Six on Saturday (2 October 2021)

I can delude myself no longer; autumn is well and truly here. Mind you, a lot of the annuals and perennials are still going strong, even attracting a comma butterfly earlier in the week, a rare sight in the garden this year. Although not as rare as this lesser whitethroat that visited yesterday afternoon.

Thankfully it seemed happy hanging around in the Pyracantha, just outside the back door, giving me a chance to grab my camera and photograph it from indoors. I doubt there’ll be butterflies and warblers in the garden today though if the weather forecast is anything to go by. Anyway, time for Six on Saturday.

1. And we start with the Cyclamen that grows near the Pyracantha, that most vicious of shrubs that drew blood last week when I attacked it with the secateurs after discovering one of its branches had made it into the open mini greenhouse.

2. Growing just to the right of the Cyclamen is this Hesperantha coccinea, acquired a few years ago from the Great Aunt’s garden up in North East Wales. A white variety (probably ‘alba’) was purchased in the spring but appears to have vanished.

3.  Now these next two photos were taken several days apart. An online purchase last year, Rosa ‘Friesia’ has surprised me and thrived, despite looking very ropey when it was delivered. This is its third flush and the fragrant flowers constantly change, starting off a rich yellow (occasionally tinged with pink in places) before fading as the days pass by.

4. While some of the Zinnias are looking decidedly nibbled, several have shrugged off the attentions of the gourmet gastropods, including this beauty. They’re doing much better than last year.

5. Next up, Salvias. My mother-in-law has gone in for them in a big way. Several tiny plug plants that she planted two summers ago have became large and shrubby. I took a few cuttings from them last year and they were doing great until I dropped them all on the floor last autumn. Thankfully two survived, although naturally they ended up being the same variety. It’s one of those plants, along with the Lavender and Agastache, where I find myself rubbing the aromatic leaves and sniffing my fingers every time I walk past them.

6. And finally… It’s another plant that drew blood the other week. The long thorny stems of the climbing Rose ‘New Dawn’ tend to hide amongst the monster Jasmine (which I’m forever trimming in an attempt to keep it in check) and occasionally surprise the forgetful gardener. The scented pale pink flowers are lovely though.

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


30 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (2 October 2021)

  1. Particularly phine photos (or fine fotos – your choice) this week. Nice to get a bit of the less common variety of wildlife in the garden. A couple of years ago I had a veritable swarm of commas on the Oregano, but I’ve not seen a single one since.

    The Hesperantha is a particularly nice shade of pink. Very nice!

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  2. Lovely photos, especially of the warbler and butterfly. You see, pyracantha brings in the wildlife, despite being a bit vicious!
    I am fond of soft yellow roses, and Freisia looks pretty in both shades. I’m going to look it up.

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  3. Beautiful capture of the comma butterfly and the bird. Awesome! Cyclamen always a favourite. Got a few salvia dotted around too because the bees love it but yours seem to bloom for.longer period. That’s great.

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  4. Very pretty pale pink colour of your Hesperantha. I hesitated to present mine this week but the flowers were not yet open enough. It will be I think for next Saturday (even if it’s another variety than coccinea) .
    I have a few zinnias which seem to want to bloom again. On the other hand you’re lucky to still have well-flowered salvia and roses. ‘Friesia’ is superb!

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  5. Oh how wonderful to have spotted the Whitethroat and to have taken such a great photo of it. In fact all your photos are great. Mine were a bit dismal this week as I usually use a digital SLR but i’ve leant it to my daughter as she’s doing A level photography. Will I ever get it back and will it be in one piece when I do? Anyway, I love your hesperantha – what a fabulous flower.

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    1. I spent a few minutes dithering over whether to get my compact zooming camera and risk scaring the Whitethroat off or whether to simply just enjoy watching it. Thankfully it seemed very accommodating and the camera zoomed straight past all of the dirt on the glass of the door!


  6. I love the wings on that butterfly -so unusual! I also have Rosa ‘Friesia’ – and although it’s been a favourite for earwigs this year it’s still sent up a few flowers, with buds waiting to open if our warm weather sticks around.

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  7. I was quite happy to allow Mr S to despatch the monster jasmine which was in the garden when we arrived. You are even more intrepid prunning it back even when there could be rose thorns in amongst its stems. You got some stunning pictures of your Lesser Whitethroat: it must have been a thrill to see it in your garden.

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  8. I have not seen a single Comma this year, in fact there has been a dearth of butterflies. Love your birdie! What a beauty. The Hesperantha coccinea is very pretty, I saw some pale pink and deep pink and red ones recently in a garden and wondered about buying some for the autumn months. It was a sheltered garden though and mine most definitely isn’t!

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  9. Zinnia fan here, as you may remember, and I’m looking admiringly at that white one which is a perfect specimen. I like the way roses start out one colour and change as they age and fade as your Friesia has done.

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