Six on Saturday 25/05/19

It’s been a great week weather wise except that we’ve still had no rain. Not a drop. Not even at night. The plants are all hardened off now and ready to go in but when I dig into some areas of the garden it’s just like dust. There’s a bit of light rain forecast for Thursday but I don’t think it will make much difference. Enough moaning! Not a lot of time for gardening this weekend but I’m off next week (sadly the Non-Gardener isn’t) so I’ll be planting and watering like mad. Bliss!

1. I’ve  sown quite a few perennials this spring so they’re not ready for planting out yet. I also kept some back to sow in the autumn to ease the pressure on the glasshouse space. I love growing annuals as well but am not very good at working out how many I need to fill the spaces. I’m sure these will all fit in somewhere. I’d like to say that this is all of them but there might be a few more tucked into other corners of the garden.


2.  Talking of corners, this is a very shady corner at the back of the house. The shade comes from a large and beautiful Golden Privet (more a tree than a shrub). I removed an old and sad looking Griselinia littoralis ‘Variegata’ a while back and am very pleased with the new planting. The Fatshedera just needs to cover the fence panel.


3. An arch and trellis was replaced earlier in the year by the N-G and the new plants are slowly progressing up it. Clematis ‘Jackmanii Superba’ was left in place and I wanted another Clematis to go with it. To keep life easy I wanted the same pruning group but I also wanted one I haven’t got/grown before. Enter C. ‘Diana’s Delight’. It’s supposed to be shorter than Jackmanii but will, hopefully, put on a bit more height before flowering next year. Beautiful flowers though.


4. I’ve struggled for years to grow Delphiniums but had some reasonable success last year, mostly down to the dry conditions keeping SnS at bay I think. Bar one, they’ve reappeared this year  but the first one to flower has a very short spike. I hope the others wait a bit before doing their thing. The Aquilegia, on the other hand, is a lot taller than I thought it would be! No pleasing some people.


5. So many plants have greenfly at the moment and I’ve started noticing some blackfly as well. I had no ladybirds last year so no larvae this spring. When I was taking a picture of Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ I was very happy to see this little ladybird  I hope she has some friends with her.



6.  The Alliums are opening and add such structure to the border.  I’m finding that ‘Purple Sensation’ doesn’t last very long but ‘Christophii’ is bulking up well. I can’t wait for the leaves to die back.


That’s my Six for this week. I’ve made a start pulling Forget-Me-Nots out but need to make that a priority job for next week. Enjoy your garden this Bank Holiday weekend and don’t forget to look at all he other Sixes, courtesy of our host at https://thepropagatorblog,


15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 25/05/19”

  1. We’ve been on the look out for a purely blue delphinium like that but haven’t found one yet. Your plant nursery is looking good and that Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ is rather nice indeed.

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  2. Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ looks tall so obviously a contender for me! I was only wondering about your seedlings this week as I surveyed my very paltry collection. Yours are coming along so well. I also like the very dark heuchera – does it have a name?

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  3. Well, every photo deserves a comment! First, if we don’t have enough rain, I have to dig into concrete, not dust! The perennials look really healthy, that shady corner is very pretty, then the clematis flower is a lovely shape and shade, the heuchera is well ahead of mine but I will catch up, the Cirsium is a new one to me (although I have seen it before, just didn’t know its name) and I have yet to try alliums. Keep pulling those forget-me-nots – you will remove every one, you think! Beautiful garden.

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    1. Thank you! Allium flowerheads are amazing but the leaves are awful. Luckily they don’t last too long as they are a favourite hiding place for SnS. Does anyone ever get rid of all their forget-me-nots?


  4. I do like the shady corner. Do you think the Fatshedera will cover everything?Is it a so fast climber? The leaves are reminiscent of a little fatsia. It’s the same family I think.
    Pretty Cirsium : what a color !

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    1. I think it’s a Fatsia crossed with an Ivy. I’ve not grown it before but really liked the leaf. The variegation should lighten the corner I think. I don’t think it’s a rapid grower but I’ll keep you posted! The Cirsium is a real favourite with all sorts of insects, it was absolutely alive earlier.


  5. I thought most of my forget me nots had been pulled up but no there’s more. I tried for years to grow delphiniums, I finally got them from seed and grew some amazing ones for several years until they became too dominant in the garden. I think the secret with the SnS is, if you don’t mind slug pellets, to apply some around Valentine’s Day and this gets the small soil based slugs which cause the most damage before they have a chance to do much. I’ve been doing this for several years and my hostas remain fairly undamafed through the year – my gardening group calls it the Valentine Day massacre

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    1. I don’t like using pellets but have done so very carefully until recently. I’ve got two hedgehogs in the garden (hoping it’s one of each variety) and can’t put any pellets down now. I’ve not found a natural alternative that reliably works though.


      1. The other thing I saw somewhere, it may have been a thing in the delphinium society was that they built a sort of circular mound with gravel around the delphiniums early in spring. So like a ring but mounded up. It of course doesn’t stop the slugs that live in the soil which I think are the worse but they reckoned it did the job.

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  6. I love the colours in your shady border. That patch of gravel peeking through gives such good contrast. That cirsium looks like it could be a versatile plant (especially if it brings some ladybugs w/it). Several lovely beds, you got there.

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