years and come back every year. I just mulched the top and put a cloche down to spend the cold winter nights. Good luck if you try

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  2. Great photos, especially the one of the bee on the Sedum! The Sedum flowers are beautiful. I also love the three photos of the Erodium. What a really pretty flower, with its delicate markings. Another plant I have not encountered. I gather it is an annual plant? I think the frizzy Cosmos are give more impact than the single flowering ones.

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  3. The only way you’ll be able to resist the temptation of the ’plant man’ will be to go somewhere else on Saturday and avoid town altogether. That, of course, isn’t a suggestion you go to a garden centre instead. 😉

    The cyclamen are very pretty, it would be a good idea to give them a new winter home – just in case we get a bad winter. That’s a lovely close up of the sedum and its visitor. The Daphne is beautiful, but I’ve tried growing it in the past and been unsuccessful – if you’re telling me that ‘every garden should have one’ then perhaps I have no option but to try again.

    Love your Cosmos ‘Fizzy Rose Picotee’.

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    1. Perhaps I should have added a disclaimer to my daphne remark! They’re supposedly hardy in all but the severest of winters (-10 to -15). I have a much smaller pink variety (well sort of pink depending on the time of year) that is in a shadier spot and hasn’t flowered very much this year. I bought two more cyclamen today (I had to pass the stall on the way to get stock up on coffee and thyme at the refill shop). Hopefully I’ll do better next weekend, although I could do with some Violas for the winter pots…

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      1. I think you’re a lost cause. 😂 As for the Daphne, my friend who lives on the opposite side of town in an equally cold and windy spot has two huge Daphne that have survived in her garden for 15 years. Sadly, I think it’s the gardener at this residence who is at fault somehow…

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  4. That daphne is an absolute topping plant and that erodium has been here for over 35 years and flowers and flowers right through the summer. Although I grew it from seed and it sets seeds I don’t see seedlings in the ground round about.

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  5. I’m a zinnia fan, and they do well in my garden. ‘Jazzy’ is superb and I’ll have to keep a lookout for it. The photo of the Cosmos is a real winner.
    A lovely six.

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  6. I don’t think I could have resisted that outstanding foliage on the cyclamen. Beautiful! More than my share of Daphnes have keeled over for me, yet I continue to adore them in others’ gardens. All your photos have an excellent clarity this week. Thank you!

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  7. Whichever market day whether Wednesday or Saturday we have temptations here too. Its like walking past a sweet shop, except I can say no very easily to sweets! As for plants, that is quite another thing. I agree sedums are later in flower this year.

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  8. I was going to try Cosmos again next year and you’ve made my mind up on which one, Fizzy it is. Glad the Erodium made it, I have plenty more seed should you, or anyone else, want some. I had one, out of half a dozen or so, of those hybrid cyclamen survive last winter. I almost wish it hadn’t as it doesn’t sit well with the species ones that surround it.

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  9. I was surprised at how many of the cyclamen from last year came back. But they are in the front garden close to the heat of the house. I thought they were largely bedding varieties that wouldn’t be hardy so nice to have them return. I’m now walking past two florists on the way back from dropping Alice off at school so going to need to develop stronger willpower. Today Alice persuaded me we needed to buy more tulip bulbs ready for spring.


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