It has just occurred to me that this is the fifth week that a rose has been the featured image on Six on Saturday. But I couldn’t let the season pass without giving a major mention to (another favourite) Rosa ‘Mortimer Sackler’.
So, what do I love about Mortimer Sackler? It has tall, slender and very elegant reddish stems and lovely little pointed red buds that sit out from flowers that are already in bloom. At a quick glance, the buds give the shrubs a polka-dot appearance as they’re so distinctive from the soft pink of the open flowers.
I love that it’s thornless, I can happily get in there amongst the three Mortimers and prune without being ripped to shreds. Mortimer flowers well over a long period of time, with the pink flowers turning white before falling to the ground (if I’m not fast enough in deadheading them). And did I mention that it has a beautiful perfume – the icing on the cake.
Talking of cake – today is special. I’m having a lunchtime garden picnic for my son, his partner and our two adorable grandchildren, plus the children’s other much-loved gran. It will all be well within our newly relaxed lockdown rules.
The bunting is up and I need to go now and organise the tables that are being placed at various spots in the garden so that we can sit in or out of the sun – and needless to say, I’m hoping that the sun continues to shine! We have a few family games lined up, and the water table will be out to let the children have some messy fun before they go home, probably soaking wet.
So, I’ll leave you for now, and hope that you like my choices for today’s Six.
Rosa Mortimer Sackler
Achillea ‘Lilac Beauty’
I added three Achillea ‘Lilac Beauty’ to the border a few months ago, as the plant information stated that they look best planted in drifts. Three might prove to be a bit too much for the border when the plants grow, but for the moment they will be fine where they are.
Rosa ‘Queen of Sweden’
The colour of Queen of Sweden begins as an apricot-pink then matures to a soft pink. It also has a lovely perfume.
Dahlia ‘Mr Frans’
My dahlias are quite late in flowering, the first to appear is Mr Frans and has been grown from a tuber that I stored last year. Dahlia ‘Mr Frans’ is a Waterlily type and the most lovely peach colour.
Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’
This is the first time that I’ve grown Cerinthe from seed and was surprised that all the seeds germinated and even more surprised that they quickly matured to plants large enough to go into the garden. I thought I’d have enough to put a few in a container with other plants, but I had enough to go in several pots, plus the borders and even had a few left to pass on to family and friends.
I think this is Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ but I can’t be sure. They’re just a small collection of four or five plants that border a path.
Stay safe, stay healthy, wherever you are – and have a happy weekend!
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All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.