Six on Saturday (15 May 2021)

Well, that was a wet week. The garden is certainly looking lush thanks to all the rain and milder temperatures, but some things have looked a tad soggy at times, including this gardener as he’s carried his seedlings outdoors in the mornings and brought them all back indoors in the evenings (having checked the bottoms of pots for sneaky slugs and snails). The juvenile plants have bore it rather well for the most part, except for a scabious that really hasn’t enjoyed it’s daily constitutionals. It’ll soon be time to start planting some of them out and that leads me to my first Six on Saturday.

1. Last year’s tomatoes were something of a disaster. They took forever to get going and by the time they’d finally started to produce fruit the summer was over and few tomatoes had a chance to ripen. This year is looking much more promising. I’m growing a cherry variety called Minibel. These small bushy plants shouldn’t require any support and will live outdoors in pots as soon as I’ve evicted the tulips.

2. As well as acquiring a few ‘Totally Tangerine’ Geums last year I also ended up with a ‘Scarlet Tempest.’ It’s been flowering for the best part of a month and is still going strong. On Wednesday I discovered I’d planted my two Totally Tangerine Geums right next to each other, so when this orange flushed red beauty wasn’t looking I dug it up and swapped it with the smaller TTG.

3. Each year I plant more of this fragrant Pheasant Eye. A late flowering Narcissus, it’s adding a nice dash of white to the garden. As these have opened I’ve been keeping an eye out for another white Narcissus that was planted in the autumn, Sinopel, but thus far I’ve only spotted one rather nibbled plant which is a bit disappointing.

4. Up next, a creeping Phlox. This variety never disappoints, although something has been nibbling on the flowers.

5. At some point I’m going to have to figure out where to plant this young climbing rose. I ended up with two accidental cuttings of New Dawn after I shoved two pruned offcuts into the ground back in 2019, not really expecting them to take. I gave one away last summer but this one has been kept for the garden.

6. And finally… something of a mystery but also a pleasant surprise. I grew some Hesperis from seed in 2019 and plonked them in the back garden where they bloomed the following year. Alas, they don’t appear to have produced any offspring out the back but somehow or other this one has appeared in the front garden.

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


28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (15 May 2021)

  1. I have the same phlox and some of the petals are like yours: they are nibbled. I guess little bugs that I couldn’t find. Very nice photo of these geums with 2 colours that almost look like a reflection.

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  2. Funny how plants don’t always self-seed where we expect or want them too, but that Hesperis looks lovely in your front garden. Geum Scarlet Tempest flowers like mad, doesn’t it? I divided one plant into three last autumn, and they are almost dominating too much now with their flowering. Hope it’s not too soggy for you today.

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    1. We had a few showers of torrential rain earlier (thankfully after we’d walked back from town). Scarlet Tempest does seem to be the earliest and most floriferous, even outdoing Mrs Bradshaw. I’m thinking a few lighter coloured geums might be required to help ST blend in a bit better – nothing at all to do with wanting more geums I hasten to add.

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  3. I also planted Sinopel last year and for me it’s flowering later than Pheasants eye. It’s really pretty. I like your scarlet geum very much. You don’t see them here. I’ll have to go on the hunt….

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  4. Your tomatoes are incredible looking! I won’t even mention what mine look like right now…just trying to rush them through the hardening off stage to get them in the ground. Herperis matronalis is considered by some to be an invasive non-native here, but I kinda like it a lot, and it does tend to travel. I have a favourite spot to view it: in the middle of Toronto (Canada’s largest city) is a rather wide ravine, with a river running through it, as well as an expressway and a recreation trail. Over it is an imposing bridge (the Bloor Street Viaduct) from which, if you’re walking, you can see into the ravine. For a period of several weeks in late spring the valley below, next to the river and bike path, which in this section is meadow-ish, is awash in the white and pink of Hesperis. Challenging to photograph, beautiful to behold.

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  5. I really like the Pheasants Eye daffodils. They look very refined and have the added merit of flowering late.

    The phlox is great too. I’ve seen some really floriferous specimens around this year, so something about the weather must be suiting them!

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  6. Your tomatoes are looking very promising. The Scarlet Tempest is quite striking. In the photograph, the petals almost look iridescent. I can imagine they would make for a dramatic combination with the Totally Tangerine.

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  7. Good luck with this year’s tomatoes. They certainly look good so far and there is nothing like the taste of home grown ones. I’m impressed with the rose cuttings taking like that. What time of year did you take them may I ask?

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    1. I think it was late summer. I suspect New Dawn must be super tough and easy to propagate as the original plant (given to us as a gift) was grown from a cutting. An attempt to do something similar with a yellow rose last year doesn’t appear to have worked.


  8. Hopefully the daily in-out slog is coming to an end. It’s time to get them in the ground. I’ll be hoping to finish mine before end of May.
    Hesperis looks great! I mean, they all look great but Hesperis in particular.

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