Six on Saturday – Peace

Another day, another Six on Saturday. For the uninitiated, take a look at The Prop’s site and you will soon be up to speed with the inner workings of the sophisticated machine that is SoS. For those of you that wish to witness a plethora of flimsily veiled, Grade A cheekiness then take a look at what Mr K is up to. I can’t believe you actually looked?! I am very disappointed. Best to sweep that under the carpet and proceed with the task at hand, all the while silently weeping.

First, we have a crest fallen rose, a victim of this summer’s ravages. It has been suggested before by your clever selves that it is ‘Peace’. I like it. Both the sentiment and the flower.

Next, the most elegant in flower but languid in habit, Fuchsia glazioviana.

Now a disappointment. Yes, another one. This is, supposedly, Agapanthus inapertus ‘Midnight Cascade’. I have been waiting for it to flower for an age or two. After my initial euphoria, I now believe it to be an imposter. Life is like that sometimes, still the dark stem is rather nice.

On to Campanula ‘Loddon Anna’. It is a relatively new arrival but already has been subjected to the trauma of OH trimming the grisselina behind. Which cost it its first flowering stem. I said nothing. Let me remind you; peace is the preferred option.

Now the glorious Gladiolus papilio ‘Ruby’. I can’t beat glorious I’m afraid.

Lastly, a Dahlia coccinea seedling, dark-leaved and sultry. A great favourite of both myself and the slugs and snails. Sometimes I am not quite so peaceful.

That is yer lot you mottley crew! ‘Til the next time. Be safe and happy, my friends.

Six on Saturday (again)

Impatiens stenantha

So here we are again.  It seems that in the correct order of things it is indeed Saturday again.  And we all know what that means.  You don’t?  It means Six on Saturday, the meme that The Propagator curates.  This is the second week in a row.  A small miracle. So let’s get going.

Firstly we have Impatiens stenantha which was a gift from the Cornish Kid.  This busy lizzy relative is from the Himalayas where it grows in woodlands.  Not quite the North Devon coast, but it seems to be doing well and over-winters without too much trouble.

Next we have Hibiscus trionum.  Not the exotic hibiscus of the Arabian Nights and but an annual with its own charms.  The seed was kindly given to me by Phlomis Phlo and I will make sure I save some from this plant for next year.  Understated and elegant, a real beauty.  Remind you of anyone?  No I thought not.

Hibiscus trionum

Hibiscus trionum

I do love a scabious and this Scabiosa ‘Blue Jeans’ is getting on with life, feeding the bees, looking pretty, minding its own business.  Just as well as it gets little attention from the gardener.

Scabiosa 'Blue Jeans'

Scabiosa ‘Blue Jeans’

After the trug of potatoes were harvested earlier in the year I decided to sow a mix of cut-and-come again lettuce and rocket.  All started positively, it germinated well, then thing went swiftly downhill. All but a few rocket plants were scoffed overnight by slugs.  These survivors have now gone to flower.  But I quite like them.  After all a flower is a flower.

Rocket Flower

Rocket Flower

This is Fuchsia glazioviana, and no I wasn’t having a nap when I took this photo.  One of its charms is the way it holds its elegant flowers out at an angle, as opposed the usual dingly dangly blooms. A low growing and, once established, trouble free plant.  I am a big fan.

Fuchsia glazioviana

Fuchsia glazioviana

And lastly another fuchsia, although quite different to our friend above.  Earlier this year I wrote how I had rescued the diminutive Fuchsia procumbens ‘Variegata’ from being swamped by the big guys.  It is now safely ensconced in a pot and much, much happier.  I do love a happy ending.

Fuchsia procumbens 'Variegata'

Fuchsia procumbens ‘Variegata’

So there we have it, another six for your delectation.  Next week is a world away, who knows what it will bring?  If we are very lucky, it will be another half dozen.  Thanks Mr Prop for hosting this meme.