Six on Saturday – Everything And

Who invited the snow? Actually it was more of a short sleet flurry here, but I do like to fit in with the crowd. Still, cold and windy is not my spring weather of choice, nor, more importantly, is it the plants’. I’ve been thinking about the garden this week, about themes and colour schemes and genius loci. Then I thought “no, you daft mare, no planning, just find plants you love, put then where they tell you they want to go and enjoy the process.” Which is just as well, because I do have an eclectic taste and although I have a few favourites: salvia, impatiens, hedychiums, I wouldn’t want to exclude anybody. It has been decided, I’m going to chuck everything but the kitchen sink at it. A man of great discretion, never lacking in style, is our meme-tor, The Prop, take a look at what he and his minions have been up to. Now, shall we proceed?

First, joy of joys, the lily purporting to be ‘Forever Susan’ is emerging from the primula. I have been deceived twice by interlopers, but that is all behind me now. I have a feeling in my bones that this time it will be the right plant. Probably.

Last summer, OH bought me an unnamed epimedium from a stall outside someones house that he happened to be walking past. Who said romance was dead? Or does it sound dodgy? It is most likely a vigorous sulphureum and I am very pleased for that as I have planted it in a rather inhospitable position, very shady, very dry. Seems to be doing just fine so far.

A new, yet to be planted out, addition to the family is this Polemonium ‘Blue Ensign’. It came with two companions, ‘Sissinghurst White’ and ‘Pink Dawn’. Neither are as far on as this little beauty, but both are looking spritely enough and will not be rushed.

Soon there will be Italian Anemones! I think this one will be Mistral Fucsia (sic). Happy days.

Now a euphorbia donated by my sponsor, well it was a self seeder and I asked nicely. Mind you, he is a very generous man, although he would have you think otherwise. Not sure which plant spawned this little beauty, it could be Bonfire. The chartreuse flowers are set off wonderfully against the ruddy stems and foliage.

I may have misled you. I’ve even got the kitchen sink! Inside are two tiles bought for us by Hero on one of her adventures and have been waiting patiently for a permanent home. Which is not inside the sink, I hasten to add. Quite what will the sink become, I am not sure yet. Wet or dry. Mini-pond or mini-alpine bed. We shall see. I am quite certain that OH does not want to carry it much further.

That is your lot, my lovelies. Have a good week, keep on keeping on.

32 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Everything And

  1. Your SoS posts have become the precursor to a weekly check around the garden to see if anything you feature has mysteriously disappeared from mine. Pleased to report you’ve passed the test again. 😊

    I’m hoping I also have some Susans here. Trouble is mine are in a container. I have two lily containers without labels and I don’t know which contains Susan and which contains Rose.

    But, praise be, today’s check did reveal some new arrivals in the form of hog products. So I’m happy. I’ll bag some up for you to place strategically in yours so you can feature them next week.

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    1. The epimedium leaves are a delightful shape, and the Italian anemone is looking pleasingly hirsute. I need to get my hands on some more varieties of euphorbia – are they easy to grow from seed?

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      1. Though they seem healthy, mine have never self-seeded. I wonder if they’re not the self-seeding kind or if the conditions are wrong? Or perhaps I need to display some patience.

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  2. ‘Planting scheme?’ What is this thing of which you speak?! That’s a very pretty euphorbia and those tiles are very nice indeed. I must check whether there are any signs of the ancient lily in the garden. It’s been accidentally dug up so many times I always fear it will give up.

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  3. I love those epimedium leaves too. And the Italian anemones sounds so wonderful, can’t wait to see them in flower. I have spent many hours working on planting schemes only to find I can’t source the plants! So yes, kitchen sink is the way to go! PS I do like your little photo with the gardening footwear and fork. Have I missed that before?? Or is it new?

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      1. Talking of whicb, you have said, several times, that you still have the golden boots and that they still fit. I think it’s about time you produced them for verification.


  4. I was a kitchen sink sort of gardener when coming here after 10 years without a proper garden, but now I have realised that some of the plants I like do not like my garden, so this year is a sit back and take stock year. I am curious to what you do with the actual kitchen sink as I have one which has been an alpine sink, but I’m now considering changing to a mini pond. As you say, moving it is challenging… especially with my back.

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  5. It would be heart breaking to exclude some plants you really love in order to make a garden that somehow ‘looks better’. I seem to recall even Russell Page, designer of grand pared back gardens, said his own dream garden would consist of small beds filled with all his favourite treasures.

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  6. Anemones are so enviable! I saw some growing quite nicely in the Pacific Northwest. One exceptional specimen was in a mostly abandoned garden at a guest house where I stayed. The vigorous new growth was emerging through the frosted remains of growth of last year. The ‘can’ grow here, but do not perform well. A neighbor grew a few that bloomed very nicely, but also quite briefly. I do not know how or why they grew as well as they did there, when they languished in my garden. Supposedly, they can grow in milder climates even farther south, but I doubt that they are worth the bother. I have read about dumping ice on them, but seriously, as much as I like them, there are easier flowers to grow.

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      1. Anemones?! Oh my! What I meant . . . or what I was thinking, was peonies! Anyway, neither perform well here, so I would not want to share. Thank you though. They are pretty in pictures, and other climates, and we do have a few common anemones here, but it is better to grow what performs well.

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  7. Italian? Anemones? can’t wait to see them. Hedychiums elude me – soil won’t hold enough water for them though the humidity is right. I love your garden design concept…listen to the plants?

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