Six on Saturday: 28.8.21

It’s been a nice week with a few decent gardening jobs achieved. I enjoyed my trip to Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens last week but still need to find some space in the border for a few of the purchases. I also wrote about the environmental impact of bedding plants. I expected some negative feedback about this post but I’m pleased to say I received lots of positive feedback. The ones of you who disagree are too polite to say, so thank you for the positive responses and the many shares.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Prarie Splendour’ rose

I saw this little Echinacea cheap in the flower shop. I like them as plants but I’m not sure they’ll agree with my clay soil so I’m going to test this one and see how it survives. It looks a bit daft as one stem on its own. They look better in decent clumps but I didn’t want to spend money on several if they can’t survive our winters. They are pretty but also popular with the bees and good landing platforms for butterflies.

Wood Asters

These were a wedding present and I don’t think I have a record of exactly what it was. I think it’s a type of wood aster. They are just short, maybe around 20cm with small white daisy flowers and pointed leaves. In theory, if I’m right it should be good for shade. It’s gradually spread and seeded along a little stretch.

Nasturtiums and caterpillars

The cabbage white caterpillars are working their way through the nasturtiums. Luckily I like seeing the butterflies. The caterpillars don’t do any other major harm for me as I’m not growing any brassicas or veg they might destroy. So I’m happy to leave them to it.

Nibble, nibble, munch, munch.

Border changes

I have cut my Charles DeMills rose right back to a framework I’m going to train as a climber. I decided it was taking up too much space in the border for the one burst of flowers that can easily be ruined by rain. Whereas, if it is on the fence it isn’t really taking up any space and it should still manage a few flowers. This now leaves a big gap in the border to fill. I’ve arranged a few of the plants I’ve got available to see how they work together but haven’t planted them all yet. I planted a clump of Primula candelabras I got last week but working out the rest. I’ve got two Iris sibericas I think could be happy here and the points would look nice. Then I maybe need something with a broader leaf to contrast. I have a few Primula denticulatas, drumstick primulas that could go here. They are spring flowering. Then maybe look at some taller summer flowering plants for behind. I’ve got some echinops that I may use. I wrote about them yesterday to check up the ideal conditions.

Sparrowhawk

I’d noticed the birds had been a bit on edge the other day so I assumed the sparrowhawk was about, but I got treated to a decent view of it sat on the fence. The back door was open already so I managed my clearest photo yet before it swooped off.

Dahlia

I think this may be tamburo but it has come out much redder this year as I don’t have any other dahlias that match this form with the majority of mine being single. It is normally a darker red but for some reason is bright red this year. Unless I have just forgotten about another. We’ll see. Either way, it’s bright and flowering well, if a bit late.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s six. Don’t forget to check out the founder’s blog to see links to other people’s six choices. I have a day out ahead so no gardening for me today but I am hoping to get the border changes I mentioned sorted over the next week.

13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 28.8.21”

  1. I like your echinacea. I’ve planted several, but they’ve never survived.
    I read your piece about bedding plants and found it very interesting, certainly there’s a lot to think about and I agree with what you wrote. I don’t use too many bedding plants as I prefer perennials. I like taking cuttings and am always happy when I have success with them. I recently planted some seeds too, so hopefully they’ll do well when the weather warms up.

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  2. Wow! Great shot of the sparrowhawk. I am sure there are some around here, but the predators I see most often are buzzards. Nothing like hearing the sound of mewing as you hang out the washing.

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  3. A nice clear snap of the sparrowhawk. We get them occasionally but it’s peregrine falcons that we see or rather hear more often round here as they next in at the top of a church tower in town. I love the vividness of the Dahlia. Good luck with the echinacea.

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  4. How wonderful you let the caterpillars be! I love the butterflies too, and don’t grow brassicas either. Funny we plant to bring in the butterflies, then want to keep some butterflies away! My coneflowers are one of the least popular flowers for pollinators. They are the last choice when other things are available.

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    1. The coneflowers keep going a good while so useful for as we go into autumn. Mine aren’t getting many visitors but there is only a few flowers. Whereas the verbena and dahlias are swarming as there are plenty of flowers currently.

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