Six on Saturday. 19.8.2023

Another week has flown by and ended up very wet but I don’t think the garden will be complaining. Sunny spells earlier in the week has brought lots more butterflies, including the Holly Blue which I didn’t manage to photograph for last weeks six. There is still lots going on in the garden, new flowers opening, so I’ll get on with showing you my six for this week.

No 1

Mahonia nitans Cabaret is a small shrub on the rockery where the flower buds are red but open yellow/orange. It makes a change from the taller yellow flowered one.

No 2.

Tritonia rosea was shown by Jim last week, mine were still in tight bud, but the sun has persuaded it to open its flowers, this is also on the rockery.

No 3.

Houttuynia cordata Chamaeleon is my next offering. I know some will be horrified as it is supposed to spread a lot, but mine has the concrete wall of the scree on one side, a brick wall on the other and paving in front. If it pops up between the paving it gets pulled out, but that doesn’t happen very often. It makes a nice splash of colour and when the leaves are crushed I can smell Seville oranges!

No 4.

Rudbeckia Goldsturm is increasing nicely making a decent sized clump at last. Maybe soon I’ll be able to split it.

No 5

A Crocosmia which just turned up all by itself has put itself in the bog garden, not where I would have put it at all, I would have thought that it would be too wet for it, but it seems very happy so can stay for now.

I must show C. Solfaterre once more as now lots more flowers have opened and it looks rather lovely with the blue flowers behind it.

No 6.

Hydrangea paniculata Candle Light,  in the corner of the back garden,  shines out of the deep shade there. I like the shape of the paniculata flowers.

There we have my six for this week. changes are going on in the garden, autumn isn’t far away, things are starting to mellow and the light is changing. Yesterday was very wet and today dry so far but very grey, not like summer at all.

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18 Responses to Six on Saturday. 19.8.2023

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Ooh a small Mahona variety sounds good to have and the colours look pretty.

  2. Graeme says:

    Houttuynia cordata Chamaeleon sounds very intriguing with its Seville orange scented leaves. ‘Candlelight’ looks very pretty indeed.

    • Pauline says:

      The Houttuynia does have a bad reputation for spreading Graeme and so far mine is reasonably well behaved, just sometimes, I have to show it who is boss! I do like the flowers of the paniculata hydrangeas, not as heavy as the mopheads.

  3. Helen Jones says:

    I like the sound of a small mahonia too, I didn’t know there was such a thing. And the pic of the tritonia is beautiful.

  4. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    Your Houttuynia cordata has very interesting variegation! Lovely Cocrosmias and Rudbeckias! 💞🌼

  5. Denise says:

    I have Houttuynia cordata Chamaeleon (reasonably well behaved) so today I will go out and crush the leaves. I had no idea they smell of Seville oranges! I am also surprised to see the Crocosmia in the bog garden!

    • Pauline says:

      Glad yours is well behaved so far Denise, but keep an eye on it, one day it will decide to wander! The Crocosmia shouldn’t like being in the bog, but seems very happy, I’m wondering if it is a seedling of Lucifer which isn’t far away.

  6. fred says:

    I do like the Tritonia rosea (and especially the photo which is very successful!)
    Also surprised by the Houttuynia cordata which for me was more of a pond border plant, but I see that it’s doing well. On the other hand, it must be watched because it must tend to spread…

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks for the comment Fred, about the photography of the Tritonia, very kind! The Houttuynia is planted in a spot that gets flooded each winter, but I didn’t want to risk it in the bog garden with its reputation for wandering.

  7. Catharine says:

    What a super selection. I think the Crocosmia Solfaterre is my favourite though.

  8. snowbird says:

    Goodness, you do have a lot of colour! Just

  9. Cathy says:

    Rain would be very welcome here, Pauline, although I noticed when planting something out this week, there was moisture below the surface, which is good. I have finally got Rudbeckia Goldsturm established here, so hopefully it will become a stalwart of the future, like yours. Your crocosmia are making a great impact too.

    • Pauline says:

      I am still finding that the moisture doesn’t go down very far yet Cathy, at the moment we seem to be getting a little but often. The late summer flowers are putting on a good show at the moment as we slide into autumn.

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