Six on Saturday – Racing Time

I have begun to wonder how I got everything done when I was working.  The time seems to fly between Six on Saturdays and I am only getting done half of what I set out to achieve.  There is definitely no time dragging around here.  Busy but not frantic is the best way to be in these strange times.  If you want to see what the other SoSers are up to, pop over to our leader,  Dr Prop’s, blog and all will be revealed.  Shall we proceed?

First of all we have Osteospermum ‘JK’, which has just begun to flower.  It got me thinking.  Every so often I promise someone a piece of something from my garden.  This is not lightly offered.  But I forget.  Now I started have a list.  I remember that I offered someone a piece of this osteospermum, but I can’t remember who it was.  Would you please remind me and I will write it down and then it will become real.  The same goes for any other non-appearing promises.  And no, Mr P, I didn’t promise you a tenner.

Another new bloomer this week is the much-mentioned Pelargonium cordifolium var. rubrocinctum which has sailed through another winter with little protection.  Mind you it was an extremely mild winter, but all the same Pellies aren’t partial to rain and we certainly had plenty of that.  I love the orange pollen, the giant veined upper petals and diminutive lower ones, and of course the heart-shaped leaves.  It is also a great favourite of bees, although I think they would single out the delicious pollen.

Next we have Jovellana punctata.  This Jim’s fault.  No argument, the blame can be laid one hundred per cent at his feet.  Last week he wrote (and I paraphrase) “I bought a gorgeous plant from Treseders, a nursery packed full of temptation for even the most hard-hearted gardener, and don’t you know they have an on-line delivery service, please google them immediately and have a rummage”.  I mean seriously, I had no chance whatsoever!

The apple trees are in blossom, as I am sure they are across the northern hemisphere.  You just can’t beat it.  Simple.  And then a bee came along to complete the picture.  She may have previously visited the pelargonium.

Earlier this week I gave a big chop to the encroaching honeysuckle/exochorda melange. Underneath I found this white-with-a-hint-of-green aquilegia.  It is now possibly shielding its eyes crying “not the light”.  Sorry.

Crazy yellow fringed tulip.  There had to be one.  Out with a bang.

Until next week, stay safe and well my friends.  And keep on keeping on.



49 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Racing Time

  1. Oh, I would have been just as tempted by the Jovellana as you! What a delightful thing it is, with its little upside down teacups. Lovely to see your garden coming into flower.

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  2. This morning, I drove in front of the house of the neighbors who have a border filled with osteospermums like yours and I thought that they might also resist winter in my garden?.. I love these flowers.
    I didn’t know the Jovellana punctata, thank you for sharing it

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  3. Lots of lovely flowers. That aquilegia is very pretty. My wife and I have been appreciating the apple blossom on our evening strolls. I sniffed some the other week and then started worrying that others may have sniffed it too! Off to have a look at that nursery online now… Stay safe and well too.

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  4. Oh no. I overlooked Jim’s blog last week and now I’ve learned about Treseders from you. I will definitely be rummaging online. Love your pellie close up. I need to get closer to my pellies with my camera lens. Keep safe.

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  5. Such a nice half dozen, not sure what’s my fav, tho the tulip is wonderful. Love that smack of frilly yellow. But also the pellie & jovellana punctata which I’d never seen before. Such wonderful blooms on that one. The white columbine, simply delightful. Glad you got your blog written after all.

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  6. My colleague used to get me to purchase seed online and have it sent to him first. The intention was for him to take what he wanted, and then send the remnants to me. Well, you can imagine how that worked out. What makes it worse is that I did it more than once, and actually a few times. I know he won’t send me leftovers, but he enjoys it so. That started before we did these things online. It was done by mail with a check.

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      1. Actually, it was more important for him to trial things than it was for me. I can grow just about anything, but that does not necessarily mean that just about anything is good for other gardens. My colleague provides more accurate and practical assessments of the performance of the varieties I am interested in. I mean, he actually grows them in his home garden, rather than in a regimented row crop like setting as I would do. I know the basic information of the species, but my colleague can compare the various varieties within the species. My readers appreciated that.


  7. Wow! That tulip really smacks you in the eye! And thank you for solving an ID problem I have had for several years – Jovellana violacea / violet teacup flower – yours looked so much like a violet one I saw in the Penlee gardens years ago, but I have never been able to find out what it is (or was, I think on my last visit it had disappeared). Not knowing a plant’s name really bugs me.
    here’s a link to a post where you’ll see the bush on the header photo:

    My osteos are flowering too, except the Tresco Purple but that’s because I cut it back hard a few weeks ago. They are my favourite daisy 🙂

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    1. Glad to be of service! J. violacea was on offer too, but I thought I would try this one that I hadn’t seen before. Marwood Hill Gardens sometimes have the violacea on sale in their shop and have a lovely one growing close by.


  8. I am SO glad you followed up the note about James Treseder, if ever there was a nursery the demise of which would break my heart it’s that one. You are the second person who followed through that I know of. I had a look at his website last night but I might see if they relax restrictions on nurseries in a couple of weeks time. Isolation at his place comes as standard, there’s never anyone else there. The yellow tulip puts me in mind of the high res pictures you see of the sun.

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  9. Beautiful apple blossom. Mine isn’t in bloom yet (but getting there). I’m always weeks behind everyone else.
    The pelargonium is quite stunning, not one I”m familiar with, but I’m happily learning on Six on Saturday.
    And what a truly beautiful white aquilegia.

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  10. I love the apple blossom too and would happily grow it just for its flowers. They last longer than amelanchier and cherry blossom too. I’ve been resisting ordering plants online but I’m going to check out that nursery now.

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  11. I was the lucky recipient of two Osteospermums from you last time we met up, one mauve and one orange. Both are in flower now and waiting to be potted on again, both beautiful, thank you.

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  12. Well, good luck with the jovellana, it is so pretty but I didn’t have much success with mine, but in your balmier part of the world perhaps it will romp away. I can’t resist fringed tulips, if only they would linger longer.

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  13. That Jim has a lot to answer for. I also had a rummage in Treseder’s drawers, bought some ferns and an amethyst lips. I was impressed with the plants, seemed very well grown and a good size for the price. I’ll swap the tenner for a bit of your osteo?

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  14. A very lovely six, I’ve meandered my way through it and all the comments. It’s almost like a garden visit with friends. I’m with Tony on the white aquilegia, love the yellow tulip, the geranium and the jovellana – new to me, which leaves the apple blossom and the osteo which are also winners 🙂

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