Six on Saturday 2020 21-11

In my little corner of the country, the garden has exhausted itself, and it’s looking sad and very dull, much like the weather. So this week I’m taking a look back to summer. Not only was it a Covid-19 summer, but it was also a dripping wet summer, at least, where I am. So this week my six is about rain. And before you switch off, this was welcome rain; it was light rain that fell gently one night in June and refreshed the garden after an unusually dry, sunny and warm spring.

This will be my last Six on Saturday until next year, though I’m sure I’ll be posting about other things, just not six subjects – for a little while. I’ll be baking, helping to organise a Zoom concert, creating invitations, putting finishing touches to the rooms I’m getting ready for Christmas visitors, decorating the trees and hopefully making the house sparkle. I hope to find time to put together another photo book of my favourite garden photos, and I’ll say more about that in a separate post – but for now, here are my six rainy day plants.

Heuchera Marmalade
Heuchera (possibly) Root Beer
The Rose
The unknown Climbing Rose
Hosta before the snails got to it
Gorgeous elegant leaves
Papaver orientale ‘allegro’
Fatsia japonica
Alchemilla Mollis
The Picnic Table
Even our old picnic table managed to look good after the rain

Oops…I think I’ve gone over six. Does anyone mind? 😁

That’s all from me for the moment friends, I’ll pop in to see your blogs, and post about various topics from time to time and until then, stay safe, healthy & happy!


To join with other garden enthusiasts from around the world, and see how they garden, 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

36 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 2020 21-11

  1. Great minds think alike… Mine is also a review, Catherine. Enjoy the SOS break. I’ll likely be reading some of your other updates.
    I too love photographing raindrops on Alchemilla. Amazing droplets even hours after rain has stopped. Beir bua, a chara.

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    1. Thank you Pádraig, I think there will be a good number of Sixer reviews over the next wee while. When I read your posts & comments it always makes me wish I had learned Gaelic as a child. My mother always said it was a dead language and that we children should speak English, and learn French. 😁 Times change.


      1. Go raibh maith agat, a chara. Most folk of my generation had Irish (aka Gaelic) beaten into us in school. Not the way to go. I do like to encourage a cúpla focal and I’m happy to report that it works as an encouragement many.
        There’s a wonderful folk song about a shopkeeper prosecuted by the Brits (before our independence) for having name in Gaelic over his shop!

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        1. It wasn’t taught in schools when I was a child, but much of Scotlands’s history wasn’t taught either. It’s coming back now, along with a huge flurry of blue and white Saltires. Time’s they are a-changing.

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          1. Political realities.. History often taught without context all over the world. Same as the fact that English are unaware of atrocities committed in Ireland. Oh god… I must return to gardening or I’ll turn into an aphid!

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  2. Such gorgeous photos, Catherine! Love them all, especially the final one of the picnic table! Enjoy all your preparation for Christmas, your book, the Zoom concert, etc, and we will be looking forward to seeing your garden again in the new year.

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    1. Thank you – I’ll pop into your blog shortly and see what you’ve been doing over the past week. Take care & enjoy your more-sunshiny-garden-than-mine. 😄                    

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    1. Thank you Hortus – I’m my own worst enemy though, I go out to take a shot of a single plant and end up with multiple dozens of raw files to choose from and process.


    1. I’ve been digging these up for years Jude, but never manage to get rid of them. I expect too many seeds hit the soil before I lift them – year in, year out. They’re the wrong colour and the wrong plant in the wrong place. I’d like other varieties though. 😁


  3. All your photos are wonderful, and the raindrops an added bonus as far as I’m concerned. There have been a few Heucheras this week, mine included. A couple of people have mentioned Marmalade to me, and I’m going to keep a lookout for it. I shall have a laden table of them!
    I planted a poppy like yours, but it’s nowhere near as lush. I wonder what it’s missing?

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    1. Thank you Jane, I probably show Heuchara ‘Marmalade’ too often – it’s a long-time favourite. I hope you manage to get hold of one.

      I think that oriental poppies like cool conditions in spring and autumn, and they go dormant in the summer heat. Perhaps your plant just needs to mature? I’ve had this one for years and try to remove it every year – but it just loves its spot in the border and keeps coming back.

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  4. We have had much in the way of wet and dismal here too Catherine although for once November has been a more pleasant and sunny month that October. Our first light frost happened on Tuesday but we are in for even colder weather and fog as the week progresses. I do like the look of heuchera ‘Marmalade’ and the raindrops add to its appearance. It certainly sounds as if you’re going to be busy over the next few weeks. Have fun and take care 😄

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    1. Our first frost was this morning Anna, but it was just a light frost. We actually had a dry day yesterday and got 145 tulip bulbs planted into above-ground pots and below-ground pots! More to go in tomorrow. I’m happy! 😁


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