Six on Saturday – I’m Back

Fuchsia "Bornemann's Beste"

What do you mean you didn’t miss me?  I shall ignore you dissenters.

For those of you who have been paying attention, I am back with my Six on Saturday.  After one whole weeks’ absence.  This meme is run by The Propagator, pop over to his site to check out his half dozen and other contributors.  It’s all good clean fun.  Which of course might put some of you off.  Sorry about that.  Without further ado let’s get on with the task in question.

My first plant this week is Fuchsia ‘Bornemann’s Beste’ which was a gift from Harriet, container gardener extraordinaire, a couple of years ago.  Despite its exotic looks it seems to weather the winter without too much compliant.

Verbascum chaixii
Verbascum chaixii

Next we have Verbascum chaixii, the nettle leaved mullein.  It is on its second flush of flowers and has avoided any attack from the mullein moth caterpillar this year.  So a gold star to you.

Calopsis paniculata
Calopsis paniculata

Now something a little more unusual, the restio Calopsis paniculata.  I bought this at Powderham Garden Festival a couple of years ago.   At Cliffe we grew another restio, Elegia capensis, and since then I have been a fan of this South African grass/bamboo melange.

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

We have been growing our Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ in a pot for the last seven years and although it is not what I would call “happy” is it what I would call “hanging on in there”.  In the recent storms it fell over several times.   Cruel really.  I especially love the leaves at this time of  year, just before they fall. Like stained glass.

Hylotelephium 'Matrona'
Hylotelephium ‘Matrona’

What do we have now, oh yes, the name changer.  This is Hylotelephium ‘Matrona’ formally the artist known as Sedum ‘Matrona’.  This plant is particularly unusual as it was chosen and paid for by my long suffering OH.  Great taste.  Well he chose me didn’t he?  Or was it the other way around?

Hedychium greenii
Hedychium greenii

Finally, one that I tempted you with a few weeks ago, the incredible Hedychium greenii.  Not green, but orange.

So that is it for another week.  Thanks Mr P.  Upwards and onwards!




17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – I’m Back

  1. How nice to see you again, you were of couse deeply missed. I have the sedum, although it is languishing in a pot, haven’t planted it out yet. If finished flowering a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps those two facts are related. I am quite taken by your verbascum. Sigh. Another to add to the want list.

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  2. The Fuchsia is wonderful and the Verbascum beautiful, I must try the latter again, I also had it in white. The Sedum was indeed a ‘good taste’ gift, may you receive many more. No Saturday Six from me today, broadband is behaving beautifully but my poorly camera is off for repair.

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  3. Nah, we didn’t miss you. Well you were only absent in spirit, as it were! 😉 Must give that Verbascum a go. Been meaning to try the real perennial type for a while. Love a good stonecrop too. And Cercis in a pot? That’s really off the edge! I’d never have thought you could contain one for that long.

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  4. I DID miss you! “Where’s Gill?” I thought to myself. I’ve got these Verbascum volunteering all over the gravel sections of the property: driveway and walkways. They don’t look as beautiful as yours does, though. “Why?” I wonder. Maybe I need to take a closer look. The Hedychium is very handsome, indeed.

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