Six on Saturday 7th August 2021

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday

I start off this blog with some good news. I have returned part time and I am glad to be back as it was something I thought I would never be able to do. I am blessed to work for a great company who have been so kind and understanding of the last few months. Of course this means I can’t spend that much in the garden but the way O see it I need more pennies to buy more plants.

The weather has been somewhat changeable this week up here North of the wall. We have had a few hot days and showers have got more frequent at the end of the week.

Here is this weeks six on Saturday.

1. Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

I have nicked this picture from the RBGE social media account. It shows their long herbaceous border in all it’s glory. Of course I have not been able to go there because of the Lockdown and illness and I am looking forward to the day I can go back.

2. Main Border

The only thing I have done on this border this year is a bit of light weeding. As you can see it is now full to breaking point and so will have to oversee some thinning in the autumn And remove a couple of plants and put them on the new border I am having built in the front garden. You may notice a triffid in the top right of the picture. More on that in the next picture

3. Lily Flaspoint

This Lily has turned into a bit of a monster this year. It is far taller this year and the flowers are massive. They have also lost the mottos brown spots it usually has has. Is this normal for a Lily? The bulbs have been planted for 3 years now.

4. Sempervivum Cherry Dancer.

This is one of my most impressive Sempervivums at the moment. The colours are so vibrant and like some Sempervivums the colours blend with the effect you get when you tie dye and the like. I posted this on a Sempervivum forum on Facebook and said that the photo was almost perfect. I suppose it’s a metaphor of life in the Instagram at the moment, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and why look perfect when you can look beautiful . I think I have gone off on one, does that make sense?

5. Bees, bees, bees

I posted a few weeks ago that there seemed to be a distinct las like of bees and butterflies this year perhaps due to a cold April and wet May. However there seems to be have a glut of bumble bees over the last few weeks and they have been enjoying the usual suspects like lavender, Eryngiums and field Scabious . I have spent many a happy moment just looking at the bees collecting pollen and working away without a care in the world.

6. Echerveria Chroma

My choice of Echerveria this week is Echerveria Chroma. This hybrid was produced by Altman Nurseries in California. A slow grower it makes up for it with it’s marvellous colours. I can’t make my mind up if the Lomb pointing out on the right is a baby plant or a flower. Some people say if you cut it off and replant it it will become a plant. I might give it a try.

That is my six for this week.

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Until next week goodbye.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    I don’t know about the brown spots on the Lily but anyway it’s beautiful and very big if you compare to your hand! A nice selection of plants this week and the Edinburgh Garden must be very pretty (I’ve seen several photos showing it already.)

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    1. Yes it’s massive…mind ypu I hafe relatively small hands. It is beautiful Fred but you would expect that from a 300 year old Scottish garden and a lot of explorers and botanists in the New World came fro Scotland.

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  2. Oh that picture of the herbaceous border in the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh makes me think of all my visits there, especially with my dad who was a gardener and loved that border. Thanks for posting and hope you are keeping well.

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    1. Your dad was a very lucky man to work there. I hope all is well.


  3. That border at Edinburgh B G is stunning. I didn’t know of it, but it looks well worth a visit. Cherry Dancer is very beautiful – what a stunning colour.

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    1. Oh you must go it’s brilliant to visit. Not in the City centre itself but close.


  4. Jim Stephens says:

    I’m sure I have slides of the Edinburgh border stashed in the attic, from 40 odd years ago. Impressive that it still looks so good; how come they don’t get pests or diseases or weed infestations to bring it all crashing down. What a beast of a lily, I want one!

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    1. I should imagine they still have an army of gardeners even after the lockdown. Yojr right though you never see any diseae or pests. It’s probaly somethimg they have put in the jet black compost they use.


  5. Your garden border looks really lovely. When I ignore a plant and leave it to its own devices, it usually does extremely well. 🤔 Beautiful, red sempervivum

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, Cherry Dancer certainly is red! I wish I knew what cultivars our are, or at least what they are supposed to look like. They are so underappreciated here. I can not help but wonder if they once lived in a fancy garden of someone who knew and appreciated them. Someone left in with pots of assorted succulents here to incorporate into our landscapes. They seem happy, but I would be happier if I could give them a more appropriate home.

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  7. Heyjude says:

    Yay to the good news about your job. And what a monster lily. It would never survive the wind here.

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    1. Thanks Jude. Hope all is well in Cornwall

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      1. Heyjude says:

        Cornwall is heaving with tourists! Be glad when September arrives and they all go home.

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  8. Good news indeed on the work front. Your garden is looking good.

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    1. Yes good news indeed. Luckily the garden is mostly looking after it self.

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  9. Your border is looking great. Happy memories of the Botanic Garden as our daughter spent five years at Edinburgh University. I don’t know what’s happened to the Lily’s spots but it is still beautiful. Good to hear that you’re recovering. Take it steady

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    1. I am lucky my head office is 200 yards away from the gardens. Thanks for your good wishes!


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