Six on Saturday 2020 12-09

I’d love to share with you, photographs of my trolley full of fabulous plant acquisitions from my first visit to a garden centre since the start of lockdown – but alas my shopping list remained unfulfilled! I couldn’t possibly leave empty-handed, so I bought a Heuchera and a small packet of Iris reticulata bulbs.

It was pouring rain throughout this milestone visit, but my day did brighten when I met my sister there. I haven’t seen her (other than on Zoom) since early March, again due to lockdown. She brought me a dahlia from her garden, ‘Peach Brandy’ which also brightened up my day, but I failed to brighten hers as I forget to bring along the one that I had for her. It calls for another visit of course.

We were the only two customers in the plant section, or to put it another way, the only two people mad enough, brave enough or desperate enough to be plant-hunting in heavy rain.

The main item on my list was Rhododendron ‘Black Magic’ but the garden centre didn’t stock that variety. If any of you are familiar R. ‘Black Magic’ and think it’s not a good buy, then please let me know, because a very large nursery just 25 minutes drive from home has it in stock and I’m planning to be there next week. Or perhaps you have it and think it’s wonderful, in which case I’d also love to know all about it.

I’m repeating myself this weekend because I’m featuring a couple of plants that have been shown before. One is an update, one is a farewell until next year. The first is just because the sun shone.


We had a brief interlude of sunshine mid-week during what has been a very wet and very windy period of weather. The rudbeckias were glowing. I know they won’t go on forever, and they were looking so fabulous that I put my tools down and went indoors to collect my camera.

Below is a side view of the border, with Dahlia ‘Kenzo’ and Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ in the background.

Verbena Bonariensis ‘Lollipop’

Until recent years I would have fled the garden in the presence of anything remotely bee or wasp-like. I can clearly remember being stung as a child and the pain on my hand as I ran screaming, to my mum & dad.

However, if you want to be in the garden, and more importantly, work in the garden, then you have to learn to share your space with those important little insects. And as the years have passed, I’ve begun to realise that they don’t mean me any harm and so far, we’ve worked side by side without any major incidents. I do give wasps a wide berth though! I have Verbena of various sorts in the garden and this is ‘Lollipop’ a shorter version of Verbena bonariensis, though this year it has grown much taller than it should. They survived our last wet winter, and if they do the same this year, I’ll cut them back hard in early spring.

Farewell Cosmos, Calendula & more

I’ve started clearing out annuals and so far have removed most the Cosmos, Calendula, Tagetes and Cerinthe. They would have continued to flower for a good few weeks yet, but the weather hasn’t been kind to them, and the majority of flowers were looking sad, faded and untidy. They’ve been great but it was time for them to go. I’ve particularly loved Cosmos ‘Double Click Mix’ for its pretty ruffled blooms and range of colours – I’ll definitely be growing this again next year.

Cosmos ‘Double Click Mix’
Cosmos ‘Double Click Mix’
Cosmos ‘Double Click Mix’ with Calendula ‘Snow Princess’
Cosmos Dazzler
Rosa ‘Teasing Georgia’

This climber has a lovely fragrance and large strong flowers that are deeply coloured in the centre and lighter on the outer petals. Although the sun is hitting it in this shot, it’s in a spot that is mostly shaded and I’m not getting the best from the plant. I’m mulling over whether to attempt to move it at the end of winter or buy a new one for a sunnier spot. I wonder how difficult it is to move a climbing rose…

Rosa ‘Princess Anne’

This rose has been a great flowerer throughout the year, but now it’s producing blooms only occasionally. It has done well all summer and I’m sure there will be a few more flowers before the winter arrives. Brrr…  Many of my roses have been badly hit by black spot this year, and this one is beginning to show a few affected leaves now. Treatment will be administered in regular doses next year!

Clematis ‘Fond Memories’

I have two of these that were growing in the same difficult area as R. ‘Teasing Georgia’ above, and this year had given both up as a lost cause. They were just about to go to the compost bin when I changed my mind and put them into pots to try growing them in a sunnier spot. One hadn’t flowered at all last year and had barely any growth, the other wilted early on, so I thought I was slightly mad for even attempting resuscitation. But I was wrong, as both grew well and produced a few flowers. They’re still a shadow of their former selves, though I have high hopes that next year, back in the ground in a sunny spot, they will be heaps more floriferous.

I hope you’re all healthy and happy, have a good weekend everyone and don’t forget to check out all the other Six on Saturday posts from around the world. Details below.


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25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 2020 12-09

  1. A lovely selection of plants. The side view of the border is stunning. Flowers do seem to glow in the September sunshine. I planted ‘Teasing Georgia’ behind the swing seat in March. She hasn’t done much and I’m also wondering if it’s a tad too shady for her. I’ll give her another year there. I moved Gerty last year and she’s done fine, although she hadn’t been there all that long to put down many big roots. I hope the ‘Fond Memories’ plants continue to improve; the flowers are lovely.

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    1. Where I have my ‘Teasing Georgia’ gets very little sun at all. I’ve been toying with the idea of clearing that fenced area and attempting to install a ‘living wall’ with small shade lovers. Just an idea at the moment. Hope yours establishes well where it is. I moved my Gertie too – but only from the pot she’d been in for a few years. She coped with the move fairly well.

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  2. Very nice photo of this bee foraging the verbena flowers ! Bravo!
    My roses came back to life a few weeks ago after the hot summer, but they have been running out of water the last few days, unlike you in England, have powdery mildew and are a bit weak right now, unlike yours : beautiful !


    1. I hope with some good watering your roses will thrive again. Yes, here we have plenty of rain, all year round – and I believe, even more than in England.

      I’m in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Fred, lush, green and usually wet. Often very wet. 😂 But – the forecast is promising a dry sunny week ahead! Fingers crossed.

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  3. Your border photo is lovely. I’ve finally got a Helenia plant and I’m hoping it will spring forth and produce lovely flowers soon. One can hope!
    Cosmos ‘Double Click’ is looking stunning too.

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  4. Too much to comment on this week, Catherine (drat!) but I’ll give it a go! I was enticed by the first photo of rudbeckia and not disappointed by the others. Love that you took the time to get your camera to share them with us. The variety is wonderful. I have had great luck with the Cosmos Double Click series in years past, and will return to it again. And yes, it’s sad to pull annuals, but also satisfying. This week it’s the sweet peas that will be evicted here. Best of luck on your hunt for Black Magic. I have two Warlock I adore, which was a parent of Black Widow here, so I share your admiration of dark blooms. I looked it up, and yours looks to be deep red while Warlock (which I’ve renamed Wizard since I much prefer it) has much more purple. Take care, and keep taking those beautiful photos!

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    1. I’ve taken a look at images for Rhododendron ‘Warlock’ – the colour is incredible, so rich and dark. It doesn’t appear to be sold here, or anything as deep in colour, which is a great pity – I could find a spot for that one. I’m hoping that Black Magic actually is a deep red, some online photos look bright red, others are dark. I’ll check with the nursery staff before buying. Have a good week !

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  5. The shot along the border with the rudbeckia, dahlia and helenium is lovely. The mixture of colours is both rich and soft. My fingers are itching to begin the annual clear out of the summer bedding, especially since my bulb order arrived today.
    I also made a garden centre visit this week (my second since March). Who new I could manage to not buy plants for so long. Still I made up for it this time, particularly since they have a large reduced section!

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    1. I cleared out some more annuals today but gave up when the rain became too heavy to work in. I need to see the borders looking tidy, even if that means empty for a while, and I’m sure you’ll be doing the same fairly soon. 😊
      You had more success than I had in the garden centre – I hope I’ll at least match you next week with my nursery visit – and to tempt me further, they have 25% off on everything during September!


  6. I always love reading your blog as I learn so much and just love the photos that you take. The bee photos in particular, are just amazing. I have my mind set on ordering an Helenium, which I need to do soon. The Cosmos mix is outstandingly beautiful with their ruffled petals; I am so used to the single petals. I’m glad you rescued the Clematis. My little Clematis plant has three new shoots, so I’m hoping it will do much better this year.

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    1. Thank you, you’re very kind. I hope you manage to get some Helenium, they’re worthwhile plants, especially Moerheim Beauty (there’s probably much more choice than that, but that is the one I know) 😁 Fingers crossed that your clematis flowers beautifully for you!

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  7. i finally managed to get hold of a moerheims beauty, i’m looking forward to dividing it next year. much nicer than the plain old yellow ones of which I have plenty. i too removed my the first of the done cosmos. for some reason it had given up, the rest are still going strong.

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    1. Good to hear that you’ve got a Moerheims Beauty. I’m thinking of lifting mine in a few weeks and attempting to divide it – I wonder how wise it is to do it In autumn rather than spring. Cosmos in my garden has all gone now. Every plant. 😔


  8. I hope you enjoy a return visit, Catherine. And that you remember to hold up your side of the bargain. When bringing plant for your dear sister, for heaven’s sake don’t bring the Teasing Georgia! Do not be tempted to move it along…

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    1. I made a return visit today Pádraig, but more about that in tomorrow’s six! Teasing Georgia is facing a move…but only to a sunnier spot where I hope it will thrive. I visited my sister (before our latest covid restrictions came into place) and took her a fairly large & healthy Dahlia ‘Daisy Duke’. 😁 Thanks for your concern!

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