I missed doing a Six last Saturday because I was at my Granny’s in Surrey for my annual Christmas catch up and present swap with her and my Mum. It’s a couple of hours drive from home to Granny (without traffic) which means I don’t get to see her, and my Mum, who’s an even longer drive away, very often. My Grandad was a gardener and since he passed away Granny has taken up the task of keeping his garden looking good. Back in Birmingham, there’s not a lot going on in our garden that I haven’t already shown you, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you six from Granny’s garden this week.
1. Clematis Montana
Ok, so admittedly it doesn’t look like much at the moment, but when we visited in April this narled swirl of wood was covered in beautiful big pink flowers. I have a Montana but it’s never had a single flower so I’m very envious of this one. I may move mine this year and see if it does any better somewhere else. In fact, the perfect place has just occurred to me.
If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m partial to a Hebe, or ten! None of my Hebes are as impressive as this one though (yet! Let’s remain optimistic).
This one is even still clinging onto Summer with a single, solitary remaining flower. Granny did have two Hebes in her front border, both this big, but someone in an entirely unnecessary 4×4 reversed into her garden and knocked the other down.
3. Wild Pansies
Granny has several pots of Winter Pansies which are flowering nicely and brightening up her little garden. Here they are from the front door.
Quite a small garden, as you can see, but I’m impressed that, at eighty eight, Granny is still able to maintain this on her own
Lovely black berries. They look like blackcurrants, don’t they? Probably not a good idea to eat them though.
This is the same family as St. John’s Wort but looks completely different to my St. John’s Wort. I should’ve asked Granny what colour flowers this has (assuming it has flowers!)
I was reliably informed that is a Cordyline. I wasn’t sure because the two Cordylines that I have in my garden don’t have trunks like this one. This looks like some kind of Cordyline/palm tree cross! It’s nice. It stands quite regally, casting its shadow over the little plot. Nice two tone fronds to add some interest.
I have to admit that I’ve never heard of a Nerine before. This caught my attention because of the pretty pink against the pebbledash behind.
Obviously it’s past its best but I bet it looks beautiful when it’s in full bloom.
There we are. Granny’s six. I’m off to the Propagator’s blog now to check out other Sixes which have been published.