This week my Six on Saturday is going to feature New Kids on the Block. I hope you won’t too disappointed to discover I am not talking about the 1980’s boy band but newbies in my garden. Some are very recent acquisitions, fresh out of their wrappings, some have been in town a little longer but are just getting around to flowering. All are giving me great joy at the moment. Sorry? You don’t know what Six on Saturday is all about? Well you better pop straight on over to our leader The Propagator’s site and all will be revealed. If you can’t be bothered, just try to keep up. Mind you, I would recommend a visit to El Prop, you can see what others are up to and the rules of the game and other such frippery. I will leave it up to you and your conscience. Shall we proceed.
First Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Marvel’ rescued from a bargain bin during a convenient garden centre stop off on the way to visit my Mum last week. He did not come alone. It was a bumper harvest, and although some of my crammed car of rescuees were destined for clients this was always going to be mine, mine, mine. It is indeed blue and marvellous.
Now for the beautiful Dahlia ‘Bishop of York’. This was purchased earlier in the season in a “grab all you can bulb and tuber sale”. Well that is how I read it anyway. Initially destined for another garden, it didn’t quite make it, clinging on here by its roots crying “please keep me, I will flower well for you and you will grow to love me”. How could I resist. Although there are full blooms, I rather liked the way this one is partially open. And I do love it.
Next my garlic harvest, much better than I thought it would be, laid out totally randomly to dry on our courtyard bench. The breed is Dario, which I haven’t tried before, and I’m very happy with it. Mine you, the proof is in the eating/vampire repelling.
I have had Dierama ‘Kilmurry White’ in the garden since sometime last year and I can’t even remember buying it. All I do know is that again it was a bargain. It is a wonderful pure white, and backed by the deep purple penstemon, looks a picture.
This Begonia fuchsioides was a travelling companion with the blue salvia and, considering how brittle it is, came home remarkably unscathed. It is a plant I have read about, and might even be on one of my many Lust Lists dotted around the kingdom. The only downside is that it is another Tender Trevor when I should really be buying Robust Roberts. Hey ho!
Lastly, and off the scale of loveliness, is Roscoea purpurea ‘Wisley Amethyst’. Grown in a pot, safe from the rough and tumble of the border, it is just as beautiful as I was hoping it would be. Long may it live.
That is it, all done. Until next time ….