**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 https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.