Six on Saturday 27th June 2020.

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.

This week was my first week back at work after being furloughed and it’s way to get the country back on it’s feet. To say I was a tad annoyed I saw the pictures of Bournemouth beach of all the Covidiots (wonderful word) crammed onto the beach like sardines would be an understatement. I really don’t get this visiting the beach when it is sunny and sitting there crammed like sardines. I don’t see the appeal. I guess I am blessed that I live in Northumberland and we have some of the most beautiful beaches in England and most of them are deserted.

Gardening has very much taken a back seat this week and this weeks six is going to be short as I have started writing this blog late.

Here is this weeks six.

1. Dahlias

All the Dahlias are potted up and ready to roll. The photo was taken 2 weeks ago. I noticed on Wednesday night that some of the bottom leaves were getting nibbled. I will have to keep a close eye on them. This year I for almost of my Dahlias from Halls of Heddon in the Tyne Valley. I was going to pick them up and make a bit of a day of it but the virus soon put paid to that and I got them couriered. All plants arrived in excellent condition.

2. Sempervivum Sprite

I came home on Wednesday night to this photo opportunity and couldn’t resist. Lots of Sempervivums are flowering at the moment and the bees are loving the flowers. It’s been a really good year for Sempervivums this year and they are loving the warm weather.

3. Rose Paul’s Scarlett

I bought this a couple of years ago for obvious reasons. This didn’t do anything last year mostly it is because it is on a northern facing fence but this year it is taller and it is getting more sun. The flowers are pretty small compared to some of the other ones I have. Is it me or are red roses don’t seem to be that common these days especially this vibrant colour.

4. Clematis Ooh La La

This Clematis is performing above and beyond this year. It has struggled over the last couple of years but the sunny weather we had in May has seemed to bought out the best in it. Instead of friend vertical this one is growing horizontally along the trellis.

5. Lavender

As mentioned in the previous post the weather this year has been one of the sunniest I can remember. Lavender in particular seems to be loving the sunny weather. Obviously this is a Mediterranean plant and it shouldn’t be a surprise. Long may it continue..

6. Knautia Macedonia

A smaller form Knautia/pincushion than ever one I had last year this one is at the front of my border. It has a wonderful red wine colour and you can really see why this is called a pincushion flower.

That’s my six for this week.

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Until next week goodbye.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Great Six. I can grow scabious but for some reason I didn’t have much luck growing Knautia. I should give them another go. Great close up of the Lavender. I bought two red roses this year, although I don’t think they’re as red as yours – that’s a classic red rose shade. Lovely.


  2. I bemoaned the fact that I don’t have any red roses in my garden. I don’t think there is a shortage generally, they are all in other people’s gardens! My sempervivums are threatening to flower soon but I don’t think they are such pretty colours as yours. Nice Six-on-Saturday.

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  3. fredgardener says:

    Hi Paul . Ohlala ! this clematis …!
    Very beautiful sempervivum flowers. Mine have not bloomed so far. I think I should take out the pot instead of being in the greenhouse. But they like the warmth inside. A difficult compromise

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  4. Oh my sempervivum are doing some strange things which I am guessing are going to be flowers. They are like beautiful aliens aren’t they! Perhaps next week I will be able to share them. I love your rose, what a colour! Nice clematis too, the name make me like it even more. 🙂

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  5. March Picker says:

    oohLaLa indeed! Have a good gardening week!


  6. I inherited very little here as the goats had eaten everything. However I have a couple of bright red climbing roses which I would never have chosen but like yours it is rather beautiful and vivid.

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  7. Great colour on your Knautia and I like that clematis. Looking forward to seeing how the dahlias do.

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  8. Your Clematis is lasting so well. Some of mine went over very quickly with the heat. The others have been battered by todays awful wind. Lovely Six

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  9. cavershamjj says:

    your dahlias all look very nice. mine are mostly looking very munched, to the point of giving up on them. i do think they are a lot easier to manage out of the ground, so even though they survive the winter here quite happily, i may dig them up. maybe…

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    1. Thanks. I have been looking tonight and some bigger has been having a nibble. Work has gone crazy so this weeks post will be the shortest ever.


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