Six on Saturday – Long Live the King

Did anything happened whilst I was away? I believe it did. It seems we have a new ruler. The Prop has handed his crown and sceptre to Jim at Garden Ruminations, who will now be in charge of all things Six on Saturday. Great work Prop, you did a sterling shift. You brought a disparate bunch of ne’er do wells together, from across the globe and beyond, only for us to discover we had a lot more in common than just plants. I’m sure Jim will follow keenly in your footsteps. He’s a good ‘un. Shall we look at some plants?

I’ve been trying to get a decent photo of Salvia patens for a little while, to no avail. It is in a non traditional, rather shady, position for a salvia. Although it seems to be rallying rather well, it is not ideal for photographs. Here is a half decent attempt. Still, it is blue and a salvia, we could forgive a lot less.

I read on Fred’s insta/twitter/something feed that a final flower was emerging on his brugmansia. Mine has been a little ungenerous in the blooming department ie nothing. Ever hopeful, I dashed (waddled) out to see if mine had any late intent and low and behold there were a couple of buds. Hope they make it.

Another “nearly there” is Tibouchina urvilleana, just coming into bud. Every year we have to weather the self same will it/won’t it conundrum. Ever the optimistic, I am sticking with “it will”. This winter it will spend the worst of the weather undercover (did I mention my new greenhouse?) and hopefully will not get its annual knock back. We shall see if it thanks me for this cosseting.

The impatiens floundered during the dry spell, often dramatically so. It made me doubt the sense in growing these beauties. Rain and mild temperatures have revived them and they have shone throughout these autumn months, causing me to doubt my own misgivings. Impatiens flanaganae has flowered intermittently, each and every bloom savoured.

I don’t know exactly when, but a couple of weeks ago, I sowed some oriental salad leaves. Tonight (last night if we are pretending that I am typing this on Saturday morning) we had some for our tea. I would like to be better at edibles, but the ornamentals always win though, each small victory a triumph. They were delicious and very pretty.

Finally, possibly my favourite salvia, Salvia corrugata. More tender than the rugged leaves would imply, it is the perfect blue-jean navy to set my heart a-racing.

That is your lot. Hope the week is kind to you. Let us hope that other leaders can take good example from SoS and sort themselves out. And yes, of course they read it!

41 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Long Live the King

  1. Do you have new greenhouse?!! I sometimes look at my mini greenhouse and wonder if I should have gone for the next size up – although I suspect we wouldn’t have been able to get through the side gate if I had. The Salvia patens is a stunning colour. I have a feeling my mother-in-law has one – I must attempt a cutting. The salad leaves look very pretty and tasty.

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  2. To promote the opening of the brug flower, you can remove a few of lower leaves, and water the pot of course ( and put the plant in a greenhouse if this is not the case?)
    The tibouchina seems a little more advanced.
    Fingers crossed that they open before Christmas

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  3. I’m pleased you are enjoying Salvia corrugata. It looks tough, but it succumbed even in the sheltered garden, but I bet it will be one to overwinter in your fab new greenhouse. Have a good week.

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  4. I commend you on your oriental leaves – mine became more lace than leaf – flea beetles perhaps? – and were consigned to the compost bin. I might try them in hanging baskets next year as it may be the only way I’ll get to taste them. Lovely blue on the salvia. I must try growing some next year.


  5. I envy you your oriental salad – I attempted growing some twice this year and both times they either failed to germinate or did and bolted before I could pick any leaves. And those salvias – drool….
    I just can’t seem to keep them at all, too wet?

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  6. Lovely salvia. Every autumn I wish I’d got lots and lots of them. Sadly, I have none in the garden. I have a brugmansia though which is still outside and still chucking out the odd flower. It will go into the greenhouse next week. I struggle to do a 6 on Saturday lately – part laziness, part too busy with other things – but I am musing on combining a knitting and gardening blog….

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  7. Your climate must be milder than I believe it to be. Brugmansia gets slightly damaged by frost even here. I would not expect it to survive in climates with cooler winters. Tibouchina are likewise somewhat sensitive to frost. Of course, I am unfamiliar with your particular species. Perhaps it is not so sensitive to frost.

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