Six on Saturday (17 October 2020)

**Sighs** My name’s Graeme and I’m a compulsive shrub mover. It had been 7 weeks since I last moved a shrub; a standard Lilac. Well, it’s been moved again. It has swapped positions with the Viburnum near the blue shed and plant feng shuiiness has finally been achieved… I think. Everything else has stayed put for now. Many plants are still flowering away. But while I’m enjoying the late colour, things could really do with chopping back or pulling up to make room for the Sweet William and spring flowering bulbs. And that leads me to my first Six on Saturday.

1. A number of online bulb purchases have started to arrive in the post. However, some have been acquired from good old Wilko, including this blue variety of Allium called ‘Mattiola’s Blues Caeruleum.’ I think I might plant them in the front garden.

2. While I failed to find the label for that Aster of short stature last week I did stumble across the label of a Fuchsia that I assumed was Mrs Popple. It isn’t. It’s ‘Army Nurse’ (the mind boggles). I moved her a few years ago and she has sulked ever since. However, she appears to have finally got over her strop and is now flowering floriferously. Good word ‘floriferously.’

3. Ah yes, it’s that Wilko pom-pom Dahlia again. I think this is my favourite Dahlia and I’m making the most of it until the first frost arrives.

4. Next up is the Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise.’ A new addition to the garden in the spring, the flowers have transitioned from white to pink and are now a lovely crispy autumnal brown.

5. I’d originally chosen the foliage of a Cyclamen for my fifth SoS but I made a last minute substitution. This is ‘Lemon Daisy,’ one of several varieties of Calendula I’ve grown from seed this year. I’m hoping it will sow itself about a bit.

6. And finally… I think I featured this Wilko pom-pom Dahlia a few months ago. It’s a 2019 survivor but I managed to plant another one of the exact same colour right next to it back in May. One of them will have to be moved next year (if they survive the winter in the ground) as things have become a tad too pink in this part of the patio border.

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


35 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (17 October 2020)

  1. I have two hydrangeas I want to move soon plus a few roses. I’ve moved roses successfully but one hydrangea that I moved last year hasn’t flowered well at all, so I’m a bit worried about moving the others. Have you ever had any shrub losses after a move?

    Two lovely dahlias, and the Calendula ‘Lemon Daisy’ is a winner with me. I will add that to my seed list. I love the crispy flowerhead of your ‘Vanille Fraise’. That’s going to be fabulous when the frost hits it.

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    1. I lost a climbing rose after moving it, but I think it was looking a little unhappy beforehand. A few other roses have been move without incident. I’ve got to move a rose tree in November and I’m a little anxious about that – although it was only planted last November so hopefully it may not notice.

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  2. I hope you are feeling better having come to terms with your obsession. Will moving your rose next month be satisfying enough? Anyway, I have dahlia envy…….your blooms are so perfect. Lovely Six-on-Saturday.

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  3. The flower of your hydrangea ‘ Vanille fraise’ , even if it’s faded, seems much healthier to me than mine which has small spots, perhaps from fungus disease… I will have to watch out it
    Very pretty fuchsia flower ! I take note of the name.

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  4. Love the blue allium and the lemon calendula. I had a similar one appear this year in a border far away from all my orange ones. It seems to be a late flowerer. I’m enjoying the clean zingy colour among all the reds and browns of autumn.

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  5. So, today your Lemon Daisy calendula is the first on my “find it” list! I don’t think I’ve seen those seeds offered in the US though, so off to Internet-land where I can find anything! Here is is the last half of October and my favorite place for bulbs hasn’t gotten any in yet! I keep calling and they keep saying they don’t know where they are.

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  6. I’ve never popped into Wilko but it would appear I’m missing out. Mind you, I’m a bit sceptical about the blue alliums. Can they really be that blue or is it a bit of photo trickery? I’ll be looking forward to your May SoS posts to find out…

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  7. Very nice variety this week! I’ve yet to meet an allium quite that blue, so the jury’s out until bloom time.Love your description – “lovely crispy autumnal brown.” 😉 A similar hydrangea on this side of the pond, ‘Strawberry Sundae’ only browns following frost, so have you had much frost already?

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  8. A lovely Six as usual. I like lovely blue of the Allium flower, and I love the colours of the fuchsia! The dried flowers of the Hydrangea add another dimension to the plant and I can imagine that they must look lovely in an autumn garden. The pink pom-pom dahlia is Wow!

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  9. Pretty marigold. There is ‘lemon cream’ free with garden news next week which is a similar colour but more double. I’ve got a mixed allium bag to bulk mine out. Got a few similar looking blue ones on the photo but my guess is most will turn out to be purple.

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