It’s Six on Saturday time again, led as ever by the inimitable Propagator. This week is a bit of a last minute one; time marches ever onwards and doesn’t wait around for us to catch up! Here’s my Six:
1. Ipomoea purpurea
Here’s a little chance seedling that has cropped up again the whitewashed wall of next door’s outhouse. I can’t get enough of it’s mesmerising flowers, so whilst I didn’t put it there, it’s more than welcome to stay.
Also against the White Wall is this lovely sweet pepper plant. I needed to clear the bench in the greenhouse, so I put the pepper plants against the wall to allow the fruit to finish ripening. The plant has had enough now but tt’s certainly done the job: if only I could remember the name of the variety, I’d be able to grow it again next year!
3. Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’
While we’re next to the White Wall (which you may or may not remember is a dumping ground for any odds and ends I don’t know where else to put), I was pleased to see this little chap just about surviving. I bought it because it’s a close relative of Sagina procumbens, also known as Pearlwort, also known as ‘that mossy stuff that grows between the paving slabs’. Sometimes my curiosity gets the better of me.
Before we leave the White Wall, here’s a picture of a little job that needs sorting at some point. This Hebe is a particularly fine variety which I grew from a cutting (hence not knowing it’s full name). The leaves you can see clearly enough; the flowers are few and far between this year. They are particularly long, and start out blue, fading to white as they age. There was always a time limit on how long I could keep this plant here: when mature it makes a pretty substantial shrub. After flowering, I cut it back quite hard to keep it small, but I can see it’s had enough of this treatment, putting out lots of foliage but only a few flowers, and very late ones at that. What I can’t decide is whether to start again with a cutting of the same plant, or replace it with something else entirely.
I featured my freely obtained Cosmos on a Six on Saturday a couple of weeks ago and since then, this frilly little number has opened up to join in the fun.
Along with most other things in my garden, this one was a freebie. It’s really more of an ornamental vine – the grapes are small and very seedy. It does make me wonder whether I could do well with a proper dessert variety, but for now I’m sticking to my free plants.
That’s all for today’s Six on Saturday, thanks for popping by. Enjoy your weekend!