Six on Saturday 06/06/20

I was asked this morning what I had planned for the weekend. Without a second thought my reply was “I’m going to learn how to do a rain dance”. We desperately need a good week of soaking rain. The soil is rock hard and the grass has gone brown. Whilst an evening drench with many cans of water is ok, there is nothing like good prolonged rainfall for the garden. There are still plants flowering regardless which is heartening.

Here are my Six on Saturday.

1. Sweet peas

I made the mistake of saying to fellow residents of our flats, “Help yourself, sweet peas need to be picked daily”. It was my plan this morning to choose six photos of my sweet peas, but someone had got there before me. Although there are a lot of buds, very few are open so that idea was shelved. I have grown several varieties and planted them all together so they are all intertwined:-

  1. Heirloom
  2. Ripple mix
  3. Beaujolais

2. Fuchsia ‘Delta Sarah’

This hardy fuchsia was a tiny .50p pot from Morrison’s last year and is now a splendid bush with lots of flowers. I particularly like this one because it is different to the usual pink ones.

3. Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’

Along with sweet peas, Cerinthe is one of my all time favourite plants. I have grown lots from seed this year for the gardens here and also planted some in a container on my patio. If you are lucky they will self-seed and come back following years. They are just about to flower, this is the first flower I could see.

4. Allium ‘oreophilum’ and Allium ‘moly’

The pinky/purple one is ‘oreophilum’ and the yellow one is ‘moly’. I seem to recall I bought a mixed bulb collection last year and planted them in a large barrel container, and then forgot all about them. They must have come with a similar variety in white which are now almost over. The pink and yellow are just flowering now.

5. Mallow

This is a rogue plant which has found a home on the edge of the driveway kerb. Initially I thought it was a geranium but now I realise it’s a mallow. It is very pretty and although I know they can grow into large bushes, I think I’ll leave it there for the time being.

6. Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

The salvia is covered in flowers now and as I was taking a photo of it, this bee landed on one of the flowers. Most of the flowers are true to the plants name ‘Hot Lips’ red and white with a few all red flowers. It’s not the sharpest of photos but the bee was not hanging around for a second shot!

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  1. ‘Delta Sarah’ also started flowering here and I discovered 2 flowers when I came back from my in-laws this afternoon … others I grow don’t have flower buds yet.
    Nice mix of these 2 alliums!


  2. If the sweet peas went that quickly your notice was precisely the right one to put up!
    I’ve got it wrong about sweet peas. I was thinking that because one can still be sowing edible peas there was still time to sow sweet peas. Now people are showing pictures of the flowers so I suppose I have missed the boat. I’m always torn anyway. I love the look of them and the smell of them – but they give me awful hay fever so I can’t cut them and bring them indoors – which is really where I want them.


  3. You’ve jogged my memory on a couple of things, what are my Allium moly doing, having been lifted, potted then replanted last year. And did my Cerinthe produce any self sown seedlings; it might have been too dry for them to germinate. Delta’s Sarah is a lovely fuchsia, one of mine didn’t survive the winter so I’m down to one, must take some cuttings.


    • Glad to have helped. I’ve had a problem with all my various seeds this year and have blamed the compost. However the Cerinthe have been very successful. Good luck with your cuttings.


  4. I think Cerinthe is something I’m going to have to grow from seed for next year’s garden. And you’ve reminded me that the lovely little allium with the grey green leaves is moly. And while I have plenty of mallow I am Salvia deficient. Lessons learned. Thank you!


    • We bought lots of tiny shrubs from them last year when making the front border. They’ve all been very successful. I reckon if you are happy to wait a couple of years and not have instant results cheap plants are well worth it.


  5. Lovely sweet peas. I haven’t grown them this year because they have been so disappointing over the last couple of years, but I do love and miss their scent! Your Fuchsia is a gorgeous colour. Most of mine are in pots and not flowering yet (they are in a north facing courtyard and don’t get any sun, though it is fairly light), and I have just sown cerinthe for the first time and noticed that little seedlings are appearing. I hope they survive! Your alliums are pretty too. I must look out for them. As for the mallow. I grew some a few years back and they came back the following year and completely took over the bed they were in (hence the poor sweet peas) – I thought I’d dug them all out last year after flowering, but noticed a few leaves the other day which I quickly removed! Nice plants (though mine got rust) in the right place and bees love them.


    • My mum used to grow them when I was little. They thrived in a wild seaside garden in North Wales I figured if they could grow there they’d grow anywhere. She also had them as her wedding bouquet in 1950. When she was in a nursing home near me I grew them so I could take her bunches and I’ve continued ever since. The plot owners next to me on the allotment grow fabulous sweet peas and swear by mulching with spent hops from the local brewery. I had a mallow in my Worthing garden and it grew into an enormous shrub.


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