Six on Saturday – Sunshine and Shouting

Japanese acer

First of all I must thank our glorious Six on Saturday leader, The Propagator of Lurve, for arranging this beautiful sunny day.  Take a look at his blog and all will be made clear about the SoS sect.  You may well come away more puzzled than before.  One or the other.   Anyway, this clement weather, subsection 3b “on a Saturday”, has been a long time coming.  I suppose our guru needed a little practice before he got it right.  There is no need for me to whine on about the depressing rain or snow or gales or drizzle or anything actually. People might begin to believe I am a happy, carefree kind of gal.  Here I was, proud recipient of the double whammy, inclination and opportunity, what could possibly go wrong?  But I had forgotten about external influences.  More specifically, a neighbour firing a nail gun intermittently all day, irregularly enough to make you jump a meter in the air at each shot.  In between times he was hammering, or shouting at his son, or they were both hammering or shouting, all on top of an enormous shed/store for artillery at the bottom of his garden.  Cheers mate.  Happy sunny day to you too.  Due to said suspect weapon stash I decided not to complain.  Not to him anyway.  Thanks for being a shoulder.

Let us get on with the job in hand, or it will be Sunday before we know it and I will be on the naughty step again and that Mr K will be pointing and giggling.  First of all we have a Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum, one of several we have in the garden.  All in pots.  Mainly brought from the greatly missed Woolworth’s for three shillings and thrupence.  The new foliage is a joy.

Secondly is a little alpine sink, which I replanted his last week with Sisyrinchium ‘E K Balls’, Scabiosa ‘Blue Jeans’ and Polygala chamaebuxus.  It had become overgrown and rebellious.  Now it is tamed and under my control.  I almost believed that when I typed it.  We all know different.

Virburnum x burkwoodiiNext is Viburnum x burkwoodii, an inherited shrub which battles on in the front garden, abused by weather and ignored by gardeners.  Until today.  Earlier in the week I visited some friends at The Round House in Ilfracombe.  One friend told me that, along with Daphne ‘Jaqueline Postil’, this hybrid was their favourite winter into spring scent.   Today, working in the front garden, the fragrance was incredible, both near and far.  How did I miss this?

On to the obligatory tulip, this time Tulipa ‘Blue Diamond’.  Not blue, no diamonds.  Pretty though.

Fritillaria meleagris 'Alba'

Now for a trio of white fritillaries, Fritillaria meleagris ‘Alba’.  This is a strange time of year, my gaze is intent on summer and I sometimes forget to appreciate the spring flowers that have struggled through such horrendous weather.  Although not as dramatic as its checkerboard brother, this albino sibling, with just a little blush on the shoulders, is a lovely light in the border.

And finally we have Fat Ol posing by a primrose.  Such a handsome lad and a great “help” to me in the garden.  Cat Help, that is.   This entails throwing himself in front of my feet causing me to do a cha cha cha in order to avoid standing on him, scratching posts in a virile manner, meowing at a pitch just above high C, insisting on attention when he wants it but ignoring me when I want it.  The usual.

Thanks to El Prop for another week of Six on Saturday and of course the good weather.  Same time, same place?

 

 

 

 

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.