Six on Saturday 2020 04-07

It’s been another week of mixed weather, but by Tuesday morning after several days of heavy rain, I couldn’t bare looking out of the window at my sad, bedraggled roses any longer and I grabbed my jacket, wellies and waterproof hat and went out to deadhead and tidy everything up.

It dried up after lunch, and so did I, and by evening the plants had lifted their heads (or what was left of them) and began to straighten up. I’m always pleasantly surprised at how quickly they recover.

Last week, our host, Mr Propagator, commented, ‘your hostas look wrong, they aren’t munched to green lace’. Well, I’ve decided to rise to the challenge to see whether I have the best green lace – or Mr Propagator. 😁

Just before I get to my choice of six plants for this weekend, I want to take a moment to wish family, friends and blog readers from over the pond, a Happy Independence Day. I wonder what lockdown celebrations will be like for you this year but hope you all have a happy holiday.

Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’

A Shropshire Lad is a climber, and I think this is its third year in the garden. I have two, entirely by accident, but while this one is growing up an obelisk in the sun, the other is in a more shady position and doesn’t produce as many flowers, or leaves. It’s a lovely, perfumed rose.

Rosa ‘Dame Judy Dench’

New in the past few months, Dame Judy Dench, is being grown in a container. She’s been hit hard by the rain this week but has still managed to look good. Beautiful apricot-orange colour – and very large flowers.


The perfume from this philadelphus is normally very heavy and sweet – but since it bloomed I haven’t been able to identify any perfume at all. As with other flowering shrubs this year, there has been no, or little perfume when temperatures have been low, as they are at the moment. Maximum today will be 15℃ (59℉) which is slightly up on Friday’s temperature. Perfume or not, I love those white flowers.

Geranium psilostemon

Last year I put in five of these plants along the front of the patio, and I’m really delighted that they’re now growing so well.  It grows to a height of 90cm (36″), flowers from June to August and creates a beautiful splash of rich colour.

Rosa ‘Valentine Heart’

Another firm favourite (I have a lot of favourite roses!). Again, I have two of these, but that wasn’t by accident this time. This rose has strong, upright stems, unlike some others in the garden that bend with the weight of rainwater.  It’s a floribunda, with gorgeous frilled petals and a sweet perfume. Adorable.

Green Lace

The hostas in a photograph on last week’s blog post were relatively untouched by slugs & snails. However, those hostas were the lucky ones, the number one garden pest just had so much to feed on elsewhere that they hadn’t yet arrived in that border.

Those of you following this blog might recall that I mentioned that I use Strulch under my strawberries, and as an experiment, I thought I’d try it below a few of my hostas too, in the hope that it might deter slugs and snails from munching them. Did it work? Well, see for yourself.

This hosta in the image directly below actually isn’t as bad as it normally is at this time of the year. I’ve lost track of the number of snails I’ve lifted out of this one, and to fully confess, I’ve been giving it regular helpings of ‘Sluggo’ too.

Green Lace
Green, Cream & White Lace
Hosta – stripped. So awful you wouldn’t dare call it lacework

I love hostas and I wouldn’t like to eliminate them from the garden, but I think the only way to keep them clear of slugs and snails is to be diligent in searching them regularly and physically remove the pests – or grow them like this one – in a pot, on a raised patio. The snails in my garden have mountaineering boots, so there’s no guarantee that they won’t get up there; the roughness of the wall won’t deter them if there’s a feast ahead. But for a while, I can enjoy a near-perfect hosta.

Almost perfect
In a pot…
…and on a raised patio

That’s all for this week – stay safe wherever you are, 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.

35 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 2020 04-07

    1. I love the quality of David Austin Roses, it’s the first place I look for a rose, even if it’s just to get an idea of what to put in a space. 😊

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  1. I have the same problems with hostas planted in the ground. Except for a variety with bluish foliage which apparently doesn’t please slugs … so much the better! The last one potted is superb 😍

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  2. Your roses are beautiful. Love the colour of Dame Judy. Hostas and slugs, yep. I use garlic brew to water them. Somehow mine are flourishing. Gorgeous pink geranium. Stay safe too.

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    1. Garlic brew is something I haven’t tried, Magdarae, I’ll have to google a recipe, thanks for the tip. You take care too and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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      1. Thank you. A friend told me that and when planted in the ground to put fine sand around it. My garlic brew is basically mixing ground garlic with water in my watering can. Stir it, leave for 10 minutes then spray.

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  3. My favourite geranium, the colour just pops doesn’t it?! Our hostas in pots are now lace, except for one, that for the moment has been ignored. Perfect slug and snail weather out there now, so as I type they are probably munching. Beautiful roses, what a fine collection.

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    1. Yes, I agree the geranium definitely adds vibrance to a border. Sorry about your hostas in pots! I generally find that snails are easier to remove when they find their way into in a potted plant – but I expect mine will be munched too before the summer is out. Have a good weekend, stay safe and enjoy your garden.

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  4. Those roses are beauties. I’ve been on the look out for an orangey rose and Dame Judy Dench may have to be added to the shortlist. I’ve been going on a slug and snail patrol at 10pm most nights. I don’t have any hostas but they really have it in for a rather nice pom-pom dahlia – I picked six snails off it last night. I find snails more troublesome than slugs at the moment. I wish my Philadelphus was still flowering. Lovely.

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    1. I’m really impressed with the ‘Dame Judy Dench’ rose, and can definitely give that one the thumbs up. At 10pm? That’s dedication – I’m in my PJ’s well before that! lol. My dahlia leaves are being attacked too, and this wet weather isn’t helping matters either. What will be left by the time I get back out to check things over…?

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  5. The Shropshire Lad has a most unusual petal formation in the centre – lovely. The other roses are looking none the worse for their soaking. We had a Philadelphus in the corner behind our compost heap in our first, postage-stamp sized garden – it was beautiful and its perfume completely masked any aromas from the heap. Unfortunately, the one I planted here near our patio had very few flowers and it just grew and grew. So I dug it up a couple of years ago. I have planted a fragrant Clematis Montana as a replacement. We shall see how that does.

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    1. That’s a shame about your philadelphus, but I hope the Clematis montana grows well for you and wafts perfume across your patio.


  6. Oh, what a shame about the hostas. I rarely have snail and slug problems, and rarely even see any, but I have big issues with earwigs. Dame Judy Dench is a beautiful color.

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    1. It’s mostly snails that are the problem here, but I suppose if you tempt them with free food, they’re just going to come along and enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet. Earwigs I dislike intensely, but they only seem to make an appearance when the dahlias are flowering.


  7. Beautiful photos of nearly perfect roses! You have me excited that a planted a Shropshire Lad a couple of months ago to replace another climber. Those slugs are merciless when we turn our back for a minute! Sigh.

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    1. You’ll love ‘A Shropshire Lad’ – it looks better year on year. We have slugs, but far more snails. I can lift snails off plants but slugs are truly disgusting and I really hate having to touch them – even with gardening gloves on! lol – I think I need to toughen up!

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  8. Your roses are delightful. And the last hosta is perfection! Mine sadly is shredded despite using vaseline around the top of the pot and moving the pot away from the Fatsia (I am convinced the snails abseil from that into the pot). I did find a couple of hiding places for the snails the other day and chucked them over in to the farmer’s field, so I hope they don’t come back! Apparently the thicker leaved blue-green hostas are better at fending off attacks. But I prefer to buy Heucheras which seem to cope much better.

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    1. Sorry that your potted hosta has been attacked too – the abseiling snails is an interesting theory. 🤣
      I’ve been tossing our snails over the fence into the field too – but so many people have told me that they simply find their way back (I don’t know if that’s true) so this year I’ve been putting them into the garden waste bins and letting them drive off to the council recycling centre…
      I have one blue-leaved hosta and come to think of it, I don’t think it has been munched yet.

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  9. Lovely pictures, beautiful roses. The rain hasn’t been kind to mine either – I’ve been out shaking the water off them which has help a little, but they simply don’t last so long when dampened. Still, most will have another flush, so hoping for drier weather!

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    1. I’m hoping for drier weather too, though it’s rained most of today and now we have another yellow warning of wind overnight and through much of Sunday – with added rain. But as you say – the roses will flower again, and right now there’s plenty of buds-in-waiting, so more prettiness still to follow.
      Enjoy your weekend, and your gardening. 😊

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    1. I think the battle with slugs and snails is probably one that we just can’t win! It doesn’t seem to stop us trying though. 😁


  10. I keep coming back to ‘A Shropshire Lad’ Catherine when I consider new roses but have still to decide. He looks as if he stands up well to the inclement elements. A beautiful rose and also Shropshire is our neighbouring county. What good fortune to acquire not one but two of them by accident 😄 Lots of rain and wind here too but surely summer will return.

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    1. It is a good, strong rose – and lovely colours and shape. But there’s so many varieties to choose from – it’s never an easy task making a decision about a rose. We’re having rain tomorrow then dry for a while – but it’s still fairly cold for July. I’m sure it will improve! 😁


  11. lovely roses. i have a hankering for a shropshire lad, if i can say that out loud. have just the spot for him. fabulous hostas, i particularly like the super-shredded one. i believe that has a AGM – award of garden munching. i have not yet gone nocturnal slug/snail hunting but it is increasingly clear that is what i need to do. they are taking the michael now.

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    1. Never did I think one of my plants would get an AGM. I’m thrilled even if it is an award of garden munching. 😂


  12. I admired your roses – I’m very envious indeed! They are all beautiful indeed! Acquiring a mock orange has been on my ‘To Do’ list for a while now, and seeing yours in bloom makes me think I should start sourcing one online. My Mom had one growing in the garden, and I still remember its lovely scented flowers. The yellow-green Hosta is to die for!! Lovely photos of all the flowers.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments.
      I’ve just recently bought Philadelphus ‘Snowbelle’ which only grows to 1.2m, and currently have it in a pot on the patio. Something like this is a nice alternative if you didn’t want a very large shrub.
      Whatever you choose, I’m sure you’ll love it! 😊

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