It’s our wedding anniversary this weekend, so Mrs P and I are living it up in Birmingham, of all places, but most importantly we are unencumbered by the multitude of cuttings children.  Still, being away for the weekend is no excuse for missing a Six post, so let’s go.  Time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a job to do, a leaf, a tool, a project, a pest, anything at all.  Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Hosta leaf. By rights this should have shrivelled up and disappeared by now, but this hosta is lingering. The leaves have turned a fetching (if slightly anaemic) shade of orange.


2 – Cornus mas alba, stems. Last weekend I cleared all the pesky jasmine that was obscuring the stems of this dogwood. It’s one I’ve featured before but now the leaves have all dropped and the stems are very much in evidence. Nice and red after I pruned it right back early spring. I shall be doing the same thing next spring, I’ll use these stems as supports for perennials.  Cunning plan!


3 – Perovskia, russian sage. I’ve two of these from hardwood cuttings taken last year. I’m expecting them to be garden-worthy next spring, I just need to cut them back to get good stems.



4 – Sidalcea ‘wine red’. A pity-bench purchase at some point over the summer, it is thinking about flowering. It’s a clump forming perennial, with round leaves. It should flower in July and August, spikes of (clue’s in the name) wine red, saucer shaped flowers. It is languishing in a pot for now, but will do mid-border duty next year, location to be confirmed.

5. Geum’s galore. I have bought a few over the last couple of months, all clearance bargains. I have merrily divided them all as I got them home, so now have a little backlog of geums to plant out. They are a mix of ‘Totally Tangerine’ and ‘Lady Stratheden’, orange and yellow respectively. Love a geum.


6.  Erica australis ‘Amy Doncaster’ . Another pity-bench purchase (do you detect a recurring theme?). It’s evergreen, a tree heather of sorts I think. It should eventually get to about 150cm. Originally found by the titular Amy as a seedling in her garden in Chandler’s Ford about a zillion years ago. That’s about all I know.  Must plant it somewhere.


That’s my Six for this week, what are yours?  If you’d like to join in, and please do, just add a comment below with a link to your post, and maybe a link back to this blog in yours. For more details you can find the participants’ guide here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, don’t forget to check back in over the next couple of days as more Six posts get added.

I’ll be back next Saturday with another Six.