Six on Saturday 15/06/2019

I am sorry but probably along with many this week, I have to mention the weather. It has not been flaming June! Quite the reverse, it’s been cold and very wet. In one aspect it’s been good, we desperately need our land to be watered and our water butts filled. However, it’s been too much of a good thing and not only made us gardeners happy, but the weeds have also thrived and the slugs and snails have been delighted with plenty to chew.

My Six this week are from my daughter’s garden, which you know, if you follow me, I help look after.

1. Lupins

Daughter and SiL’s neighbours have a beautiful garden and last year brought around a wheelbarrow full of plants they were digging up. One was this magnificent lupin. It had finished flowering when we were given it, so to see a mass of dark purple flower heads appear this year is an absolute treat.

2. Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

This was one of many salvias I planted in their garden last year. ‘Hot Lips’ is one of my favourite salvias. I gave it a good haircut earlier this year and look at it now.

3. Roses ‘Graham Thomas’

I’m delighted daughter and SiL are into roses and they have brought lots of shrubs from David Austin. ‘Graham Thomas’ is a climber with large, delicately scented blooms. The rain has ruined the open flowers but the emerging buds are well worth sharing.

4. Bottle Brush shrub

Callistemon is the proper name for the ‘Bottle Brush’, although I suspect most people know it better by its common name because it does look like a bottlebrush. I love the bright red colour it brings to a garden and being next to the Hot Lips salvia that part of the garden lights up.

5. Delphiniums and Alchemilla Mollis

In contrast to the ’red corner’, on the other side of the garden is a refreshing combination. I’m sure this delphinium was a pale blue when I planted it last year. It is a beautiful dark blue/purple and has produced a lot of flower spikes. Sometimes colour combinations happen more by accident than desire. The contrast of the ‘delphiniums blue’ (A.A.Milne’s The Dormouse and the Doctor), the yellow/green alchemilla mollis with the blue salvias in the background are a picture to behold.

6. Clematis (name unknown)

When we cleared the unruly growth covering the garage last year, there were a few climbers we left behind. One was this clematis, with a dark purple flower the size of a saucer. I included it in a post last year and asked if anyone could name it. There are so many clematis so I knew that would be a difficult question, one person suggested ’President’, I guess we will never know for sure.

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16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 15/06/2019

  1. I think I have a similar lupin this year, very jolly. Your clem could well be ‘The President”.

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  2. I would love a Callistemon, but haven’t got the space unless I resort to a container. I have very recently planted a Graham Thomas rose so I hope it grows well, mine is in shade until the afternoon. Your daughter’s garden looks quite large and you/they have some lovely plants.

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    1. Yes it is a large garden with so much potential but they like a big lawn edged with borders. They are slowly getting the garden habit but are busy at work with little time to do the work a garden would need if not kept simple. I can only give them a few hours a week.

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  3. GREAT POST and AWESOME photos! Lots of great plants and beautiful colors! Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ has always been a favorite but I have difficulty getting them to overwinter.

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  4. Great colourful post. Love the lupins; what a fab colour, I’ve a bottlebrush plant but it looks quite unhealthy. I think I’ve planted it in a too shady place. Do they like full sunshine?
    Love the colour if that rose too.
    Happy gardening.

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    1. The Bottlebrush is in the sunniest part of the garden. I gave it a haircut in April and it’s paid dividends!

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    2. Callistemon come from Australia and they need full sunshine and a sheltered place here as they are not frost hardy.

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  5. I may have to add Graham Thomas to my rose bed! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. It isn’t too happy with all the rain once the buds are open the petals fall off.

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  6. Lupins looking gorgeous. A nice hand off

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  7. One Man And His Garden Trowel June 15, 2019 — 8:53 am

    Lots of lovely colours there. I fear our Graham Thomas rose isn’t going to do very well this year after I chopped it back in the hope of encouraging lots of new stems from the ground. It just produced one stem instead! Tempted to get a bottle brush shrub. I’ve seen them sold as half standards.

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    1. A standard Bottlebrush sounds great, I can just imagine it. Roses can be funny, I’m sure your Graham Thomas will revive its self, give it plenty of talc and rose food.

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  8. It ‘s too cold here in winter for callistemon unless I grow it like many other potted plants and overwinter it in my attic… but of course they give gorgeous flowers.
    Wonderful lupins!

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    1. Is your part of France much colder than here in the South East? Maybe grow it in a pot near the house so it’s more sheltered. I agree, the lupins are just splendid.

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      1. The least we had was -15° but every winter is around -5 to -8°
        All my tender plants are overwintered indoors

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      2. Lovely assortment. You’ve reminded me that I need to sow salvia Hot Lips and Amistad for next year. They are difficult to find as plants here in the US.

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