Six on Saturday – Hope

Welcome to this week’s Six on Saturday.  My theme, and I do like a theme even if I do tend to go off piste, is “hope”.   I googled “what is hope?” and I was presented with two options.  Firstly; a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.  It was however the second, archaic, definition that I believe is most relevant; a feeling of trust.  When Pandora inadvertently released a truckload of woes into the world by opening her famous box, hope was left behind, jammed in a corner at the bottom no doubt.  Hope is not always easy to hold onto, but we must try, and we must trust in the future.

This morning I was up early wandering around the garden in my PJ’s taking photographs, the neighbours are used to it now, and I found lots to shout about.  Horticulturally speaking this is a time of great hope, seeds are beginning to germinate, plants sprouting, plans are huge and expectations immense.  If you would like to know more about SoS, all the information you could possible want, and much, much more, is over at our leader The Proptastic Mr Prop’s site.  Shall we begin?

First we have the valiant Rhodotypos scandens with its corrugated lime green leaves just beginning to emerge.  The photo is a bit blurry, but it was blowing a Klondike gale out there this morning.  All winter it rocked and rolled on its roots in the frozen hinterland of the front garden, but it has come through undaunted.  Soon the flowers, perfect in their simplicity, will give me joy each time I walk up the garden path.

Next the flowers of a pot grown blueberry.  Yesterday I suggested to OH that we get rid of it, or donate it to someone else who would look after it better, as it isn’t very productive.  I think it is flowering just to make me feel guilty, which of course I do.  Plans for its demise are on hold.

This Impatiens stenantha should really be snoozing, or perhaps just emerging, but it has had insomnia all winter long.  The leaves are beautiful with their toothed red edges.  An early flowering perhaps?

The Lavandula pinnata has also not slept.  It is like having a garden of hyperactive teenagers at a sleepover.  Unlike teens, I am confident unremitting flowering will not make them grumpy or late for school.

Soon there will be tulips.  These look sturdy and full of potential.  I can’t remember what varieties they are, we are all in for a surprise, hopefully a good one.

Lastly, a kindness.  At this moment in this world’s turbulent history some people are having toilet rolls and pasta left on their doorsteps by caring neighbours.  I had a Woodwardia radicans and a packet of tigridia seed.  Thanks Hero, you know how to make me happy!

That is your lot.  Stay safe and stay happy my friends.  ‘Til next time.

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.