Six on Saturday – Most Things Come to Those Who Wait

The garden has changed significantly over the last couple of weeks. After the shock of the hot dry summer, which seemed to stall growth, a few weeks of clement weather allowed the plants to come into their own, albeit a little late. Now, several severe batterings by wind and rain later, the garden has had a ballot amongst its members and declared defeat. All is beginning to shut down. Many are showing battle scars. There are exceptions, a few last hurrahs. If you would like to see what else is going on in Six on Saturday-land, where and how the gardeners of the world are doing their thing, pop over to Jim’s and all will be revealed. Well perhaps not all, but a tantalising glimpse. Shall we shake a leg?

First, we have Salvia leucantha ‘Purple Velvet’, another newby from fellow salvia lover Creigiau John. It is in a pot sunk into The Bed of Anarchy all ready to be taken into the relative warmth of the greenhouse. If I get taken unawares by Jack Frost, there are well-rooted cuttings. Sorted. I hope I haven’t tempted fate.

This Pennisetum villosum was grown from seed collected from some cut heads given to me in North Devon. It has been hidden from view by an exuberant dahlia and needs much more room to shine. In my winter reshuffle it will be given just that.

This Tibouchina urvilleana has the look of a wily tom cat after a rough night on the tiles. There are many other buds, which, if the weather is kind, might yet make some pretty pictures.

Onto Salvia confertifolia, yep that darned Creigiau John again. Just coming into flower and I realise that I have no cuttings. It might be a full excavation.

Now, Bulbinella frutescens, having a second flush of flowers. I think this needs lifting for the winter, it might struggle to get through a soggy Welsh winter. It’s on the list.

Yep, it has eventually arrived, the first flower of Brugmansia sanguinea. Better late than never.

That is your lot, my friends. Until the next time.

28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Most Things Come to Those Who Wait

  1. Like Katharine this morning, you showed us the brugmansia sanguinea and the tibouchina both in bloom and they are also magnificent. Bravo ! Since it works well in your gardens, a bit further north, it should work here too so it’s on my wish list for 2023

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  2. You have some beauties here – and I am most impressed they are growing in wet Welsh Wales. ‘Purple Velvet’ is gorgeous, I want to stroke my screen, but that might seem a little nuts.

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  3. Hilarious about the doubt snap Gill – and I also have a salvia leucantha just coming into flower so it could have been 3 out of 6! Love your pennisetum – the white fluffiness is delightful.

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  4. Salvia leucantha is such an excellent Salvia! It grows so big and round, and blooms so profusely. The problem with it, and I suspect the reason that it is not more popular, is that no one knows how to take care of it. So-called ‘gardeners’ try to shear it like a little hedge, but will not cut it back after winter. It looks sooooooo shabby! I cut mine to the ground, and it grows back fast like big blue tumbleweeds! It is so excellent! Actually, I do that for a few species of Salvia. Most Salvias are good plants for our chaparral climate, even if they need a bit of water, and need to be cut back in a manner that so-called ‘gardeners’ won’t to.


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