Six on Saturday – 08/09/2018

Hello people, I’m back again!

Life took a bit of a dip recently after the death of my Dad and I lost interest in everything including blogging! I haven’t stepped foot on my allotment for 2 weeks and not sure what I’m going to find this afternoon when I make a much needed visit. However, yesterday I spent time in my daughter’s garden doing a spot of tidying up, they have missed their gardener (me!) so there is a lot to do.

1. Begonias

Whilst not to everyone’s taste this begonia trough is a riot of colour and you can’t help but think wow! Personally I was not a lover of begonias, the name always springs to mind visions of little pink flowers with burgundy leaves used in park gardens. These were small bedding plants given to my son in law by his father and I planted them in a trough on the patio, certainly not expecting the kaleidoscope outcome. They have survived the hot dry weather, being ignored, and have changed my view on begonias.

2. Morning Glory and an unknown clematis

Much to my daughter and SiL’s dismay, after pulling up the bindweed growing rapidly up the trellis on the garage wall, I planted Morning Glory. I think they were a little more than a bit dubious when I explained the difference and that ‘Grandpa Otts’ was a great colourful climber. Although we thought we had cleared the bed in the spring, I found a tiny clematis shoot, so without saying anything I left it to weave it’s way up the trellis. By some miracle it is the same colour as the Morning Glory, but I have no idea what it is called – anyone recognise it?

3. Dahlia ‘Preference’

A good friend wanted to buy me a ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlia last year but as they were out of stock she ordered tubers to be delivered in the spring. The nursery sent two tubers of ‘Preference’ with a note to say Cafe au Lait was still not available so we’re sending the tubers closest in colour – which was not the case. It is aptly named as I do prefer this one, the blooms are smaller than ‘Cafe au Lait’ and it gives more colour. You can see from the above photo, it has been left to tumble through the flowerbed – this happens when the gardener doesn’t visit regularly and stake the plants 😄. I think they look lovely like this and might just let them do this next year rather than have them regimentally tied up.

4. Salvia ‘Love and Kisses’

I have introduced a number of salvias of different types into their garden. We have all fallen in love with ‘Love and Kisses’. I was a little concerned that it wasn’t going to get enough sun, this border is in shade in the morning and late afternoon, but clearly it was a good spot and it is thriving. Getting it through the winter is the next step – advice on this please?

5. Euphorbia ‘Summer Icicle’

How many packets of seeds free with gardening magazines do you actually use? I had a weird collection in the spring and amongst them was a packet of Euphorbia seeds. I was unaware you could not only grow Euphorbia from seeds, but that some of them were annuals. As an experiment I sowed them in little pots and was not very successful with only two coming to fruition. They are in the ‘Hot Bed’ and are so pretty. I do know they are full of sap which can be an irritant so will be careful. ‘Summer Icicle’ is on my seeds to grow list for 2019.

6. Hot Bed

It is difficult looking after someone else’s garden when they have different ideas and these obviously must be respected. Even more so when it is family. I like the cram-it-all-in style of gardening, giving the higgledy piggledy look, as you can see in the number 3 Dahlia photo. My daughter and SiL prefer to go for the clear cut, room around each plant, look. It is a large garden with lots of space for different flowerbeds so a variety of looks are easily incorporated. Armed with a list of suggested plants from me, they bought and planted a hot bed, including grasses. monarda, agapanthus, salvias and knipofia. It really is quite impressive and they have done an excellent job. Above is the bed from both ends.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your bereavement, never easy to deal with. The morning glory are great, they look like they have a little torch bulb inside. Could the clematis be ‘the president’? There are lots of purple clems of course. I’m with you in the planting stakes – I like a well stuffed border! Bare ground is merely a missed opportunity in my book.

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  2. Lots of lovelies there – the morning glory w/the clematis is lovely, as is the substitute dahlia. Lots of lovely plants in the hot garden. I used to like space around my plants, but the more I garden, the more I like things to blend. Perhaps experience makes us look at a garden w/different eyes.

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  3. I’m envious of the Morning Glories. They feature in my Six this week because mine won’t flower. I bought S. ‘Love and Kisses’ last year. It’s a fantastic colour. at the end of autumn I dug it up and treated it the same way that I treat my half lardy Fuchsias – cut it back, remove the last few leaves and pot into as small a pot as I can get the roots into. I keep them in my unheated glasshouse over winter with minimum watering. It survived the Beast From The East and has flowered for months. I’m going to do cuttings as well this year.


  4. That’s a lovely dahlia and I’m very fond of salvias too. I used to be a bit snooty about what I called ‘council garden plants’ like begonias, but now I appreciate what a show they put on 🙂


  5. It’s never easy to lose ones we love, and I wish you all the best. You are very kind to work in your daughter’s garden. The salmon pink cactus dahlia is a beauty snd a nice substitution. I may be one hoarder of Cafe au Lait with about 20 tubers since they have such a great variation of tones within the variety itself. I’m with you on enjoying them all asunder. Last night’s rain here knocked some over and I rather like it that way!

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  6. This is the first time I read your Six and I enjoyed seeing all the colors of your photos … Maybe something to hide the sadness related to your deceased father. All my condolences.
    I also liked your euphorbia, a variety rarely seen in the other six


  7. So sorry to hear about your dad, he must have been a good age. And how lovely is the ‘hot bed’. I grew begonias this year too for the first time. They were free corms sent with an order from a mail-order company. I planted them in a trough and put it in the front courtyard where it is light, but no direct sunlight. They have been stunning! And I even like the shape of the leaves. So different to that bedding stuff. I hope the allotment survived your absence.


  8. Sorry to hear about your Dad. No wonder you felt you couldn’t do any blogging.
    I’ve never been very keen on begonias either, but those do make a lovely bright splash.


    • It was a shock because it was so sudden but he’s at peace. Losing both parents in just over a year regardless of how old they are does tend to blur your outlook on life but I’ve bounced back and almost recovered. Glad you liked the begonias they certainly are cheerful 😁

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  9. I’ve met Morning Glory in the Mediterranean while on holiday, it is just as rampant as bindweed, smothering everything! Hope yours doesn’t survive the winter. I would take cuttings of your salvia just in case we have another cold winter.


    • Yes it can be as rampant as it’s close cousin. I’m chopping it off as it gets to the top of the trellis so it doesn’t clamber over the roof. The downside of that is it throws out more shoots from the bottom. It will be pulled up once it stops flowering, we don’t mind it coming back as long as it’s kept in check. Thanks for the tip re cuttings of the salvia.


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