Last weekend was actually our 5th anniversary as the Six On Saturday massive. Remiss of me not to mention it last week, but still, happy anniversary! After failing to anything garden related last weekend, apart from buy too many plants, this weekend I should have time to get some jobs done. Among those will be battling the bindweed, and weeds in general really, in the front garden where it is all getting a bit rampant. That’s in spite of efforts over the last month or so to get it under control. I also need to plant the new plants. I’m excited to do that. Well, really I’m excited to see them planted, I’d be quite happy for someone else to plant them. I think I will dig up nearly everything in the Hibiscus border, it’s unsatisfactory, so some of the new plants will go in there. I may also put some of the newbies in the Wisteria border. This sounds quite decisive but in reality what will probably happen is I’ll dither over where to put the random collection of new plants and give it up as a bad job. I guess you’ll find out next weekend how successful I was.
Time for Six on Saturday then. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be a plant, a flower, a beastie, a job to do, a success, a failure, anything at all. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’. This is one of my more recent small-tree purchases. I think this its 3rd summer in the ground. It was not a well plant when it arrived, I complained and got a 50% refund, so took a chance on it. It didn’t look great the first year, still slightly peaky last year, and now looks like it has recovered some poise. It is “flowering” at the moment, the reason I bought it in the first place. It has quite a covering of the pretty bracts this year, but I think it will be even better in the future.
2 – Hosta ‘June’. Hardly munched at all, strangely. The other hostas in the same container are shredded and not looking at all attractive.
3 – Abutilon ‘Suntense’. I’m a bit smug about this one. I grew it from seed a few years back. It survived some initial neglect in a too-small pot, but I eventually planted against the fence in the front garden. It is now a good 6′ tall and has quite a spread. My visit to the garden centre last weekend was actually to buy a tree stake as it was leaning considerably to one side. The flowers are not like a typical abutilon, more like a mallow. In fact, if I recall correctly, it is also known as Indian Mallow. It will try to grow to 10 or even 12′. I will try to keep it to it’s current 6′, hopefully it will spread a bit more so I can train it against said fence.
4 – Peony, red. Given to me by Grannysgarden two or three years ago, this has got swamped by the surrounding growth, but is now holding its own sufficiently well to flower in full sight. It is so red my camera can’t cope with it. A very deep scarlet, it seems more pink here in the photo.
5 – Geranium ‘Johnsons Blue’. I think I bought this last year from Cranesbill Nursery. I’ve bought a few different plants from them every year for the last 2 or 3 years, increasing my stock of geraniums, good garden do-ers. This one is in the front garden, so far unmolested by bindweed, long may that continue, although it won’t if I don’t get my finger out this weekend.
6 – Foxglove. Just your basic, I think.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to join in just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be triffic. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
Have a super weekend in the garden.
I’ll be back next time with another #SixOnSaturday.