Six on Saturday (16 July 2022)

Mrs OMAHGT and I will be heading up to North Wales this weekend to visit my parents’ new house for the first time. While it’ll feel a bit odd not wandering around the garden of the former old ancestral home, placing orders for this and that, I hear they’ve already taken up some of the lawn at their new residence and I suspect it may well become a handy free plant nursery in time.

In preparation for this far flung journeying I’ve spent the past few days frantically planting my seed-sown annuals, setting aside a few for my parents’ new garden. I’m hoping these straggly youngsters will stand a better chance in the ground than in pots during this heatwave. I’ll find out if this was a wise course of action when I return. Still, it felt strangely liberating cramming things in here and there and leaving them to fend for themselves, even my first Six on Saturday…

1. The Zinnias. Photographed whilst still living in relative safety on the swing seat, this may be the first and only shot of a flowering Zinnia I take this summer. If the heat doesn’t do them in then the slugs and snails probably will. Having said that, perhaps the heat will keep the slimy plant assassins at bay.

2. Last year Hydrangea ‘Miss Belgium’ put on a surprising amount of growth. Too much really. She was severely chopped in the spring and as a result is rather sparse of blooms at the moment. The few flowers it has are at that stage I like most: lime green and on the cusp of pinkification (a technical term).

3. Talking of pink, I feared my Penstemon ‘Laura’ plants had vanished and purchased a new one a few weeks ago. I’ve since discovered that the original plant, as well as some grown from cuttings, have in fact survived. Ah well.

4. As well as planting out the Zinnias I’ve also been plonking the rest of the Cosmos into the borders. I have a feeling this is ‘Sensation.’ Fingers crossed they fill out a bit over the next few weeks and that flowerage continues. What was that? Yes, I’m really going for it with the made up words today.

5. Next up, Argyranthemum ‘Molimba Pink.’ Two of these were purchased from the bargain plant stall in town. Alas, one has been set upon by slugs and snails (a common theme this year) and yet I’m still tempted to get some more.

6. And finally… a Dahlia that has made it to flowerhood. Last year I’d decided Dahlias weren’t worth the hassle. Most of them got eaten, very few flowered and those that did were hardly what you’d call floriferous. This year they have all been planted in pots rather than in the borders. It appears to have been the right decision. Dahlia ‘Honka Fragile,’ a new acquisition back in 2021, barely did a thing last summer. This time round I’m hopeful it’ll produce more than just one or two flowers. The Agapanthus lurking in the background has also decided to up its game after producing zero flowers last summer. I suspect it may feature next time.

And 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


38 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (16 July 2022)

  1. The Zinnia is beautiful! I hope it lives to offer further display. My plants are also struggling in the extreme heat, but at least anything tender I can move into the shade as I grow in pots. I love Hydrangeas. The one I grow in a pot does better than the one in the ground.

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    1. Nice to hear from you Piglet. I often pop in to your site to see if you are posting again. I’m sure you are very used to the heat, though it is exceptional this year.


  2. V good combo of the Dahlia and Agapanthus, they look great together. A smile of recognition, I also plonked many a plant in the ground before leaving to come to the UK, about to go back and see if they are still alive!

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  3. Love the word pinkification, I may well be borrowing that. Lovely shots. I think I may have Laura, I think I may have Laura because I liked yours, I will have to check labels. The zinnia is an unusual colour combo, in a good way. Enjoy your trip, it is your turn now to return the flowery pleasure.

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  4. Have a good trip and enjoy wandering around the new garden. I saved the drawers from an old freezer, they were wire wracked. I have turned them upside-down and then put the pots of dahlias on them. It has worked well against the slugs.

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    1. That’s a good tip. I saved drawers from my old fridge/freezer and find them quite useful for storing all sorts of things and I thought I might be able to use them as a sort of cloche over winter (mine are solid with one or two with ‘drainage’ holes! )

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    1. Apart from a rather hairy moment on the A5, it wasn’t too bad thanks. They’ve moved back to the area we used to live and went to school – Buckley. I’ve spent the past few days wandering around reminiscing and amazed at how many more housing estates there are these days.

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      1. Yep, 20 mph in ‘residential areas’ though what they class as residential is not known. My road, for example, is the main road through the village – should that be 20 mph, or just the estates off it? People who speed in 30 mph aren’t going to stop in 20 mph zones, meanwhile we’ll all use more fuel as we drive in low gear with engines screaming in protest.

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  5. I guess the move to a new home was a bittersweet decision. To leave that gorgeous garden (and home) behind, or does it still belong in the family? I had to go and read all about it again. And I had to smile to see your first offering this week. I see you proceeded with the Zinnias ๐Ÿ˜Š I, on the other-hand admit defeat. I love the Argyranthemum and every year I keep meaning to buy some for my patio pots, but every year the Cosmos wins. I hadn’t realised that it was susceptible to the S&S though. Most daisies seem too withstand their onslaught. Have a lovely visit with the oldies.

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    1. Thank you. The old ancestral home has been sold, although my great aunt still lives in the village so I got to see the old place again – I just had to remember not to merrily walk into the garden, peering over the wall instead. My mum took quite a few plants with her and we helped water them each evening during our visit to their new home. They wanted smaller and more manageable – I tend to forget they’re getting older.


      1. I can imagine that garden too a lot of maintenance. I am even looking at making changes in mine to reduce the work and it is only a small garden! Trouble is in your head you are still only 30 yrs old! The body however definitely ages…

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  6. Have a great trip. It won’t be long before the plants in your garden which came from the ancestral home make their way back to the new garden. Of course unless your parents had an extra lorry to take their favourite plants with them.

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