Six on Saturday – The Exceptions

There is a vague theme for my Six on Saturday this week. My contribution consists of mainly fuchsias with a couple of interlopers thrown in for a little spice. I find it difficult to focus on one subject for too long. Fuchsias were never my favourite, especially the frouncy, doily ones. As the years have passed and I have matured into a sophisticated citizen of the world (quiet in the cheap seats!), they have wheedled their way into my heart. Not so much Mrs Frillypants, but there is still time. Hop on over to our Leader, The Mighty Prop, to find out what the rest of the gang have been up to. Let us begin.

First, we have an unnamed fuchsia, which was in residence when we bought the house. It never disappoints. We give it a big chop back at the beginning of the year and if it oversteps the marks. It lives in the teeth of the north wind, which seems all too frequent even in summer, and never complains. I should take some cuttings.

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Another inherited plant is Buddleja ‘Black Knight’, lording over the aforementioned fuchsia in the front garden. Much loved by sparrows and flutterbys.

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Onto the diddy Fuchsia microphylla, or similar, there are many varieties in this category. Like many in our garden, it lives in a pot where it gets sporadic attention. It might be small in flower and leaf, but the shrub, if allowed to thrive, can reach 2m in height.

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Now Fuchsia ‘Thalia’, just coming into bloom. I am fond of the slender flowered specimens, members of the Triphylla Group, with their clusters of elegant drop ear-rings. They are somewhat tender, but this one has over wintered without protection for a couple of years. But if The Beast came a-calling, I would worry for its safety.

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Next Fuchsia hatschbachii. I rage against the inclusion of this, admittedly beautiful, fuchsia. Fabulous flowers, dainty pink boots, but a spelling nightmare.

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Lastly, the golden Crocosmia ‘Colleton Fishacre’. Dark foliage, shining flowers, the early morning sun. Win, win, win. Always end with a bang.

Adios my friends, stay well and safe.

26 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – The Exceptions

  1. Ah, the diddy F. microphylla. Diddy? I had to dig mine up. “Can reach”… “. 2 metres that way but 3 the other way! I’ve got a garden, not a country estate like the Mantles! Still, I made it today. But can still only comment only on your blog and only if I use the phone. I can “like” you on the phone and “like” Mr P on the desktop (both only). I give up. 🤔

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    • You must have been very kind to your Diddy for it to grow so well, and then cruel of course when you dug it up! I’m sure you will sort it in the end. Mine had a funny turn today, decided to copy the whole thing randomly at the bottom of the post. Glad you are back, even though it is in part. x

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  2. I love your fuchsias. We have Mrs Popple too, she never lets us down but does need a hack back in spring or she would take over the garden. So reliable. I have a couple of others, but I don’t know the names or the species, and they are both martyrs to fuchsia gall mite which Mrs Popple seems to resist. I cut them all back in summer, mostly to try to beat the gall mite and I usually get a good early flowering then its back again and stunts and disfigures the foliage and buds. Its such a shame, the one has beautiful yellow foliage and big blooms. I must do a bit of research.

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  3. Nice collection of Fuchsias…I can feel a desire to grow Crocosmia now that I have seen your beautiful Cleton Fishacre. I have this spreadsheet with all my wants..and a link when to buy, and the best time to buy them. Hope I remember to look it up! I would like to buy them as corms early next year. Is that how you got yours?

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  4. I’m noticing quite a lot of fuchsias this summer, it’s a plant that I’ve never grown. I think I could be persuaded – I like the unnamed fuchsia, which I think you’ve now identified – all these Sixers are so helpful. 😁 The Crocosmia is certainly enjoying the sun – it’s not a variety I’m familiar with, but looks particularly lovely.

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  5. Wow! I do not mean to ignore your fuchsias, but that crocosmia is rad! I saw a lighter yellow crocosmia when I was a kid, but did not get a copy of it. It was not a cultivar, but just an aberration of the common orange sort growing on the side of the road. Yes, I know it is ‘just’ crocosmia, but that color is pretty.

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  6. Fashions go round in cycles and the fuchsia seems to have come around for its time in the limelight again. They are great plants, such a length of flowering and easy to care for, easy to propagate.

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  7. I like Fuchsias. They are very good for colour in the north courtyard where I have to grow everything in pots. Last year wasn’t good though as they suffered from rust. This year they have behaved themselves. I have a delicate white one, but the others are fairly typical. I also have a so called diddy one in the back garden – Cornish Pixie – which seems to be in flower 12 months of the year, and is certainly not that diddy, other than the wee flowers of course 🙂

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  8. Love your Fuchsias but please don’t rage against poor hatschbachii, it can’t help what it got called and I think it is a gem. I love mine.

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