Six on Saturday 28. 05. 2022

I have just had a week where more gardening has been possible as we have had less rain, in fact the last few days haven’t seen any rain at all and the watering can has had to come out again for recently planted plants! I’m hoping that this weekend I will be able to get lots more work done in various areas of the garden.

My six for this week are as follows….

No 1

My white Camassias are flowering at the moment, they are always later than their blue cousins.

I think a bee had spent the night in one of the flowers, this photo was taken at 5am, yes I was awake early, and it was still there an hour later.

No 2

Most of the roses have started flowering, this one is R. Charlotte.

R. Heritage in the front garden is covered in lovely flowers, hopefully they will continue all summer.

No 3

Alliums are decorating the rockery with their purple balls, these are A. Purple Sensation.

No 4

White foxgloves are popping up everywhere. I’ve removed quite a few purple ones but the white ones are allowed to stay as they look so lovely and I need the seed to sprinkle at the backs of borders..

….and when alliums and foxgloves arrive together, then I think they make the perfect combination!

No 5

Rhododendrons are still opening, it doesn’t seem right that the roses are flowering before all the Rhodies are out.

Rhododendron Yakushimanum starts out with gorgeous pink buds but then opens white. A lovely smaller shrub than most.

No 6

Caught at 9.30pm last evening when it was going dark! A couple of weeks ago it was a roe deer helping himself to my roses, now a rabbit eating its way through my tiny flowery meadow, I wonder who will visit next!

There we have my 6 for this week, number 6 was quite a surprise, I haven’t seen rabbits here for a good number of years, I hope it doesn’t bring all its friends and I hope it doesn’t eat my precious new seedling primula which I wrote about in my last post!

Thanks again to Jon The Propagator for hosting once more, do pay him a visit to see what is happening in the gardening world, apart from Chelsea!

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14 Responses to Six on Saturday 28. 05. 2022

  1. Cathy says:

    Gosh, as you say, let’s hope the rabbit does not bring his friends nor visit regularly! I should be grateful that the pests in my garden are not the 4 legged variety (although moles and rats do leave the occasional hole)! Lovely to see the range of blooms you have shared today – white foxgloves always look stunning, don’t they? I had foxglove seedlings from a neighbour and I am currently waiting to see what colour they are as he collected seed from random plants

    • Pauline says:

      Cathy, I don’t consider the Roe deer and rabbit as pests, they are just 4 legged visitors! This is my own private nature reserve which hopefully looks like a garden, there was nothing when we arrived over 30 yrs ago as it was mainly just grass everywhere, since then though the garden is alive with bees, butterflies, birds and loads more wildlife which have 4 legs! Let’s face it, the wildlife was here long before our houses were built on the field next door.

  2. Fred says:

    I like the rose Charlotte and what about that rhododendron Yakushimanum ! Gorgeous !…

    • Pauline says:

      Charlotte has a beautiful perfume too Fred. I sent off to David Austin for Charles Renee Mackintosh and Charlotte was sent by mistake, she was mislabelled. I was told they were next to each other on the propagating bench and was told to keep her and they put the correct one in the post, but she is the best of the two!

  3. Graeme says:

    A lovely selection. I may have to look out for the white Camassias (I have a few of the blue lot). Wow to the Rhododendron Yakushimanum.

    • Pauline says:

      The white camassias have started spreading Graeme, I just wish they were in flower longer. Glad you like R. Yakushimanum, it is lovely!

  4. I love Purple Sensation. I wonder if it spreads around the garden like my much less attractively coloured one does. The Charlotte rose is a lovely delicate colour, a lucky mistake, I think.

    • Pauline says:

      A Pueple Sensation doesn’t seem to spread here Jane, maybe its my heavy clay soil! I have to buy more each year! Yes, I’m very grateful to David Austin for sending me Charlotte by mistake, she has been wonderful!

  5. March Picker says:

    Your white camassias need to find their way to my garden! Lovely.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks March Picker, they are nice and spreading at last. They have taken a long time but it is nice to see them increasing so that I can move some to the opposite border.

  6. snowbird says:

    Love the sleeping bee, they often cuddle up with other bees and sleep in flowers. The rabbit has me smiling, wildlife are certainly drawn to your garden. Lovely blooms, especially the

    • Pauline says:

      When we moved here Dina, over 30 yrs ago now, I decided that while making the garden, I would also make it our own little private nature reserve as there was almost nothing here to start with. Gradually all the wildlife has arrived and we all try to live with each other in harmony. Usually neighbours cats keep the rabbits away, but this one slipped in somewhow when they weren’t looking!

  7. Allison says:

    A very beautiful selection. I can imagine how haunting those white foxgloves look in the evening.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Allison, they certainly stand out in all the shady borders where they pop up. I think they will look lovely at the back of the bog garden when I get the seed sown, to contrast with all the different colours of the primulas, iris and astilbes.

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