Six on Saturday | in the sun

Things have started to flower in the sunny side of the garden and I am already beginning to think that the geraniums will have to be divided.

  1. Hardy Geranium #1
  2. Hardy Geranium #2
  3. Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana (Sicilian chamomile)
    This grows in both sun and shade and creeps nicely over the low granite stone walls. Easily propagated, I just pull a piece off and stick it in the soil where I want it to grow. Silvery-grey cut scented leaves beneath a sea of white daisies that last from May to August.
  4. Gladiolus communis byzantinus or Whistling Jacks (SW England)
    This is the only plant that I have introduced to the garden in today’s selection. They are a lovely luminous magenta pink colour. They are sterile plants so I am hoping they will bulk up a bit if they are happy in their locations. I planted about 20 corms, but only half a dozen so far have flowered. So I might have to dig some up and reposition them.
  5. Some sort of Lamium (Dead nettle) I think. This has self-seeded throughout the garden this year and seems to spread via runners. The leaves are very soft and furry and the purple lipped flowers attract the bees. It is quite a tall plant. I know someone is going to tell me I should remove these immediately!

    Edit: Kathy kindly told me this is Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica ) which  grows in habitats such as verges, hedge banks, woodland rides and river banks. This is in full sun! It apparently likes being chilled to break dormancy so I wonder if our cold spell is the reason for so much of it in the garden this year.

  6. Iris pseudacorus (yellow flagyellow iriswater flag)
    This clump grows next to the patio and I wonder if there once was a pond here. Late to begin  flowering this year, they are now coming on strong.

So much happening in the garden at the moment and I really need to finish off the gravel area and edge what’s left of the lawn. And then maybe I will get a chance to actually sit in the garden and read a book…

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Six on Saturday


  1. kathysharp2013 says:

    Your Lamium is hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica). I love them in the wild – not so sure about in the garden!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Kathy! They seem to pull out easily so I’ll let the bees enjoy them a bit longer. Best not allow them to seed though…

  2. beetleypete says:

    Nice colours to lift a dull day in Norfolk, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      A good day for gardening Pete 🙂

      1. beetleypete says:

        Or pretending I haven’t got a garden. 🙂 🙂

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I like that anthemis. It looks like the kind of plant I could grow. I like your propagation method!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t have a greenhouse, only a conservatory that is cold in winter and hot in summer, no proper ventilation! So sowing seeds is hit and miss and I have always propagated in this method. Stick a cutting into some compost and leave it outside. Sometimes it works too well! Other times, dead twigs… anyway I really do not have any more space to plant cuttings so I need to stop!

  4. susurrus says:

    Six beautiful choices and they are all wonderful passalong plants. The gladiolus does spread where it is happy. I had not heard the folk name before.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The geraniums are a bit invasive for where they are, but I do hate throwing plants away. Especially those that the S&S avoid!

  5. Sue says:

    Love the way you have presented the images, Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue! Had difficulty knowing which six to include this week, there is so much going on in the garden (except for me doing the rest of the gravel area…)

      1. Sue says:

        Don’t overdo it!

  6. I am glad another person is pleased with their hardy geraniums. As already said, your presentation is very good and shows off your plants so well. I do pull up all those nettles before they flower, maybe I should leave a few….. they do look nice. I don’t think they are too invasive, unlike celandine, Mare’s tail and ground elder, and at least they are pretty!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, thank you. The lamium are easy to pull up, the roots are very shallow, so I will leave them for a while. I have removed them from other parts of the garden though, you can have too much of a good thing!

  7. Your garden is lovely, and the weather looks fantastic too. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Been dull all week, warm and muggy. Saying that the sun is out today and I shall try to finish off my gravel bit. At least remove the turf ready for the pebbles!

      1. We’ve had some rare good days early this week, Jude, but now we’re back to warm and muggy too. Good for you getting out no matter what the weather. 🙂

  8. March Picker says:

    Hi there. A nice Six! I also have the soft-leaved plant (weed) that spreads by runners. I do pull it. Did you notice it has a strong, not-to-pleasant aroma when pulled? I see someone ID’d it as stacchys sylvatica.

    1. March Picker says:

      *not-too-pleasant and *stachys. Apparently not a stellar spelling day…

    2. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t noticed a smell at all, but read that it does smell rather pungent. The bees do love it so though, so I shall let some remain.

  9. Pete Hillman says:

    Your garden is looking stunning, Jude 🙂 I saw some Hedge Woundwort today, and it is a beautiful plant. The bees must really love visiting your garden 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Pete. The bees were certainly buzzing around this stuff this afternoon – a shame to spoil their pleasure by pulling it out.

  10. I love your purple hardy geranium – do you know the variety? I want one just like this.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ali thinks it could be G. magnificum. Sounds like it as it does have quite a short flowering season.

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