Six on Saturday 19.06.21

It’s time for P.I.Ps to take centre stage, or they can try but the roses outshine everything else at the moment. The P.I.Ps that I’m talking about are the poppies, iris and peonies that fill a gap which sometimes appear at this time of year, not this year though. They are glamorous but fleeting, loved all the more because they are so beautiful, but don’t stay very long in the garden.


Papaver orientalis, this just appeared one year, I don’t remember buying it. Not a shrinking violet!

Papaver orientalis, pale but interesting.

Papaver orientalis Patty’s Plum. Interesting colour.


Iris sibirica under the Amelanchier tree by the bog.

Iris pseudacorus actually in the bog. My other bog iris, Iris ensata,  are still in bud, but will flower soon.


Peony Duchesse de Nemours, fantastic to look at and a perfume to match.

Peony Bowl of Beauty, so pretty and a gentle perfume, lots of lovely buds to come.

So these are my six (or 7! ) for this week, I hope I will be excused for slipping in an extra one. Many years ago when we used to open for the NGS,  this is the weekend we opened as everything seemed to be flowering at once, it is still a good time for the garden, but makes it very hard which plants to focus on and just choose a few.I will keep all the roses for a serarate post. Many thanks to Jon The Propagator for hosting as usual, do pay him a visit, it will be worth it!

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12 Responses to Six on Saturday 19.06.21

  1. Everything is lovely but your poppies are just wonderful. Love the dusky colors. Peony Bowl of Beauty looks perfect. Have a good week Pauline.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Susie, the poppies are so flamboyant but I wouldn’t be without them! Peonies are my latest passion, but they have to be perfumed too.

  2. Denise says:

    A lovely selection Pauline. I can well understand this weekend was chosen for the NGS. It really is a PIP time and we have caught up and have the same here! Patty’s Plum is lovely, I bought it once but when it flowered it turned out to be something else. I have never identified what it is lol.

    • Pauline says:

      It is a lovely time of year in the garden, everything just wants to burst into flower Denise! Patty’s Plum’s colouring is variable I’ve heard, they say to buy it in flower to make sure you get a shade that you like, also I think she fades quickly in the sun, mine is in part shade and seems to like it.

  3. Chloris says:

    Fabulous, I agree this is the best moment in the gardening calendar. I have a gardening club coming round this week and everything is at its best, apart from the weather. I wish I lived near enough to visit, yours is my sort of garden. PIP and roses really sum up June.

    • Pauline says:

      It certainly is the best time for gardens Chloris! Hope everything goes well with your gardening club, I have had the Hardy Plant Society here in the past and it was rather nerve wracking, I’m sure they will be very impressed with your garden. Good luck with the weather!

  4. Anna says:

    I enjoyed your PIPs Pauline and your mention of the word ‘fleeting’ made me chuckle. My much anticipated ‘Patty’s Plum’ first flowers opened last week. After hearing unexpected but most welcome rain during the night I went outside this morning to have a wander round the garden only to be met with the first fallen petals from Pattty!

  5. Megan Hall says:

    Wow, those poppies are really something! Green w the proverbial…

  6. snowbird says:

    Oh, your pip’s! loved them all especially the peonies, how delightful they

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