Six on Saturday 04/06/22

The daytime temperature has been reasonable this week with some lovely sunny spells but it’s been down to 8 degrees on several nights which is a bit chilly for the half hardies. I’d like the Cosmos to get a little larger before I plant them out (they might have a chance against the slugs etc then) and it’s definitely not been warm enough for the Ricinus as they don’t seem to have grown at all this week. Never pleased, that’s us gardeners. And then it rained most of yesterday afternoon and there’s more forecast for today. It’s a shame it’s in the daytime but the plants will appreciate it. Luckily, I took the pictures in the morning. After the spring bulbs the main colour in the garden has been green but other colours are appearing throughout now.

  • The Clematis are growing well and ‘Dr Ruppel’ is worth a second showing, especially as it’s obelisk mate ‘Black Tea’ is beginning to flower as well, although they’re rather hidden in this photo.
I still haven’t painted the shed!
  • The (mainly) herbaceous border is growing up well. There are gaps where the forest of Forget-me-Nots were and the Cosmos, Ricinus and some other half hardies will, hopefully, fill them.
The RH end of the border with the Dahlia bed in the foreground.

The Dahlias are waiting in the wings for when the Iris finish. The final ones to open are ‘Red Ember’

The LH end of the border. The grass needs cutting when it dries out. No mow May doesn’t really work when you’ve only got a little patch of the stuff.
  • On the far left of the above photo is a Golden Hop on an obelisk and there’s a Clematis battling up as well. Just out of shot is Clematis tangutica ‘Bill McKenzie’ which is just starting to flower and will continue until the first frost 🤞
  • Allium christophii is spreading through the border, unlike it’s cousin A ‘Purple Sensation’, and I pull out many, many seedlings every spring.
The leaves were buried beneath the FmNs and I’ll pull them off this week.
  • Out to the front garden now. This bit of the garden is left very much to fend for itself. Despite years of adding home made compost the soil is very heavy clay which already has large cracks in it. The Roses have been in for many years so have their roots well down. Although they flower well I find it quite hard to train them along the ropes and they tend to bolt upwards so I gave them a hard prune in February and added a solid strip along the bottom of the posts so that I could train them horizontally before they started upwards. It seems to be working.
The view from outside looking into the garden.
  • Back inside the garden Stipa gigantia (one of the best grasses) is flowering. I find grasses very difficult to photograph but liked this view.

That’s my Six, a couple of others have ended up on the cutting floor for these but, hopefully, they will still be around for next weeks Six. Don’t forget to check in with the Prop at to see the what the other Sixers have picked from their gardens this week.

12 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 04/06/22”

  1. That stipa is wonderful, I just wish I had the right spot for one. I’m going to grow some christophii aliums next year, it will be interesting to see if they self seed here. Purple Sensation definitely does. The roses and clematis in the fg look wonderful too.

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  2. What pretty beds in your garden! You delight us this week with very pretty flowers and these mixtures of colors and variety go very well together.
    Here I have the common stipa tenuifolia but yours looks interesting given its high size. On my wish list.

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  3. Very nice photo of the stipa, and what a good idea re training the roses, they look lovely and it’s actually nice to see a bit of rope too. I’m on heavy clay too, I find that not a lot self-seeds, I would be happy if my Allium c. did!

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  4. My shed is just like yours! My not-quite-as-cheap clematis looks like yours (Dr. Ruppel). Sometimes these bargains don’t give the actual name of the plant. That iris is a stunning colour. I do like the longer shots and, as you say, No-mow-May sounded a good idea but a scruffy lawn makes a scruffy garden, especially a smaller garden, I agree.

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