Good morning and welcome to this week’s Six on Saturday. Today is a reasonably momentous occasion in that this is the last time I’ll be working on a Saturday for some time, possibly forever (although I doubt it)! By 7.30 I’m usually messing around in someone else’s garden, counting the minutes ’til someone brings me a cuppa char. Actually that’s a lie: the one week I’m at liberty to help myself, the alternate week I get a bacon sandwich to help keep the energy levels up. In case you’re wondering, my Better Half deals with any bloggy business that needs sorting, in the event of it not being done before I leave the house. Anyway, I’m looking forward to having Saturdays back!
As usual, The Propagator will be hosting all sorts tasty Six on Saturday treats for you to sample and enjoy. For my part, then first three are a few vaguely artistic shots of the borders; they’re particularly floriferous at the moment and worthy (in my view) of some attention:
1. Hydrangea quercifolia and friends
My Oak Leaf Hydrangea featured last week, but it looks even better now. Here it is enjoying the company of Salvias, Nepetas and the dying embers of my Derbyshire Daisy (not sure of the name). The Hydrangea has a tendency to flop over when it flowers. It looks quite nice like that, but I shall have to stake it up at some point so it doesn’t end up on the lawn.
2. Persicaria affinis (?) and friends
Being one of the many plants I acquired for free, I don’t know the name of this for certain. It’s various friends are: Penstemon ‘Garnet’, Francoa sonchifolia and last week’s Catananche caerulea alba. I have a few clumps of this Persicaria dotted along the side of the path; it softens the edge a little and they seem very happy there.
3. Hemerocallis ‘Saved by the Spoon’ and friends
Yes, I just made that name up. It came from my brother’s house: I was helping him move, and asked him if I could pinch a bit of the Daylily. He kindly obliged (not that it mattered, seeing as he was imminently vacating the premises) but had packed up all his tools. He offered me a spoon with which to dig it up. It wasn’t the ideal tool; I seem to remember using my God-given trowels/hands to finish the job. Also in the picture are some sort of Geranium, a Tiarella, and another ‘Garnet’.
Now onto the second half:
4. Catananche caerulea
Alba featured both last week and in the background of this week’s Persicaria photo, but I couldn’t resist showing the blue version here.
5. Under-gardener No. 1
We don’t bother with names – just job descriptions. Here’s the older one brutalising/studying an Ox-eye daisy in the fairy garden/wildflower patch/mess. Providing she is well watered and fed, she’s a good grower.
6. Under-gardener No. 2
We think he may be stuck like this, so rarely does his tongue retreat into his mouth. He is holding an allegedly hardy Opuntia, which was grown from seed. Time will tell. No. 2 himself is perfectly hardy; he’s come through several winters with nary a scratch to show for it.
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend and see you next time!