Six on Saturday 03/07/21


  • Last year I had more pots on the patio than normal as it was lockdown time and I needed to keep myself occupied. Strangely, there seems to be rather a lot of pots out there again this year. This one is just outside of the back door and is lovely and bright to look out on, especially in this mornings rain.
Bronze Osteospermum, Solenostemon ‘Campfire’ with Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’ to grow up the wall
  • A lot of my succulents live on the patio. I’ve been growing Aeonium arboreum ‘Schwarzkopf’ for a few years but vine weevils caused the plant to be re-started a couple of times and I’ve always envied the lovely tall, multi-headed specimens that other people seem able to grow. However, this year one of my plants has had a growth spurt.

The tallest branch is even developing a multihead.


  • I have a few different Zantedeschia and the first to flower is Z. ‘Red Charm’. The sun was a bit bright for the picture.
  • The fern wall is seen as a whole but some of the individual ferns are so beautiful in their own right and deserve a spotlight feature. This one is very prolific and the new fronds have a lovely pinky-bronze tint to them.
Dryopteris lepidopoda or the Sunset Fern
  • The fern wall is on a north facing fence behind a Birch tree. Just along from it is an arch with some trellis to the side. This makes rather a dark corner and it needed something to lighten it. I liked the idea of a white flowering Hydrangea and spent many a happy hour researching varieties last summer and settled on H. macrophylla ‘Dancing Snow’. I had to order it on line as I couldn’t find one locally so chose another variety as well to act as a travelling companion, wouldn’t everyone? One for a future Six. It can be a rather dry part of the garden but the wet winter and spring have helped it to settle in well and give just the effect I was after.
H. macrophylla ‘Dancing Snow’ with Dryopteris sieboldii in front
  • The front garden very much fends for itself and the gaps fill with self seeded Verbena bonariensis, Calendula, Nigella and a few others. I keep the Forget-me-Nots out of here though. Having admired them a few years ago in a friend’s garden I planted some clumps of Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’. The leaves emerge quite early in the year followed by the flowers in June. As the flower spikes ascend the leaves flop into a real mess and so last year I decided to give them the same treatment as I give the Alliums – remove all of the foliage as they come into flower. They came back just as strong this year so it doesn’t seem to have had a detrimental effect so I have repeated the process.
Most of the front garden. The Stipa gigantea has reached new heights this year.


We have family staying this week, so lovely after all of this time, so there won’t be any time for gardening, just any necessary watering. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to catch up with all the wonderful gardens brought together by our host at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/

5 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 03/07/21”

  1. For some reason I have never been able to keep a zantedeschia, Red Charm is very splendid and I also love your bronze osteospermum, – very attractive and works well with the solenostemon. Enjoy the weekend with the family, we are all beginning to take small steps back to living life again!

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  2. Zantedeschia Red Charm is indeed charming. I grow Aeonium Zwartzman and need to cut one of the stems down again as it has grown tall and lanky. Luckily it’s fairly easy to grow from cuttings and often that’s when multi-heads appear. I don’t think any of my bedding pots are going to look good this year, the plugs I bought were so small and haven’t put on much growth either!

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