Six on Saturday 13th July

I’ve been AWOL from Six on Saturday for a couple of weeks now so I’ve made time to showcase six of my best flowers today. Luckily the Propagator doesn’t enforce participation so I’m pretty sure I’ve got away with my absence. Check out his blog for more Sixes.

I’ve gone all amateur photographer today and I’ve been taking close up pics of some of the prettiest flowers which are blooming at the moment in the garden so I’m choosing close ups as the theme of this week’s Six.

1. Rose Campion

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Oh I do like a close up of a flower glistening with water! These are such a shocking bright pink that I’m quite surprised no planes have mistaken them for the airport landing strip given that we live on the flight path! They were another gift from our cleaner at work’s garden – very generous she is with her self seeded plants.

2. Hebes

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I’m a sucker for a Hebe. I have to blinker myself when I go through the Hebe aisle at the garden centre, and if I see one on a sale table, well, it’s coming home with me!

The one on the left above is Hebe Purple Pixie and I think it was my first ever sale table purchase. It flowered beautifully last year and is just starting to bloom again now. It lives in the shade and it seems quite happy with that situation. The one on the right is Hebe Celebration. It was also from the sale table last year and is actually still in its pot. It’s almost as shocking pink as the Rose Campion! I think I might plant it in the front garden tomorrow. The one in the middle was from a pack of four Hebes and it didn’t say which variety any of them were. It’s the only one of the four which has started to flower so far.

3. Roses

I have a few Roses in the garden, these are just three of them, all from various sale tables. I’m not sure of their names. It’s probably hard to tell the sizes from the photos, but the red one on the end is actually really small. That opening flower is probably only about an inch tall and I love how it looks like a mini version of a red Rose that a nervous young man might buy for his starry eyed sweetheart on a first date.

4. Buddleia

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Another sale table find. There’s a theme to my garden centre shopping! We’d wanted to add a Buddleia to our garden to try to attract butterflies. It was the tiniest little plant and I squeezed it into a tiny space next to our fence but it’s done really well and is flowering beautifully. I need to prune the Holly bush next to it because it’s in danger of crowding it. I think the Buddleia would benefit from something to grow up as well because it seems to be flopping over slightly.

5. Sweet Peas

These are one of my biggest successes of this year. I grew them from seed in the greenhouse and I made my own support, and now they’re rewarding my hard work with beautiful blooms. I’ll see how many have opened tomorrow and I may cut them to bring indoors. They’re toxic to cats so I have put up a wall mounted shelf of sorts in our living room in anticipation that the cats can’t get to so we can enjoy them inside all Summer. No doubt I’ll show you a pic on a future post.

6. Cosmos

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Another success from the greenhouse. I sowed these at the same time as the Sweet Peas. I planted them behind my birthday planter because the Cosmos I grew in a pot last year got really tall, at least four feet, if not more, so I thought we’d be able to see them over the planter, but these have only grown about a foot high. I love this photo, it looks somehow ethereal. Not of this world. Like it belongs in some kind of parallel fairy universe. Just beautiful!

What a lovely Six! I love all the colour in mine and everyone else’s gardens at the moment. Long may it last.

6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 13th July

  1. Lora Hughes 173104 MonEurope/London2019-07-15T16:47:15+01:00Europe/London07bEurope/LondonMon, 15 Jul 2019 16:47:15 +0100 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Some very fine photos here, but that cosmos is just great. I didn’t know sweet peas were toxic to cats – as I’ve usually had both & no fatalities, do you think cats know not to eat them? Your buddleia is very serpantine! Looks lovely w/the holly.

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 MonEurope/London2019-07-15T19:34:51+01:00Europe/London07bEurope/LondonMon, 15 Jul 2019 19:34:51 +0100 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Thank you! Until we had our current cats I thought they were generally good at not eating things they’re not supposed to, but now we have one who never eats anything she shouldn’t but one who tries to nibble any plants/flowers that go anywhere near her! Silly puss. I’m very pleased with the buddleia given how tiny and scrappy it was. It definitely needs some support though 😁.

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  2. tonytomeo 173102 TueEurope/London2019-07-16T14:40:06+01:00Europe/London07bEurope/LondonTue, 16 Jul 2019 14:40:06 +0100 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Those do not even look like hebes. A few years ago, the same few cultivars of hebe, as well as buddleia, became overly common. It was sad that such a resilient plants got a reputation as such, like Heavenly bamboo and lily-of-the-Nile. They do quite nicely in our climates. I prefer them now that they are not so common, and are particularly less common in landscapes where they get ruined by so-called ‘gardeners’.

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    • greengirlgardener 173102 TueEurope/London2019-07-16T14:56:36+01:00Europe/London07bEurope/LondonTue, 16 Jul 2019 14:56:36 +0100 2017 / 2:56 pm

      I’d be interested to see what they look like in your warmer climate because mine look like pretty typical Hebes over here 😁.

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      • tonytomeo 173104 ThuEurope/London2019-07-18T04:01:35+01:00Europe/London07bEurope/LondonThu, 18 Jul 2019 04:01:35 +0100 2017 / 4:01 am

        It would be interesting; but so-called ‘gardeners’ shear the bloom off before it actually blooms. In gardens that lack maintenance ‘gardeners’, or where ‘gardeners’ are ‘negligent’, hebes are quite colorful. Most are purple. The white are uncommon. I like how they are so happy in our climate.

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      • tonytomeo 173104 ThuEurope/London2019-07-18T04:05:47+01:00Europe/London07bEurope/LondonThu, 18 Jul 2019 04:05:47 +0100 2017 / 4:05 am

        Ours look more like bottlebrush flowers, but more conical. The individual florets are not so distinct.

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