Six on Saturday: 10.8.19-Summer colour

We have gone off for a breakaway this week, so this weeks six has been pre-written. The garden is reaching a zenith of full flowers with many of the finest flowers reaching their peaks. It’s a nice point of the year where I have to choose six rather than struggling to locate six things of any interest. Much of the time I choose plants for long-lasting foliage more than flowers but this week we have six bright choices.

1. Cosmos-double click cranberries

These were grown from seed purchased from Sarah Raven. I grew several varieties moving them inside and outside when it was still chilly. But unfortunately several of the seed trays were flooded by rain and many of the cosmos seedlings died off. These, however, have flourished into a wonderful thick patch.

2. Fuschia-Alice Hoffman

I’m not a big fan of fuschias but this one has proved hardy enough and I like the contrast in the flowers and the dark leaves. I’ve kept it confined to a pot and cut it back each year and it seems happy with this arrangement. It is flowering well.

3. Hydrangea paniculata-Limelight

I’ve featured lots of other peoples hydrangeas but haven’t shown my own off. I planted two of these in the back garden and one in the front garden. These came from Thompson & Morgan. I didn’t expect much from them in their first year but they are looking fabulous. They should only get better as they grow taller. I was worried about how the one in the front garden would do with the sea winds but so long as I keep it watered it should be fine. The combination of a shaded North facing garden and lots of heavy rain this SUmmer has helped it settle in well.

4. Solenostemon/coleus

Coleus changed name this year to Solenostemon but I’m sure it will still be known as coleus for many years to come. I grew a few varieties from seed. These have been used in the ground as filler in the front garden, as house plants, and a few in pots on the patio which had bulbs in before. The foliage comes in a wide variety of bright colours adding to the mix between the hostas and ferns.

5. Peacock butterflies

After the excitement of the influx of painted ladies, the garden has seen lots of peacock butterflies. Just as colourful as this week’s flowers.

6. Dahlia’s Bishops Children

These dahlia flowers have been the results of months of work and I am very happy with them. For people who have followed their progress through this blog and Twitter, you will have seen them grow through lots of stages. It is my first year growing dahlias and I am enjoying the bright bursts of flamboyant colour they offer. These were bought from Sarah Raven as seeds. Almost every seed germinated and I’ve kept most going to end up with just shy of 30 plants. I didn’t expect as high germination rate or to keep them all alive. I’ve passed lots on to friends and family with plenty to go in my own garden. Amy even passed one onto the window cleaner to clear the patio. Some have gone in the border, some in pots.

They flower in a range of colours. So far I’ve had deep pink, red, yellow and orange flowers. The foliage is lovely in itself. Dark, crimson foliage with pointed leaves contrasting well with the hosta fortuneii on the patio. I was concerned about these growing quickly enough up North to flower well. With colder temperatures, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get them outside with time for these to grow enough to flower from seed. But I didn’t need to worry. These have grown spectacularly. I will probably try saving some seed for next year.

The forecast for our week away is lots of light rain so while we might be having a wet time away at least the garden will be looked after. Hopefully, I will return from my break having visited one or two gardens to report on. We are potentially going to Peppa Pig World. Not somewhere you’d think I’d voluntarily go but Paulton’s park also has gardens including Japanese gardens so I might manage ten minutes seeing those. Enjoy your Sundays!

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25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 10.8.19-Summer colour”

  1. What is it with all these plant name changes lately?! Watching Gardeners’ World last night Monty mentioned that sedums were no longer called sedums but hylosomethingorother.

    Those dahlias are fantastic. They’ve done much better that a few dwarf varieties I sowed from seed this year.

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  2. I really like the hydrangea and am going to plant one in The City Garden this autumn. ‘Annabelle’ is starting to do well for me and I think one of the secrets is to plant several together, so that they support one another.

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  3. I can see that the fuchsia ‘Alice Hoffmann’ gives good results in your garden too.First year, that I grow my hydrangea paniculata and I didn’t forget to water it, especially because of the hot summer that we have. Thank you for letting us know about the new name of coleus … I will have a hard time remembering all these changes …

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  4. You must have a lot less S&S than I do! Your dahlias are lovely although I do spy some holes in the leaves, but your coleus appear unblemished! I tried these last year and they were munched to bits! Limelight is rather lovely. I need some darker hydrangeas to contrast with my white ones. Enjoy your break! Hope the weather stays fine for you!

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  5. The trouble with growing Dahlias from seed is when they do well you want to do them again next year, perhaps experiment with something different but you’ve still got all the plants you grew the year before and mostly you want to keep them too.

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  6. Exciting to get a variety of dahlia colours from one seed pack, and yours are lovely. What a lot of success you had with germinating them. The Cosmos is a cracker…gorgeous colour.

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  7. I didn’t realise Bishop’s chillen came in so many colours. I’ve sworn off dahlias for the last few years but might have to rethink this. Love Sarah Raven catalogues for her colour ideas (& that cosmos). That’s one great looking hydrangea. Like your idea of putting coleus on top of bulb planters.


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