Six on Saturday 05/11/22

We’ve been away for a few days during which time the garden succumbed to heavy rain and strong wind. It’s looking rather battered but at least I won’t feel so bad about cutting down/removing some things to make room for the bulbs. The Dahlias seem to have reached the end of their flowering as have most of the Michaelmas Daisies. However, there are still quite a lot of interesting things happening so here are this weeks Six on Saturday.

  • The recent warmer weather has favoured the Roses and ‘Graham Thomas’ has had a late flurry of flowers.
  • Jasminum variegatum grows up the south facing back wall of the house. It’s one of those plants that sits quietly in the background just getting on with looking good. It’s easy to overlook plants like this so I thought I’d let it have its moment today.
  • Most of the grasses look good well into winter and Hakonechloa macra aureola is no exception. It’s leaves move in the slightest breeze and the flowers add another interest at this time of year.
  • I sowed a few varieties of Cyclamen seeds in Autumn 2020 and there was a reasonable germination rate. I didn’t realise that slugs were particularly fond of Cyclamen seedlings but those that survived are doing well.
  • In the spring of 2020 I sowed some seeds of Eryngium pandanifolium. Three germinated but, as they grew, I made the decision to only plant out one. It’s a vicious plant and I’m going to move it further back into the border. I was hoping with the summer heat that it would flower this year but….. maybe next year.
  • Before we went away I moved a lot of the succulents into the glasshouse as I could see that a lot of rain was forecast. It turned out to be a good move. Here’s one of the mixed bowls.

The plant at the front is Sedum furfuraceum.

Work today then I’m hoping that the rain that’s forecast for tomorrow doesn’t arrive 🤞as I plan to start the bulb planting.

The other Sixers can be found chez Jim these days at

13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 05/11/22”

  1. Well done on growing those cyclamens. They look very healthy. Your mixed bowl of succulents looks wonderful and so clean! I always get a lot of spiderwebs in mine which certainly detracts from their appearance.

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  2. Your cyclamens have so many different leaf patterns. Are they all hardy? The wind has been particularly cruel here this week. And much too soggy to do any gardening. And yes, I still have some bulbs to plant!

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  3. I didn’t know slugs went for cyclamen as well. I hope now yours have got to a certain size they will get left alone. The Eryngium pandanifolium does look rather striking, but your close up photo would put me off growing it perhaps (the hawthorns and roses are enough trouble as it is). I hope you get your longed for dry day tomorrow.

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  4. I love the variety in your six this week. I bought a couple of hakonechloa a couple of months ago, I think it’s going to be quite a while before they look as spectacular as yours do!


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