Greetings from a positively tropical Royal Berkshire. It has been a glorious few days, sadly office-bound for me, for the most part. The garden has been enjoying the sunshine, everything is growing on strong, including the pesky weeds. Especially bindweed. It has become a nightly ritual for me to go armed with a hand-fork to dig as much of it up as I can. More appears the next day. Constant vigilence like this does weaken it significantly. I will still get the odd bit popping up from a root fragment, but much easier to manage. There is a brief window of opportunity to tackle it – while the rest of the planting is still getting going, the bindweed is clearly visible. There are nights when I go to sleep thinking about it. Weird. Anyhoo, time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a weed (!), a flower, a plan, a failure, interesting foliage, a seedling, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week. You may notice a theme….

1 – Tulip ‘Brown Sugar’. A sultry blend of colours. Like.

2 – Tulip ‘Dynasty’. A pleasing shade of pink with creamy white accents. More by luck than judgment, I seem to have grouped together three pots so have achieved something of a mass planting effect.

3 – Tulip ‘Purple flag’ & ‘Flaming flag’. At the time of planting it seemed like a good idea to put these two together, I think it works quite well.


4 – Tulip ‘Orange dynasty’. These might be my favourite. I like the mix of orange and pink in these.

5 – Tulip ‘White Dream’. These were planted in a pot with Queen of the Night, aiming for a nice contrasting black and white effect. Sadly Queenie is disgracefully late, so the white’uns are putting in a creditable solo performance.


6 – Tulip ‘Abu hassan’, Rich and velvety, allegedly very perennial. A little close in appearance to both Orange Dynasty and Brown Sugar. I like it well enough but in the back of my mind, I wish I’d ordered something more different. All the excuse I need to buy more this Autumn. Like I need an excuse!

That’s my Six for this week. I make no apology for my tulip focused single-mindedness! The tulips are fabulous this year, repaying many times over the tedious bulb-planting back in the Autumn. I hope these will last a while yet, and there’s still plenty of flower power to come with later blooming varieties.

What’s going on in your garden? If you’d like to join in, just write your post, then add a comment below with the link to your post, and maybe add a link back to this blog in yours. For more details, please see the brief participant’s guide. Join in, it’s a lot of fun!

Have a great weekend, enjoy whatever sunshine the weather is kind enough to throw in your direction, and don’t forget to check back in as more links get added during the day.

I’ll be back next week with another Six on Saturday.