Six on Saturday 14 July 2018

I’ve gone a bit Coreopsis mad over the past few weeks.  I included three last week and today I’ve just bought some more.  These ‘Big Bang Redshift’ – four tall plants to fill a bare space in a border.  They were pretty pot bound when I got them home but hoping they’ll do ok for…

Six on Saturday 7 July 2018

So…Hampton Court week.  I’m still recovering.  I had to leave by 2 to get home to teach so I needed to see as much as I could in just 4 hours.  I managed this but doing so in the heat, followed by 4 hours of teaching, took it out of me.  I even missed my…

Six on Saturday 30 June 2018

First up is my Gaura – only flowered this morning so good timing.  I bought 3 of these from Hampton Court Flower Show last year on a whim.  Two of them have come back this year and I love the way they seem to float above the rest of the border.  I’m off to the…

Six on Saturday 23 June 2018

Midsummer. These Pelargoniums are from last year. I was going to discard them when I was changing my pots to their autumn / winter display but decided to keep them over winter to see if they survived. I kept them on some covered shelving outside and brought them out in Spring and 4 of 5…

Six on Saturday 16 June 2018

At the risk of coming across as a mad cat lady obsessed with her dead cats, here are the two roses that I have planted this year to mark the passing of my 18 year old tabby sisters, Miranda and Jemima.  Both these roses have featured in other six on saturdays, but I had Jemima’s…

Six on Saturday 9 June 2018

As I mentioned last week, my cat Jemima died recently. As with her sister, Miranda, I wanted to plant a rose in her memory and scatter her ashes. I chose this Alissa, Princess of Phoenicia. It will go nicely with her sister Miranda’s Rosy Cushion, and has an appropriate name, as Jemima was a bit…

Six on Saturday 2 June 2018

A belated post this week. It’s been a sad week, we said goodbye to my 18 yr old cat Jemima who has gone to be reunited with her sister Miranda. A rose has been chosen, and will be planted in her memory shortly. Appropriately however, the rose I planted in Miranda’s memory, the Rosy Cushion,…

Six on Saturday 26 May 2018

Two out of four of my roses have their first blooms this week.  Here is my Golden Wedding Floribunda which is now two years’ old.  It was the first rose that I bought when I started gardening properly and it has flowered beautifully for the last two years.  This year there’s been a few attempted…

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”

I am so excited today as the most perfect rose has just bloomed in my garden.  I saw this ‘Jacqueline du Pre’ rose at the Hampton Court Flower show last year – I would have bought one there and then but none were available on sale.  So in November I ordered a bare-root one from…

Six on Saturday 19 May 2018

This, apparently, is a Sisyrinchium. This has self seeded in my front garden – well, spilling onto the pavement.  I noticed the Iris-like leaves last Autumn and had no idea what they were or how they got there.  Now that it’s flowered, I have identified it with the help of a friend.  It’s lovely, I’m going…