Six on Saturday 2020 27-06

Wednesday was the start of the fifteenth week since my husband and I went into lockdown, just a little ahead of most in this country. On Wednesday it was also the first day in all those weeks that I ventured out of the house (other than the garden) to go for a walk.

The rain started to ease off around 9am and I and headed down to the shore front, just one mile away and a short 4-minute drive. A few people, mostly dog-walkers were there, and it was really reassuring that everyone was observing the 2 metre distancing rule. As I passed each person, or couple, they smiled and said ‘good morning’. I’ve missed that over the past few months, the friendliness of people I don’t know, the sound of the waves, and the clean, fresh, seaside air.

I felt quite invigorated when I came home, and then it was back into the garden to tackle another few jobs before lunch.

My Six for this week leads with a favourite rose, Margaret Chessum.

Rosa ‘Margaret Chessum’

I love this rose – it was one of the first roses I bought when we moved in here just over 20 years ago. This rose has the prettiest rosebuds that I have seen. The flower opens with a creamy centre, and within days the petals turn pale pink, edged with a much deeper pink. The rose then fades to a deeper pink overall.

I lost the name of the plant, and wrote to the RHS and other big-name rose suppliers, attaching photographs, but no one could identify it. Two years ago I decided to move it as the old plant was getting too big for where it was, and lo and behold, when the plant came up, so did the label, buried under the soil – still intact, and still in full colour. Indestructible plastic – no wonder we’re being encouraged to use less of it.

Greenhouse Border

This is the short path that leads to the greenhouse at the back of the garden. The border is facing the greenhouse and was replanted a couple of years ago after an old picket fence was taken away. Three Bonica roses, hostas and heucheras have been added to the area and are much more attractive than the old fence. The rose peeking in on the left is part of the original bed that was on the other side of the fence.

The pot of cosmos, just about to flower, is actually sitting on the remains of a concrete post that supported the old fence. Sometimes working with what is there rather than trying to change it, is the easiest thing to do. I have a couple of other pots, sitting on top of similar old concrete remains, in various borders!

Pebble Border

This border has three sides running around a pebble area where our picnic table sits. We’re only looking at a corner of it in the photo. The most vibrant plant here is normally Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’ but it has finished flowering – though I’m hoping for a second flush of flowers to carry it through to autumn.

Meantime, splashes of colour are being provided by the Astrantia, a little pot of Lewisia, a clematis which is growing up a metal obelisk, and a rogue foxglove that has self-seeded from somewhere other than this garden. Once the Sidalcea and Lysimachia get going, the border will liven up again.

Last of the Peonies

The weather since last weekend has flattened much in the garden and finished off the peonies. This was taken just before the most recent thundery downpours that we’re (not!) getting accustomed to.

I don’t know the name of the peony, but I love her gorgeous ruffled petals. Don’t be fooled by the rose leaves, she’s just resting her head on the rose planted next to her. 🙂

Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’

Named after the world-renowned ballerina, Darcey Bussell is a very deep crimson that fades to mauve as the flower ages. I had planned to move her to a more prominent spot at the end of last winter, but the weeks went on and it eventually became another job for another day. Busy times ahead.

Planting  Mishap

I have two small hydrangeas at either end of the patio planter, one pink and the other white. Verbena x ‘Vepita Polar’ was intended to sit beside the pink hydrangea but I think the plant fairies must have been out in the middle of the night again because now it’s beside the white Hydrangea ‘Black Steel Zebra’. Hmmm…how could that possibly have happened?

Black Steel Zambia with Verbena x ‘Vepita Polar’
Pink Hydrangea starting to flower beside campanula portenschlagiana and Bacopa
Bacopa cordata ‘Gulliver White’

Stay safe everyone and enjoy your garden this weekend!


To join with other garden enthusiasts from around the world just take six photographs and post them to Twitter and/or your blog each Saturday. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up.

All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.

24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 2020 27-06

  1. Your garden is looking lovely. All the additional time you’ve spent on it has produced some great results. I love the Darcy Bussell rose. It seems similar to Munstead Wood, another dark crimson David Austin rose that I like a lot. The terracotta pots are very effective dotted around the borders. I particularly like the urn in the pebble border with that beautiful pale blue clematis.
    Thank you for your comment on my post last week. I had replied to it (on my phone) but it doesn’t seem to have posted. I didn’t want you to think I hadn’t read it.

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    1. Thank you – the time spent in the garden during lockdown has been a calming and happy experience, and I know many others feel the same. I couldn’t do the same amount of seed-sowing, potting-on and planting in an ‘ordinary year’ so I’m planning to change some of the borders and put in more permanent planting and more perennials. When summer comes round again, in an ‘ordinary year’ I would just like to be able to potter and sit awhile, enjoying the garden.

      Don’t worry about the comment, I wouldn’t have thought that about you for a moment. 🙂


    1. I like when pots are half-hidden within border planting – the only thing is that the pots get so green and dirty! I have been known to pull them out and scrub them clean before putting them back in. 😁

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  2. Gorgeous! And I absolutely love the rose identification story, glad you got there in the end. Such a beautiful rose. As is Darcy, I bought her for a good friend when she moved into a new home a couple of years ago, a great favourite. So pleased you got out and about and it was a positive expereience. Take care 🙂

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    1. What a lovely present for your friend. A living rose is a gift that will last for many years. As for the walk, I will go out again, once the rain decides to ease up a bit!

      Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  3. Everything is looking splendid. I’m off to look up Margaret Chessum – a flower that deepens in colour with age sounds great.

    I often mistake pictures of peonies for roses and plant fairies have a lot to answer for!

    I’m glad your first walk outside your garden went well.

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    1. The rose deepens in colour but it gets a bit mottled too before the petals fall – I tend to deadhead it when it reaches that stage.

      I hope the sun shines for you over the rest of the weekend. Enjoy the garden!

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    1. Thank you, Noelle. I’ll have to pay a bit more attention to ‘which colour where’ when it gets planted next time round. 😁


    1. Thank you. Sadly, they are only as healthy as my multitude of garden snails allow them to be. I’ve noticed many more birds coming to the garden this year, and I hope some of the larger ones are finding the snails…

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  4. You have beautifully captured your rose and garden. I was a very keen and prolific gardener years ago so enjoy popping into view other gardens around the world. I’ve popped in from Jude’s blog.


    1. Nice to meet you Suzanne. Jude’s blog is excellent and I enjoy following her six photos and their stories. I’ll pop over to yours for a visit this evening 😊

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  5. I love looking at other gardener’s borders to get ideas of what to plant with what. You have such a beautiful garden and take beautiful photos too – your roses are exquisite! But more than that I am envious of those unchewed hostas. How do you do it? I’m going to attempt to get mine out of its pot this year and chop it up. Maybe if it is smaller it will have a fighting chance. It got sunburned this year too! And then the molluscs found it – again. Maybe I should just compost it, but I have had it for years and hesitant to throw it away.

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    1. Re the roses – if you had seen them yesterday after days of very heavy rain…they were telling a different story then. 4 tubs of rose heads, broken stems and more went into the compost bin. They’re looking thinner, but smarter now – until Friday according to the forecast.

      As for the Hostas, Jude, in that border you’re seeing the only hostas in the garden untouched by the snail army. I think they just haven’t found them in this border, or perhaps I’m keeping them too well fed elsewhere. I used Strulch under some earlier in the year in the hope it might preserve them for a while, I’ll post photos on the next Six this weekend. I have heard that the only way to stop them eating your hostas is to go out at night with a flashlight and look for them…


  6. lovely, especially darcy. i’ve coveted her for some time now. i wish there was a climbing version, i love that colour. your hostas look wrong, they aren’t munched to green lace. i can give you advice to get them looking right….

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    1. I’d have a climber of that one too – in a heartbeat. Green lace? 😂 Check back on next Saturday’s Six and I’ll show you some more hostas.


  7. So pleased to hear you had a lovely ‘first walk’! We incorporated our ‘first walk’ in with a shopping trip and although it was a short walk we thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the colours of your Margaret Chissum rose are amazing. I’ve returned to your post a number of times just to look at the photos of it. You have such a beautiful and full garden, and I’m quite envious! It is just lovely! Do you have holes in the bottom of your urn? I have two, but put covers on top of each to stop the filling up with rainwater. I have been a bit hesitant to drill a hole in the base in case the urn cracks. We can’t have standing water as it attracts mosquitoes. Lovely post!

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    1. It appears your first walk had the same effect on you as it did on me. 😀 The urn doesn’t have holes in it as it’s an indoor pot. I only bring it out in the spring and it goes back into a cupboard indoors during late autumn. It has a lot of heavy stones in it to stop the wind toppling it. We just pour out any water that collects…but then, we don’t have mosquitoes. But we do have Midges!

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      1. Yes, It was great to be out and about again. I love seeing what is going on around the area. Thanks for your advice about the urns. Mmmm… I am still undecided what to do with my urns. I thought about drilling a drainage hole in them but we don’t think they are fired properly and might start to break up if I put a hole at the bottom. I have an inverted drip try covering the opening which might just work if I can spray paint the drip try a similar colour to the pot. A challenge indeed!


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