Six on Saturday 2020 05-09

Autumn has arrived, and I’m still wondering whatever happened to summer. The days are shorter and I’m opening the greenhouse later in the morning, and closing it earlier in the evening. By next weekend I expect that all my Cosmos and other bedding will have been removed and I’ll be complaining about empty borders.

This week I’ve had two days out! Pre-Covid-19, a day in a park and a visit to see a long-time friend would have been ordinary, every-day events, but after a long lockdown, I am cherishing those two days and hopefully I’ll never again take simple pleasures like these for granted.

This week my youngest grandson turned 2 years old. There are no parties this year, instead, we went to a country park with mum, dad, the two children and their maternal grandmother plus an uncle. The children had a brilliant time in the spacious adventure playground set within a beautiful area and our biggest enjoyment was watching them having so much fun.

Yesterday I visited a long-time friend, we haven’t seen each other in six months, so had a lot of catching up to do. We walked around her garden first and although she complained about the nibbles in a number of plants, they looked fantastic compared to mine, some of which have been munched to ground level! Her garden is beautifully tended, and it’s easy to see the thought and care that she puts into it.

Next week I’m going to my first post-lockdown garden centre (yeah!), but meantime, here’s my Six for this Saturday.

Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’

This dahlia featured in last week’s Six, when just one flower had opened. I said how much I loved it, and as a show of appreciation, it presented me with seven flowers just two days later. I love it even more. It’s had all sorts of awful weather to contend with this week, but it’s held its heads high and those gorgeous slender stems have, remarkably, stayed upright. Long live D. ‘Chat Noir’.

The top image was taken just outside the summerhouse, the one below was taken from inside, overlooking part of the garden.

Dahlia ‘Babylon Bronze’?

The only dahlia unaccounted for this year (other than D. ‘My Love’ that didn’t grow) is ‘Babylon Bronze’ and sadly this isn’t it. I’m sure when I dig up the tuber I’ll come across the label clearly written ‘Babylon Bronze’ along with the date it was planted and the name of the supplier. However, this is what has flowered, and it’s not the dahlia that I ordered earlier in the year, it’s not D. ‘Babylon Bronze’. The closest I can find to it online is D. ‘Pippi’.

Ammi Visnaga

I’ve been growing Ammi for a good number of years and planting it amongst the roses. I like it there, but it’s so late in flowering this year that the roses, who flowered their little hearts out during the summer are now past their beautiful best. The Ammi germinated well and grew into strong little plants during spring, but then their growth slowed down.

I have bought a packet of seeds and will sow them shortly and do my best to try to get them through the winter so that they will have a head start next year. Good plan, if I can make it work.


This clematis is clambering up a short metal obelisk, through a small tree, and I suspect, over the fence and into a neighbour’s garden. They’re probably seeing more of it than I am. Tidying up this particular area is a project that’s been scheduled for late winter. I have way too many projects… Meantime the clematis (who’s name I don’t know) is adding some much appreciated early autumn colour.

Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

This tall and graceful anemone has been in bloom for several weeks and still has plenty of flower power left in her. It’s her third year in this border, and so far she hasn’t outgrown her space. It was nice to see Adam Frost planting two ‘Honorine Jobert’ on Gardeners’ World last night.

Unnamed Dahlia

This is a small Patio Dahlia, one of three that I bought from a local garden centre. It has a pretty little flower, and its yellow colour is striking against the dark leaves. It has flowered fairly well so far, but mostly just one (sometimes two, but on opposite sides of the plant!) flowers at a time. I’m waiting for a spectacular performance of massed buds opening at the same time.

That’s my six for this weekend, don’t forget to check out all the other Six on Saturday posts from all around the world. Details below. Happy gardening everyone!


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.

25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 2020 05-09

    1. Monty Don usually has a lot of it in his garden – keep an eye out for it if you’re a Gardeners’ World fan. I’ll pop over to your blog later, right now I still have plants to lift out of the border revamp project, so I’m off outdoors to tackle that.


  1. I have the same unnamed clematis in bloom right now. About the ‘Babylon Bronze’ it’s hard to know. I have the ‘Babylon Red’ one , also flowered and I posted at the end of my Six a link to a recent photo on Twitter. You will be able to compare. Nice Six with beautiful pics as always…

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    1. It’s a pretty clematis – I hope I can retrieve the label in winter, once I can get into the back of the border.
      I’ve had a look at your Babylon Red on Twitter – it’s fabulous. I wouldn’t have minded if the one above had been a Babylon Red, but it’s neither the bronze nor the red variety. But I guess mistakes happen and there’s nothing I can do about it now. I’ll try again next year (from another supplier) and see if I can get the right plant! 😁

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    1. Ammi Visnaga also looks great in a clear vase, just on its own – it’s very light and airy with lovely fern-like foliage. It can fill a vase quickly.
      Ammi Visnaga grows to 36 inches, but from an autumn sowing it grows much larger – 5’ 9”.
      Another variety is Ammi majus – also lovely and it grows to a height of around 4’ though taller from autumn sowings.
      A slightly different and very pretty plant that I use quite often is Orlaya grandiflora – smaller at 24”. Hope that helps!

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  2. A good few of my dahlias seem to be covered in buds but very few flowers, so i’m waiting with eager anticipation for them to open. The Chat Noir looks great and may find its way into my garden next year!
    I’ve never grown Ammi Visnaga but it looks lovely in your photos. I hope your plan to encourage some earlier flowering works out. I’m wondering whether to try it for snapdragons which I have a similar issue with.
    The anemone looks wonderful.

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    1. I haven’t grown snapdragons, so I don’t know much about early sowings. The way I see it is that it’s only a few seeds, some compost and time that will be lost if it doesn’t work, so worth a try. I’ll still have my fingers crossed though.


  3. Sigh… more lovely dahlias. I particularly like the yellowy one with the dark leaves, I saw a beauty in Lanhydrock when we visited – Dahlia ‘Knockout’ – the leaves were almost black! I found Ammi Visagna flowered late for me when I grew it a couple of years ago in my experimental white bed! Ammi majus was much earlier and prettier I think. I now grow the perennial plant Selinum wallichianum which also flowers late on so probably no match for the roses.

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    1. D. ‘Knockout’ is indeed very dark-leaved, and the yellow looks almost luminous. Nice.
      I’ll be sowing A. Visnaga again and in spring I’ll sow some A. Majus too – I use both in the garden though not always in the same year.
      I have Astrantias growing in the same areas as the roses, and they add a light and airy look to the planting as well, but when the astrantias start to fade, they look messy – plus I love the foliage of Ammi.

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  4. Great that you were able to meet up with an old friend Catherine and enjoy her garden too. Sadly the wind snapped off some stalks of dahlia ‘Chat Noir’ here but she is an absolute beauty. I’m hoping to get to a garden centre too in the next week or so – it will be my first trip to one this year 😂 Must be an all time record. I hope that you enjoyed your trip and wonder what fell into your trolley.

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    1. I hope you choose a better day to go to the garden centre than I did, Anna. I was there today, and it was pouring rain. But I did meet up with my sister for the first time in over six months – so it was a worthwhile trip, even though we were both soaked. 😁

      Sorry about your ‘Chat Noir’ – I hope it has more buds on it. I’ll have to go and check on mine after today’s rain.


  5. Your surprise dahlia ‘Pippi’ is really lovely with its flecks of darker colour on the petals. I really do like it! I’m very envious of your anemone, and hope that this will be the year that my plant(s) flower (I recently bought a pink flowering variety). Thee Ammi is new to me and I can’t recall having seen one before. It reminds me of the Queen Anne Lace flowers. Your Clematis is a gorgeous colour! My Clematis plant seems to have survived the winter, and I was thrilled to see new buds on it. I’m hoping that it will grow stronger this year and maybe even start flowering. They really are beautiful plants.

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    1. Fingers crossed that you get a whole load of pretty flowers on your anemone
      Ammi is similar to Queen Anne’s Lace, but I think it’s a more cultivated form. It’s pretty in the garden and adds a lovely, airy look to the planting.
      I agree with you about clematis – they’re fabulous, though I never seem to get as many flowers on some of mine as I’d like. I’ve increased the feeding regime, so hoping for better next year! 😁

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