Six on Saturday. 29.07.2023

Another week of sun and rain, the plants are certainly happy and the gardener is when she can get out and do some work! Inside the house is looking much cleaner and tidier now too, just in time for more visitors! Roses are starting their second flush, which is nice and the day lilies are almost finished so not much more deadheading to do there any more.At the moment I’m trying to get rid of an Acanthus mollis which had ideas of world dominaton, which Monty Don says is impossible! I’ll keep on trying, but as soon as I think I have dug all the roots out, more shoots pop up!

My six for this week are here……….

No 1

My Aeonium schwarzkopf sitting in the rain outside the conservatory.

No 2

Honeysuckle on the arbour in the back garden, the perfume is divine in this area, especially in the evening when I go to bed, I have a deep breath in, through the bedroom window when I go to bed and the perfume is still there next morning.

No 3

A lovely pot of lilies which was sent to me from Canada, via M&S, many years ago for one of my birthdays from my nephew. He is coming to stay next week, hopefully it will still be flowering.

No 4.

Fuchsias are doing well at the moment, this is the plain ordinary magellanica variety by the back door that the previous people planted. The birds like it and wait here for their turn on the bird feeder.

No 5.

This rose has only just started flowering, I don’t know why it is so late. I think it is The Prince, but can’t be sure. It has a beautiful “old rose” perfume.

No 6.

Crocosmia Solfaterre has just started flowering, loads of buds to open so you could be seeing this again! The foliage of this one isn’t the usual bright green of the other crocosmias but more of a khaki colour.

Today has started out with lovely sunshine and blue sky, I wonder how long it will last. Those are my six for this week, thanks go to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting.

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35 Responses to Six on Saturday. 29.07.2023

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    I love that rose, such a wonderful full head on it, and that colour! Marvellous!

  2. Topdock says:

    Beautiful crocosmia. I have ‘Lucifer’ which so easily lies down.

    • Pauline says:

      I too have Lucifer and he does lol about somewhat, every year I have to give him some support, but wouldn’t be without him, he makes such a statement.

  3. Jim Stephens says:

    I have tried and failed to rid this garden of both Acanthus mollis and A. spinosus. To think I once thought them great plants!

    • Pauline says:

      I too thought they were wonderful, until suddenly they started spreading so much Jim! I am organic but maybe I might have to revert to a spray if digging doesn’t work.

  4. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    Lovely, lilies, rose and fushsia <3

  5. Your Aeonium schwarzkopf is a beautiful specimen. Love its rich color. Hope the pretty lily is still flowering when your nephew arrives. Have a good visit.

    • Pauline says:

      I think the Aeonium is having more rain than it would really like at the moment Susie, they like it very dry. I’m sure the lily flower will last until my nephew arrives, it will be nice to show it to him in flower.

  6. Denise says:

    I received A mollis a couple of years ago from a friend….maybe I should dig it up before it gets out of hand. I am trying to get rid of Lysimachia punctata for the same reason! Hope you have a lovely visit with your nephew Pauline.

    • Pauline says:

      My Acanthus was well behaved for maybe 15 yrs Denise, then suddenly a few yrs ago it started spreading and now doesn’t know when to stop! New shoots are coming up about 10 or 15ft away, it has to go! I too have had the same problem with Lysimachia, that is easier to pull out though!

  7. Fred says:

    Love that aeonium so dark ! I have a less dark one unlabeled but still in the greenhouse. I should put the pot outside to give it some rain before the start of its dry season.

    • Pauline says:

      I think my aeonium could do with a bit less rain Fred, it has been non stop for days now.My plant gets brought in to the conservatory for the winter and then it turns more green, but once back out in the sunshine, when we get it, it reverts to its dark purple colour.

  8. Graeme says:

    Great photos. That honeysuckle is a lovely colour – mine don’t seem to have recovered from being moved for the new fence yet. I’ll have to look up the Crocosmia as the leaves sound intriguing.

    • Pauline says:

      The honeysuckle did suffer somewhat in the drought last year, but seems ok once more thank goodness. Hopefully your honeysuckle is making lots of new roots and will be back to normal next year.

  9. First I have to say that I love your garden sculpture! Your rose (the Prince?) is a beautiful shade of pink. I am a fan of fuchsia, but haven’t managed to grow them (yet). You’ve captured a beautiful shot. And I *love* pink lilies. If it’s scented, I usually want it! 🙂

  10. Margitta Kahl says:

    I’m sorry to bother you. But there’s an “h” lacking in the address of Garden Ruminations, so it’s a bit hard to follow the link.

    Liebe Grüße, Margitta

  11. elizabeth says:

    Growing up, I thought of acanthus as a weed. I see it now and again in botanical gardens and can appreciate it there, but in the back of my mind, it is still undesirable. My bane is a couple of yuccas planted right next to my house. I don’t mind yuccas, but these are in a terrible location, but good luck trying to get the entire gigantic root system out. I would probably have to simply bomb my house into nothing. Even then, when the dust settles, there would be new sprouts. I am not sure if anything can kill a yucca.

    • Pauline says:

      If only I had known when I was starting to plant here Elizabeth, what a problem the Acanthus would turn out to be! I also have a couple of yuccas, hopefully I’ll never need to move them!

  12. Chlori says:

    Good luck with the acanthus, I don’t think you will win, I’ve done battle with them over the years. The rose is beautiful. How lovely to have such a long lasting lily to delight you each year.

    • Pauline says:

      Oh dear Liz, doesn’t sound hopeful for me tackling the Acanthus! The lily seems to be thriving on neglect, I’m ashamed to say, but manages to flower in spite of that, I’m always so pleased when I see the buds developing.

  13. Catherine says:

    Your Aeonium schwarzkopf is gorgeous. My daughter’s neighbour in Australia has many Aeoniums on display outside his house, and they’re fabulous. If they were frost hardy I’d grow them in a heartbeat.
    I can imagine how lovely the perfume from your Honeysuckle is – you describe it so well.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Catherine, I remember seeing them growing outside in the Scillies where they have formed large plants and flower beautifully. It is so lovely to smell the honeysuckle just as I’m closing the bedroom curtains, it sends me off to sleep!

  14. When I was at RHS Hyde Hall earlier this Summer there was a large pit dug in part of the Cottage Garden. A sign explained that this was because they were trying to eliminate some Acanthus. It seems like it can be a bit of a task.
    That’s a gorgeous looking rose.

    • Pauline says:

      Dear me, Catharine, that doesn’t sound very good, I can’t be digging a huge pit! I will try for a bit longer but might have to give up in the end. The rose has a beautiful perfume to match, just as a dark red rose should.

  15. Oooo, all your plants are so elegant! I’m going to go back over and look at each photo. Beautiful. I hope your sunshine and blue sky will last.

  16. Cathy says:

    Yes, That rose s gorgeous – and so is the lily!

  17. snowbird says:

    What a delightful set of blooms! Loving the colour of that

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