Six on Saturday – Ruthless

Bidens 'Firelight'

Beware, I am in a ruthless mood today.  Inhabitants of the garden that have not been performing to my exacting standards have been extradited to the green bin.  Oleander that has never flowered, promised once but was only joking – Out!  Dead stick thing that has been in extensive care for so long the label has rubbed clean – Out!  Scrubby grass with no aesthetic merit whatsoever but for some perverse reason I have always felt sorry for – Out!  OH has been hiding.

I feel cleansed and ready to write my Six on Saturday.  We are semi-anarchic group led by Prop Guevara, take a look at his manifesto and all will become clear.  You will also meet others in this band of merry folk.

My first offering is Bidens ‘Firelight’.  I am fond of bidens.  They seem to like me too.

Next we have Impatiens puberula,  which earlier this year I transferred from its pot in the back garden into a large barrel in the front garden.  After an initial period of homesickness, it has settled in very well, spreading dramatically and beginning to flower well.  It is not surprising that it is a little ragged around the edges.  The very un-British weather we are enjoying hasn’t really suited this native of cool moist forests in Nepal.

You can have too much of a good thing.  This Verbascum chaixii, the nettle leaved mullein, has done too well.  After it has flowered, in the autumn I suppose, it will be lifted and divided and shared to all and sundry.  In the meantime it is providing a feeding station for bees, no caterpillars spotted yet.

Catanache caerula 'Alba'

Catanache caerulea ‘Alba’, or the white cupid’s dart, is next.   I grew this from seed last year.   The joy of seeing a flower bloom that you have propagated never diminishes.


Now a watsonia seedling, a bit of a tender Terry, it was one of the many I was worried about earlier in the year.  It is not flowering as prolifically as it did last year, but I can forgive it for the harsh treatment it withstood.  The colour is wonderful.


Sat on the steps earlier, worn out by my tyranny, I felt that I was being watched.  Glancing sideways at the pot of begonias to my right, I saw this little chap, who kindly stayed in position whilst I dashed inside to get my camera.  As for the rest of the plants, you can all relax now.  For the moment anyway.

That is that.  All done.  Thanks for your leadership Propman.  Next week perhaps …..


25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Ruthless

  1. I never could have identified those first three. The bidens looks like cosmos. The impatiens looks like solanum. (Just look at it as if you don’t know what it is.) The verbascum looks like . . . something completely unfamiliar because I have never worked with it before. So . . . who is Ruth and where did she go?

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  2. Great grasshopper capture! I’ve got that Verbascum. It throws off lots of seeds and I’m sure I’ll have lots more plants next year, unless I can steel myself to follow your virtuous example.


  3. What a pretty flower the Watsonia has. I had one, but pulled it out because of thuggish behaviour. Sorry now! Love the photo of your little companion.

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  4. Impatiens puberula is a classic example of what is known to a small coterie of people (with a shared history) as a “Ben plant”. I grow quite a few “Ben plants” but not that one. I tried, failed and gave up.


  5. Years ago as I was ooo-ing over a holly seedling in my rose bed, a more experienced gardener told me I had to be ruthless if I were going to one. I’ve never earned my badge in the ruthlessness, & am slightly trembling in fear at your prowess. Really love that watsonia, btw.

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      1. So agree about the need to be ruthless. It comes to me in waves. Also enjoying the pleasure of growing from seeds. What a stunner that grasshopper is. A six that sums up being a gardener!


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