Six on Saturday – Pale and Interesting

In my late teens, a few months after moving to Bristol, I returned to Cornwall for a first visit home. Whilst catching up with friends, someone commented that I was now “pale and interesting”. I interpretted this as he thought I looked ill. He was possibly right. This week’s Six on Saturday are pale and interesting, although none are, as far as I am aware, homesick.

First, we have Linaria ‘Fairy Bouquet’. As I am sure our Worshipful President The Prop, has a spreadsheet listing all entries in microscropic detail, double referenced, I would do well to confess that this little lovely has been featured before quite recently. This is a much paler seedling, and valiantly continuing to bloom, so doesn’t count.

Next we have a bonasi brugmansia. Brugmansia should not be bonsaied, it desperately needs to be repotted but the gardener has been lax. It is rather an embarrassment. The early morning dew captured on its hirsute foliage was an indication of the cold night. No frost yet though.

Now the ever delightful and diddy, Fuchsia microphylla. The common name is the small leaved fuchsia, although it is also small flowered. Pretty as a pixie picture. Try saying that after a pint of rough cider!

Next we have the skeletal remains of flower heads on the deep red hydrangea in the front garden. At the moment this shrub is holding new born, young, middle-aged and elderly flowers at the same time. I liked grandma the best.

Onto a rather tatty Salvia atrocyanea, doing its best in the circumstances. Blue flowers always make me a little giddy.

Lastly a magnificent tibouchina flower, but not the specimen featured last week in bud. I must confess to owning two plants, this one is Tibouchina ‘Groovy Baby’. Although not pale, it is very interesting and of course groovy, baby!

Stay safe and well my friends, I am especially thinking of those of you across the pond. Take care.

Six on Saturday – Santa’s Selection

Salvia leucantha 'Midnight'

Welcome to my festive Six on Saturday, a meme nurtured by our own horticultural elf, Mr P.

Actually, using the word “festive” is about as seasonal as this blog is going to get.  There will be no mistletoe or holly, carols or mince pies, in fact it is singularly unfestive.  Don’t get me wrong, I love love love Christmas.  I am saving all my glitter and magic for tomorrow (she boldly says) (you may  be disappointed, don’t expect The Sound of Music).

Anyway, here goes.  My first is a rather soggy Salvia leucantha ‘Midnight’ which is cosied up close to the kitchen door, along with a few others of the chosen few.  Not at its best, but who can complain about a December bloom?


Next we have a pathetic example of alpine gardening.  The intent was good, but the neglect surpassed it. The pebbles are rather attractive though, so if I were you I would concentrate on them.


Now the brugmansia bud from last week, fully unfurled.  Silly, but in a good way.

Salvia confertifolia

Another battered salvia is next, this time Salvia confertifolia, bravely soldiering on.


An apricot wallflower, practising for the spring.


Lastly a waxy euphorbia, clutching at raindrops.

Thanks Mr P, and many happy seasons greeting to you and the SoS gang.