Six on Saturday | Before Hannah

Heard the first cuckoo this year on Tuesday on a walk around the hill. Also found some lovely wild wood anemones in large clumps as well as English bluebells and spring cinquefoil and pretty starry lesser stitchwort. Now those are the sort of wild native flowers that I would not object to settling in my Cornish hedge. Tempting as it is to remove some I know it is not allowed, but I did whisper that they were welcome to come to my home if they felt like a change.

This week I shall introduce you to new things in my garden – the culmination of tick boxes finally ticked off the list I had written when moving here three years ago – plus some new plants. These photos were taken in the calm before Storm Hannah arrived overnight battering the remains of my tulips.

  1. A new Bistro set for the Sunset Patio which is at the rear of the garden next to the raised beds. This little patio is a perfect spot to sit in the evening and watch the sun go down along with a G&T. This picture is on the Zen Patio as I have work to do in the other area before relocating the set. We have tried it out though and it works fine 🙂
    Bistro Set
  2. Whilst in the same area all the raised beds and the garden gate have been given a new lick of paint. This time a proper two coats so hopefully it will last a few years. The colour is  Cuprinol Garden Shades ‘Seagrass’ a slightly bluer shade than the previous colour. I needed to get this done before I plant the new perennials and herbs into these beds. That’s next when I can bring myself to remove all the Forget-me-nots.
  3. Still in the same part of the garden is a new Clematis. A small one, bought on impulse last year from ASDA along with another clematis and a honeysuckle. I have wires trained on the fence here (usually has a thornless blackberry, but for some reason (the snow?) new stems didn’t form last year and those are what the current year’s fruit grow on, so no blackberries for me this year.) This particular clematis is a montana type and I hope will cover the fence eventually.
  4. Another new Clematis, this time one for the north side of the house and in a container, is the pretty Clematis koreana AMBER which was voted the winner of the coveted RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2016. It has soft yellow flowerheads, which sometimes have a faint pink blush to the edges of the pointed sepals although so far mine look distinctly green!
  5. At the back of the garden in the ‘Wild Garden’ or car park area is my new Potting Bench. I used to use an old patio table given to me by a neighbour about 8 years ago. It wasn’t in the best of condition even then and has gradually rotted away to the point where it was unusable. I had considered placing the new one in the Orangery, but for the moment it is outside where any spilled compost doesn’t matter. Slightly higher than the table this is a nice height to work with.
  6. And finally, not new, but looking splendid with its new purple growth is my lovely Hosta. Lovely now, but usually shredded by the end of the season. This year I have recently applied the first of two treatments of Nemaslugs in the hope of keeping healthier plants in the garden. Of course the snails will have to be picked off by hand, and I have been finding a lot of baby ones recently! I might try some of those wool pellets too.

Sunshine and showers this weekend with Storm Hannah passing through and the temperatures a lot cooler than they were last week, but hopefully there will be time to get out into the garden and finish off the planting that needs to be done.  As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world

See here for the participant’s guide.

Six on Saturday


  1. Su Leslie says:

    I hope your garden survived Hannah unscathed Jude. It is so nice to see the images of your planning and hard work taking shape.
    T and I found a fabulous sub-tropical garden set in an old quarry while we were in Whangarei this weekend. I thought of you while we were there as I’m sure you would have known the names of the plants I was merrily photographing. And I suspect you’d really enjoy the place.

    1. Heyjude says:

      How wonderful to discover a new garden and yes I love sub tropical ones. Will follow your link and have a drool!

  2. BeckyB says:

    We arrived back to so many forget-met-nots in the patio crooks and crannies, i thought I had been over zealous last year in removing them but delighted to see I have totally failed!

    very much hope Hannah didn’t misbehave too much in the garden for you xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Forget me nots can lie dormant for years, so once you have them I don’t think you’ll ever be rid! I love how they scatter themselves around.

      1. BeckyB says:

        ooh didn’t know they could lie dormant that long, no wonder we came back to so many!

  3. My Hostas are doing great this year that is because I have put them in pots and in a dry semi shade position on the patio.

    1. Your garden really is looking great.

      1. Heyjude says:

        Thank you!

    2. Heyjude says:

      This one has always lived in a pot. But the snails here are great climbers! I shall give the vaseline idea a whirl 🙂

  4. Noelle says:

    Is that some photographic wizardry that has given your hostas that purple bit where the shoots come out of the soil? How about sharing the name? It is so distinct, and very attractive.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No wizardry, they really do come up purple! No idea of the name, I have had this Hosta since 2006.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Remembered that I uploaded a photo onto Flickr – it is a Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata (Gold-edged plaintain lily)

      1. Noelle says:

        Thanks for that…I shall want to be sure that any I bought with that name had that purple shading…I wonder if the slugs like it too? So pleased you captured that ‘special effect’ that plant puts on to tantalise us.

  5. dwmch says:

    Love your naming of the zen and sunset patios! The hostas with their purple stems look interesting.

  6. beetleypete says:

    I once grew a lovely display of Hostas in a small patio garden in London. They were almost destroyed by snails one weekend, when I was on night shifts. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They can do a lot of damage in a short time once they get going!

  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Doesn’t your hosta look splendid with those purple shoots! It’s set off so well by the pretty planter. Also, the painting of the raised beds looks very smart…such a lovely colour. You do seem to be getting more than your fair share of storms in the UK. We’ve had no rain since 18th March, but are hoping for some in the next couple of days.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The storms play havoc in my garden – signs of blackened leaves 😦

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Looking good Jude, I like the seagrass paint and that hosta is stunning!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The hosta is stunning now, wait a few weeks though 😦

  9. What can I say? Breathtaking as usual. It looks so peaceful on that patio too. Great results for all your hard work 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Karen. It is a pleasant spot to sit and read when not too windy!

Comments are closed.