Six on Saturday – Interloper

A Six on Saturday update from Inbetweensville; house viewings are proceeding and a couple of “close but no cigar”, life Chez Maman rumbles along nicely, gardening is good. The optimism tank is not empty just yet. The interim pot garden is doing well and Peggy is not subtle in her demands for the future, “As the plants are now in my garden, they are now officially mine and must stay when you leave.” she announced the other day. This reminded me of when my lovely Cloggie Sister-in-Law first visited the family mansion in Cornwall and foolishly left her chocolate unattended in the fridge. “Stop! That is Ellen’s chocolate!” my Mum proclaimed, as she caught my Dad unashamedly tucking in. “But is is my fridge” he reasoned. End of story. Where chocolate was concerned, there were no holds barred. Lessons were learned. In our house the Easter Bunny ate our Easter eggs, meaning they had to be secreted with the utmost stealth. Which might explain a lot. For less tragic, more floriferous, stories you would be advised to check out what our SoS leader, The Prop, is up to. I am sure he would never take candy from a baby.

Onto my contribution, as tempus is, as always, fugiting. This week, after an initial smack in the chops, my six are rather muted. I will explain. I have been let down. Again. Which has turned me from from the bright side to the subtle side. All will be revealled in the fullness of time. Actually in the next paragraph.

I should know by now not to gloat. It seldom ends well. A few months ago I swaggered, very unattractively, after finally acquiring Lilium ‘Forever Susan’ . Never believe what you read on the label. It is not even close. Still, it is big and bright and very orange and is getting on rather well with Rosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. Small mercies. I’m not giving up in my quest, I will nab that ‘Susan’ if it is the last thing I do! Until then I am focusing on delicate hues in the (my) pot garden.

Next, a darling, dusky, Primula capitata ‘Noverna Deep Blue’ which has got on and done the business without fuss or fancy. Respect.

Now, we have a stonking great seed capsule of Trillium sessile, the one I grew from seed and was recently reunited with. I am watching and waiting and wondering if I have the patience to sow more seed. Anyone interested? What I mean is, is anyone interested in some seed, not if I am going to grow any, which is not very interesting.

Onto, the first flower of my dwarf French bean ‘Tendergreen’. Very pretty. Now get on and give me a bean!

Number five is Impatiens arguta ‘Alba’, just coming into to flower and very welcome at that.

Lastly we have Dahlia merckii, a gift from the ever generous Anna in Cumbria. This year she has shined like the star she is! Thank you.

All done, keeping staying well and safe, my friends. ‘Till the next time.

27 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Interloper

  1. Tempus is fugiting! 🤔 My Latin teacher would have given me a clip on the ear. However the (non-existent) creativity guru would have smiled and encouraged.
    Your Inbetweenville is a story of encouragement! I’d take the dahlia and primula before the trillium seed.

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  2. Oh I’d love a bit of Dahlia merckii, but unsure would our customs gurus burn it in transit?
    Is is unusual for primulas to be flowering in July? I’ve got several that I moved to a shady corner and they just keep on going! Shocked but in a pleasant way

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  3. Trillium albidum and T. chloropetalum are very good to sow their own seed here in the garden and I reckon growing your own from seed is the way to go. I have found so often that bought trilliums are inclined to do no more than simply exist in the garden and certainly are not inclined to bulk up and get on with growing.

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  4. I just love the way your prose makes me smile, and titter. I reckon you would be the best sort of garden lecturer: experienced, funny and charming. + you have shown me a fab primula. You know how to make this sis content! Happy hunting.

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  5. Love your chocolate in the fridge story, and your Dad’s response, what a cheeky chap! Here I get very upset when ‘my’ chocolate gets eaten and have taken to hiding it in very odd places. I even left a note in the cookie jar that says ‘No luck’. So petty! Anyway, you had better hide your plants, including the fabulously orange lily and the lovely demure dahlia.

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  6. ‘Interloper’ sounds so bad. (I had to look it up.) The rest is so optimistic though. I do not understand the allure of Trillium, although I am getting to like those that grow wild here just because everyone else seems to think they are something really interesting. Only Trillium albidum, Trillium chloropetalum and Trillium ovatum are native here, and I am not certain if I have ever seen Trillium albidum. The other two show up in weird places. Because I have not been able to relocate any to more appropriate places, I prefer to just work around them.

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  7. I think you could turn your mother’s logic to your own advantage. I live here too at the moment, so whatever is in the garden is mine too. I love the primula and what an unusual impatiens. Good luck with the house hunting.

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  8. I can’t believe ‘Forever Susan’ is being so elusive. What a triumph it will be when it is found. Bean flowers are so pretty and I love the Impatiens arguta ‘Alba’ – thank heavens for copy and paste!

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  9. I love the fridge tale! Brilliant! Your lily looks like my Orange Pixie which hasn’t appeared this year. unsurprising since I dumped all my lily bulbs a couple of years ago due to being fed up of the S&S eating the budding buds. Though a couple of flowers did appear last year! I hate to say this but I either have a problem with my eyesight or you have some black aphids – on the pretty primrose and possibly the beans.

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