Six on Saturday 03/09/22

  • When the heatwave broke we had several hours of rain and over the next few days the plants showed signs of recovery. Sadly, bar a bit of drizzle, we haven’t had any rain since and some plants in the main border are once again wilting.
Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’ looking very sad. I’m not sure if it will flower this year. Plants around it are doing better.
  • Last years I sowed seeds of Maurandya ‘Red Dragon’. The plants did well and by the autumn had made small tubers that I overwintered and re-planted in the spring. I’m growing a couple of them in the glasshouse, although they weren’t very keen on the glasshouse heatwave temperatures of near 50C. They’ve started flowering again and are a favourite with the bees. The photo at the top shows a recent visitor and this is the flower he was in.
  • Last year I planted Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’ on one of the Clematis obelisks in the main border. Despite me not watering this border the rose has done reasonably well this year and is having a second flush of flowers.

  • In front of the herbaceous Clematis in the above photo is Hylotelephium telephium ‘Purple Emperor’. The red leaves and flowers look good against the yellow Helenium but the bees don’t seem to be so bothered with this variety.

  • The first of the Hesperanthus has started to flower but the plants are shorter and the flowers are smaller.

Heuchera ‘Peach Flambé’ to the left was planted several years ago and had made a large plant but it couldn’t cope with the heat and drought. An autumn planting opportunity.

  • Some plants seem to have been unaffected by the conditions and, when looking for this weeks Six, I realised how good Sollya heterophylla had looked all through the heat. It’s only a couple of years old, is planted in a south facing border and hasn’t been watered at all this year. A real star.

At the moment there’s thundery showers forecast here for tomorrow. Fingers are crossed but I shan’t be holding my breath.

Have a good weekend and I’ll be back later to read the other Sixes at

17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 03/09/22”

  1. It’s very cute this Maurandya flower in which there is a bumblebee… It looks like it’s its bed. It’s interesting to know that the Sollya heterophylla resisted the heat waves very well this summer! Smart plant!

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  2. Hope the Actea picks up. Mine suffered early on in the heatwave but seems to have perked back up. It’s got a decent bit of shade to keep the moisture in and as the holly near it grows up it should be happier. I’ve also just picked up a purple emperor. I like it with the yellow you’ve got. I might pair it with my rudbeckia.

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  3. Love your bee, like others have said, it looks as if it is having a nap in there! Not heard of Sollya heterophylla, but it does look good. We’ve had quite a soaking today so hopefully that will have refreshed the plants, though even my soil has been very dry!

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  4. Similar story here with the Actea. They have picked up with the cooler temperatures and I keep giving them a watering can but there’s not much growth once the dead leaves were taken off. Purple Emperor is such a good colour, more interesting than the standard varieties.

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