Six on Saturday (31 July 2021)

Well, the heatwave seems like a distant memory. The garden certainly needed the rain but it could have done without the gusty winds of yesterday. However, everything is still standing, apart from a Verbena out the front that I need to prop up later today. The Zinnias and Dahlias are still doing okay, although the latter are dragging their roots rather; there’s not a sign of a flower bud on any of them. Despite the slugs and snails having an extra glide to their slide after all the rain, the Zs and Ds have remained largely unmunched thus far and I wonder whether that’s because they have been shunned in favour of my first Six on Saturday (if you have your sunglasses to hand you may want to put them on now…)

1. Nasturtiums! Orange ones. I’ve never grown Nasturtiums before but I’ll definitely be growing them again. This one is making its way up through the Sambucus. They were all plonked in pots with the tomatoes, which may have been slightly foolhardy as they seem vigorous enough without a weekly seaweed feed. Unlike the gourmet gastropods I’ve yet to sample the edible flowers or leaves. Talking of leaves…

2. Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ was planted in the spring to help brighten up a shady spot and it’s doing rather well. It’s produced the odd white flower but the foliage is the main attraction.

3. Next up is ‘Compassion,’ a climbing rose that was planted last summer. I’m a bit worried it’s going to be a tad too rampant for the spot I chose for it. The other week I made an effort to implement some order, adding wires to train it artfully around the corner of the shed towards the door. However, I fear getting inside will soon become tricky (not helped by the monster Montana that I’ve trained above the door). It looks rather pretty though.

4. As do the Phloxes. This one has been in bloom for a few weeks now.

5. Right, time for a plant that was deemed a bitter disappointment a year ago. Grown from seed, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’ took forever to flower back in 2020 and when one of them finally produced a solitary miserable looking bloom I wondered why I’d bothered. I thought I’d pulled them all up but apparently not. Left in a pot over the winter, they’re looking rather splendid at the moment, although my camera doesn’t quite capture the true colour of the petals. They’re a lot darker in reality.

In fact I’m so taken with them you’re getting two photos. And they’re not the only Rudbeckias to have survived the winter…

6. ‘Daisies Mixed’ has also made a comeback. These plucky plants, also sown from seed back in 2020, flowered all the way through to January before dying back. It would be great if they did the same again.

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 (31 July 2021)

  1. There is an article all about the annual rudbekias in the current RHS magazine, and now you have shown them I am tempted. Nasturtiums thrive on lean and mean. Mine just come up from seeds they have dropped the previous year. Their colour does add a much needed pop this time of year.

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  2. Huh, someone else has lovely nasturtiums, 🤬, I don’t. A blackfly invasion put paid to them and some of my runner bean plants. Yes, that is a very colourful Six-on-Saturday and a pretty climbing rose.

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  3. Your rudbeckia are gorgeous, love the deep red. My Goldsturm or something like that failed to survive the winter. I think, like Heleniums, they will have to be treated as annuals.

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    1. I got overly cocky with my Helenium. I over-wintered it in the greenhouse, it was looking splendid and leafy and I planted it in the ground in the spring and assumed all was well until a month later when I discovered it munched to the ground. It’s sort of recovered but doesn’t look as good as when I bought it last year.

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  4. I remember seeing your Rudbeckia Daisies Mixed variety last autumn and being taken with it, which is still the case, and Cherry Brandy is very nice too. Compassion looks great against the shed but yes she’s vigorous – in her third year mine’s going strong, sending up long branching stems, but these can easily be cut back (ideally after flowering!) and new ones quickly replace them.

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  5. I love Nasturtium for their rampant growth and mass of colour….and they are edible! They are a low maintenance plant once established. The Lamium foliage is lovely. What a gorgeous rich colour the Rudbeckia is. The rose is just beautiful and must look lovely with the Clematis.

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  6. I didn’t know there were annual rudbeckia. I’ve been nursing some little seedlings. I hope they are perennials. The rose is lovely and looks great against the shed colour. My neighbour recently changed his house colour from faded blue to almost black. It’s given my plantings a whole new perspective!

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  7. I was so disappointed with Cherry Brandy last year that I didn’t bother again this year. Seeing yours I wish I had. I grow the ‘Rustic Dwarf’ variety most years and they do well. ‘White Nancy’ was a new addition for me as well. It certainly lights up a shady corner, doesn’t it.

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