Six on Saturday. 20.05.2023

What a wonderful week it has been, such a change from last week! This week we have had sunshine every day which has dried out the flood water nicely, only problem is that the rain plus sunshine has made the weeds grow as never before! Lots more plants are now flowering, so I won’t waste any more time, I’ll get on with showing my Six for this week.

No 1

Lots more Welsh poppies, Meconopsis cambrica, are flowering in different areas, they do shine out of the shady corners, looking like patches of sunshine.

No 2.

Alliums are now opening up, making lots of purple lollipops in the borders, this one is Puple Sensation. I have had these planted in the borders for well over 10 years and I’m surprised they are still with me and my heavy clay soil.

Chives growing in the cracks of the paving of the patio, they try to increase every year in spite of sitting in flood water all winter.

No 3.

Hostas are looking good at the moment, so far safe from the slimy creatures, wonder how long it wwill last! This one is H. Sagae.

This is H. sieboldiana elegans which, like the one above, has nice thick leaves so doesn’t suffer much damage. Of course the hedgehog and blackbirds are also doing their bit to keep the hostas looking good.

No 4

Rhododendrons and Azaleas are now flowering. This one is a little japanese azalea, new when I redid the rockery a couple of years ago, very pretty flowers.

A very big old rhododendron with huge flowers which has been here longer than we have, so is over 30 yrs old.

Deciduous Azalea Persil which has the most wonderful perfume to enjoy when sitting next to it.

No 5.

Euphorbia palustris is at the back of the bog garden. It has enjoyed all the wet at its feet and shines out across the garden from where it is in the shade.

No 6.

I should have waited a week before showing you the wisteria last week, loads more flowers now, climbing up the side of the garage.

The perfume is wonderful when I go to get my car in or out.

Except for a sharp shower yesterday evening, it has been wall to wall sunshine all week. Thanks to the shower I don’t think I’ll need to water any thing this morning so I’ll be able to get on with tackling more weeds! Hope you all have a good weekend gardening.

Thanks to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting once more, do pay him a visit to see what is happening in gardens around the world.



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16 Responses to Six on Saturday. 20.05.2023

  1. Catherine says:

    Your alliums are looking great, mine have just reappeared after a long absence. The hostas are doing well too, you’re fortunate to have hungry little hedgehogs to make a meal from the slugs & snails. Lovely rhododendrons and azaleas – and I do admire your sculpture with the vivid euphorbia in the background.

    • Pauline says:

      The alliums are doing well Catherine, but I must buy more for next year now that I know they can cope with my soil. Thank you for your comment about the carving, I used to teach it at night school for about 17 yrs, so had to make a few for the garden!

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    How lovely to be greeted by garden scents when you arrive home. The Welsh poppies are great, I have plain red ones flowering.

    • Pauline says:

      It is nice to be greeted with perfume Rosie, at the moment it is the wisteria , earlier it was the Euphorbia mellifera which is planted away in the back garden ,so the perfume travels a long way.

  3. Graeme says:

    A lovely six. For some reason I don’t have much luck with regular chives which is a pity as the flowers are lovely.

    • Pauline says:

      My original plant of chives died when I planted it on the rockery Graeme, however it seeded down between the cracks of the paving. This gets flooded every winter, they sit in water for months some times, so maybe should be considered a bog plant!

  4. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    Love those dear little Welsh poppies, I think I grew them in my garden one year. I have an orange form of Welsh poppy that come up in my garden every spring now too, almost like a little orange weed! But I don’t’ mind because I am half Welsh!

  5. Denise says:

    I love the Azalea Persil flowers and having a wonderful scent is a real bonus. The Hostas are looking good Pauline and I hope the slimy things continue to be kept at bay!

    • Pauline says:

      Azalea Persil has such a wonderful fragrance Denise, it has to have a seat beside it so that you can enjoy it with your coffee! My army of helpers are doing their job ok, no damage so far to the hostas, wonder how long it will last?

  6. Helen Jones says:

    A lovely six this week, but I also loved seeing the sculpture & the owl wall plaque.

  7. I hope you managed to get the weeds under control. It’s been a struggle here too. The Azaleas you’ve featured look lovely.

    • Pauline says:

      They are fighting back Catharine, popping up as fast as I’m pulling them out. All that rain plus sunshine now is making them grow as never before!

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