Six on Saturday – Wet and Dry

My week panned out as follows: wet, dry, wet, slightly soggy, sunny.  It could have been worse.  I might have had a leak in both my boots and my waterproof trousers.   Luckily it was only one of the two.  Gardening has been done, but unfortunately none in my own garden.  Which possibly will not come as a surprise.  Still, it soldiers on.   And we have arrived, as is inevitable as all roads lead here, to Six on Saturday.   Undoubtedly other Six on Saturdayers are more in control of their own destiny.  To confirm this fact, The Propping Maestro’s site will reveal what a zillion other participants (fair and true without exception) have been up to.

Shall we begin with a humble beauty?  Humble is far from a bad thing.  We would benefit from much more.  I describe it as such as it is neither a rare exotic or challenging to grow.  It is a cosmos.  I was expecting another Seashell Mix but someone else turned up.  I don’t care.  I love it.

Next are a couple of canoodling New Guinea Impatiens.  These are favourites of mine, and although the flowers are prone to disfigurement, they make fine summer bedding for tricky places.

We have been battling a mystery climber, ensconced long before our arrival.  Its wicked tendrils swamping and strangling in a manner not conducive to friendly play.  Today, it revealed its true self.  Hops.  Strangely, I am now warming to it.

Now a single flower from the spike of Hedychium ‘Pradhanii’.  I will tell you it is an artistic shot.  The truth is the spike is rather haphazard and unimpressive.  This is its most photogenic side.  A diva must be placated.

Now Tithonia rotundiflora ‘Torch’ that has managed to push through the mob to show its lovely head.  Thank goodness for that.  I had wondered what had become of it.  Only in a slightly detached way, I never sent out a search party.

Finally Alyogyne huegelli.  Anyone got a clue how to say that?  Not me.  Grown from seed this year, it is rather lovely.

’til next time, my friends!

 

Six on Saturday – Once More

Roscoea purpurea

It is the weekend again and what does that mean?  No not roller disco and pints of piña colada,  it means it is Six on Saturday time!  Thanks to The Propagator for hosting this meme.

Firstly we have Roscoea purpurea, it is a dark leaved variety so may well have another name. I’m afraid any label is lost in the jungle, but I may well come across it in the future.  I am a big fan of the ginger family and, if I was to be honest about it, I have too many for my tiny garden.  And if I lose their labels I’m not sure I deserve them.  But I won’t learn.  As you will see very soon.

I buy a lot of plants.   Most of these are for other people.  It is always enjoyable spending other people’s money but sometimes it is hard to let go of my purchases.  Occasionally they have to be prised out of my hands.  This week was different and I indulged myself with two new exotics, Globba schomburgkii and Hedychium ‘Pradhanii’.  Both in the ginger family.  Oops, here we go again!  There is nowhere for them to be planted out at the moment, but I don’t care.  They are mine, all mine! For the moment they will be quite happy to remain in pots, where I can keep a close and happy eye on them.  Here is the gorgeous globba.

Globba schomburgkii

Globba schomburgkii

In my mind it is hard to beat an osteospermum and this one is no exception.  An unnamed cheap and cheerful number, living in a pot outside my back door, it rewards me with a smile every morning.

Osteospermum

Osteospermum

Next we have Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’ which was a gift from my friend Torrington Tina.  Such a pure red, I love it.

Salvia 'Royal Bumble'

Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’

Now for a mystery rose.  It was in the garden when we arrived and has been a stalwart.   This particular bloom is a nice surprise after the main tranche of fllowering earlier in the summer.

Rose

Mystery Rose

Lastly we have a penstemon.  Another genus that I have a lot of admiration for.   This particular one comes from a cutting I took in one of my client’s gardens (with permission obviously).  It is tall and dark and moody.  Perhaps ‘Raven’.  Whatever its name, it is a great beauty.

Penstemon 'Raven'

Penstemon ‘Raven’ (perhaps)

Thanks again Mr P, that’s another Saturday Six sorted, now where did I leave my leg warmers …….