Six on Saturday | End of June Edition

Let’s not talk about the weather. Let’s just enjoy it! Even though a bit warm for me to do much in the garden other than some dead-heading and watering, I have removed all the tulips from the pots and cleaned and stored them, ready to go into the garden in November. I shall buy new bulbs for the containers. I also gave my weeping Kilmarnock Willow tree a haircut. The branches were touching the ground all the way round giving it a ball-like look instead of the droopy image it should have. So, dead branches removed and many shortened have given it a more graceful look and the wind can now flow under her skirts.

  1. Lilies. Oriental lilies to be exact, which look pretty, but have no perfume. I have had these  for years and when on a balcony they added summer colour, now though they just attract the attention of the S&S and get their leaves bitten and flower buds chomped and even the petals look as though something has drawn a razor-sharp tongue along them. Time to perhaps condemn them to the compost heap and buy something more exotic and resistant to the molluscs.
  2. Musk Mallow (Malva moschata) –  you may remember that I mentioned sowing a raised bed with a packet of bee flowering seeds last summer (the bed used to kill off part of the lawn) and I was rewarded with loads of Californian poppies, nigella, lacy phacelia, a few musk mallow and some red flowers I never did identify. Then this spring bright orange wallflowers appeared followed by a mass of hedge woundwort and these musk mallow in pink and white. It is attractive to both butterflies and bees and produces a faint musky smell during the evening. Unfortunately stuck in the middle are the sweet peas I planted, completely overwhelmed by the rest of the flower bed. Next year I shall know better.
  3. Penstemon – variety unknown as these come from a cutting off a neighbours plant a few years ago. Coral pink and definitely not in keeping with my colour scheme. Trouble is they propagate so easily that I have no less than three big clumps of them now. There was a fourth, but that succumbed to the snow we had in March.
  4. Yellow Loosestrife or Whorled Loosetrife (Lysimachia Punctata) – another inherited plant this grows happily in my ‘Woodland border’. Apparently attracts butterflies, but they have been conspicuously lacking in my garden this year. Seems a hardy plant and resisitant to the S&S, only issue being it grows quite tall and suffers badly on a windy day. This year I have spared no expense and purchased a couple of lovely supports for it.
  5. Hebe. I have two three hebes in the garden, one Hebe ‘Silver Queen’ (Hebe elliptica ‘Variegata’) has variegated yellow and green leaves and a deep violet-blue flower which appears in summer and in the late autumn, the other has tiny leaves and is more of a ground cover plant, not always flowering (and I suspect I have planted it in the wrong place), but when it does the flowers are a very pretty pale baby blue. Possibly Hebe vernicosa. The third one is from a cutting so I don’t know the type, longer flowers spikes and green leaves. I had forgotten planting it out last year.
    Bees love hebes.
  6. Last this week is my unidentified white rose. As a Yorkshire lass I am partial to a white rose, so that’s good. There are three of these growing on the fence between me and my neighbour. Not in the best of shape, but I have been doing my best to encourage them. This year the one which grows from one spindly stem has managed to give me no less than 24 blooms. Lovely flowers too, before the wind gets to them, but no fragrance. I may cut all of them down to around 1m in the spring and see if that encourages new and sturdier growth. If not it will be the compost heap for them and maybe some new roses for me. I don’t have time to hang around waiting. And I do prefer roses with a scent.

Meanwhile there is some cloud cover today, so I might just nip out to visit a nearby garden and see what they are growing in their summer borders. Can’t do enough research 🙂

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  1. beetleypete says:

    Lovely colours to go with the bright sunny day today, Jude.
    Like you, I prefer scented flowers, as that adds to the joy.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Scent is good here, living next to a cattle farm…

  2. I enjoyed your beautifully presented post with the different colours, so lovely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Liz. The colour scheme seems to have got away from me! Next year I shall try and co-ordinate things better.

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    A lovely six, Jude. I like your pink bee- loving flowers. I also have Hebe in my garden: they are good doers, but one nearly succumbed to the intense heat last summer. I hope you keep your white roses, they look beautiful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Good to have bee plants – sort of makes up for the eclectic colour scheme!

  4. fredgardener says:

    Gorgeous pictures Jude ! Your white roses with this blue sky … perfect!
    My variegated hebe looks like yours but they have not yet bloomed … It didn’t like the past winter and had to recover slowly … very slowly ….

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wasn’t expecting the hebe to flower at all yet, as it was in flower during the winter! Not complaining though. The more flowers the merrier 😀

  5. restlessjo says:

    Poor old lilies. Where’s your loyalty? X

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know. I feel bad. I never throw plants away unless they are dead. But they are not very exciting are they?

      1. restlessjo says:

        Don’t feel bad. I’m ruthless when Mick’s not looking. He’s so laissez faire when it comes to plants. And decorating, come to that. 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Haha! I must get a decorator in. Been going to since we moved, but I really ought to do something about it before we move again…

        2. pommepal says:

          Move again???

        3. restlessjo says:

          Away from isolation, and cows, I think she means, Pauline, in her dotage 🙂 🙂

        4. pommepal says:

          Oh, I thought she might be moving over here….

        5. Heyjude says:

          In my dreams!!

        6. Heyjude says:

          …and damp. Don’t forget the damp. Almost pain free for the first time this year! How is Mick’s shoulder btw?

        7. restlessjo says:

          That’s a good thing. 🙂 🙂 He’s still struggling. The pain seems to’ve moved and he thinks there may be a ligamentt problem. Thankfully it doesn’t stop him driving. We had a superb afternoon at an Open Village event, near Barnard Castle in Teessdale.

        8. Heyjude says:

          Somewhere drier maybe. And easy walking distance to a shop / bus stop.

        9. pommepal says:

          Sounds like my place!

  6. Pete Hillman says:

    Beautiful, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you kindly sir. Keeps me busy!

  7. Chloris says:

    Lovey six. You are like me, you propagate plants not because you need new ones, but because you can.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I do need to stop though as I don’t have anywhere to plant them!

  8. Ali says:

    All six are beautiful! I look be musk mallow, and your penstemon is lovely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Your penstemon ‘Raven’ is a better colour though!

  9. bushboy says:

    What a fabulous garden Jude. I am so jealous but I live in a harsher climate with native animals who love to eat flowers and plants.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Our native slugs and snails do a pretty good job of eating everything here!

      1. bushboy says:

        Give them beer to drink and get them too drunk to remember what they are doing 😂😂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Tried that. Didn’t work. And anyway do you know how expensive beer is? Or do you think I could get away with cheap lager?

        2. bushboy says:

          Maybe start your own home brewery or try cheap wine

  10. Another lovely and loving edition. I always look forward to this series, especially the ones that feature your own garden. The capacity to create a beautiful garden is an arcane art to me.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am still yearning for some more exotic plants, but actually everything grows so well here I hardly have any room! I am already thinking that I need to remove some plants that went in last year. Move them where though is the question! And today I saw some gorgeous climbing roses…

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