Six on Saturday | The Zen Patio

Come sit on the ‘Zen’ patio and enjoy a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc with me this week and we’ll have a look at what’s flowering here at the moment. The patio is directly off the conservatory/orangery and has one shady side (next door’s barn + two Goat Willow trees) and one side facing south which is in full sun most of the day during the summer. This is where I place my Aeoniums and Jade Plant and Pelargoniums. It is also the side where the Butler’s sink is though that keeps getting shaded by the Japanese anemones that grow here. Down the side of the conservatory you can see two large clumps of Crocosmia which are just about to flower. On the shady north-side are pots of Violas, Impatiens, Regal Pelargoniums and scented-leaved pelargoniums and several Auricula.

The Sunny Side of the Patio

  1. I bought several named Violas this year as I was impressed with some I bought from the supermarket. They should last a few years if I remember to cut them back in August and again in October. They are growing in individual pots and three of the five are doing well, the other two have been badly eaten by slugs.
  2. Some of the more exotic plants include Kangaroo Paw, Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ and Phygelius x rectus ‘African Queen‘ (Cape Fuchsia) which has profuse clusters of fuchsia-like, salmon-orange flowers adorned with a yellow throat.
  3. I also have filled two of my blue glazed pots that had tulips in during the spring with Cosmos Apollo Mix. Pink, white and a deep pink along with scented pelargoniums.
  4. On the shady side you will find the Hosta (now rather chewed despite daily searches for snails) and the Fatsia Japonica as well as hardy geraniums in the raised wall. This is where the wooden wind chime is hung too, which creates a gentle sound.
  5. In the butler’s sink are mostly spring flowering plants, but this Lewesia has only recently stopped flowering. I didn’t know what colour it would be when I bought it from Secret Gardens, but it turned out to be white. I would have preferred one of the orange or pink ones, but it is still pretty.
  6. And this pretty blue Moroccan style lantern has been with me for a few years spending the summer months outside. As you can see the Sweet William are still flowering on!

It’s a colourful spot and quite a sun-trap, but you can always move into the shade if you need to. I like to spend time sitting out here reading a book when I am not busy dead-heading flowers or pulling up weeds or watering the pots. There are more pots, but as the Prop only allows us Six on Saturday I have had to restrain myself. Maybe we’ll have a look at six more another week.

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Six on Saturday


  1. Sue says:

    Oh, what a delightful space, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Bit blustery out there today Sue, have to be a glass of something indoors!

      1. Sue says:

        Shame! 🍷

  2. beetleypete says:

    That’s a nice place to sit. Sadly, my patio is far from ‘Zen’. The table needs to be sanded and stained, and the weeds growing through the cracks appear to be mocking me. I try not to look at it. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I do have one table that is badly rusted, I need to get some metallic paint and have a go at restoring that one. I have found that a jet-wash gets rid of weeds in between the cracks quite nicely!

  3. Sadje says:

    Beautiful pictures.

  4. The slugs and snails are having a fantastic time in my garden. Even found one 8ft up the fence munching the new shoots of a Clematis Montana. I haven’t got a Zen patio at the moment just a chaotic one

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… yes, those snails are great climbers!

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    A fine spot to sit and ponder.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed, though most of the time I am up and down as I spot something that needs doing!

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        A gardener’s work…

  6. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    Beautiful. I’ve just purchased some half price packets of cosmos including some pink ones. Any chance of a cream tea on the patio next time?!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sorry don’t do cream teas at the moment as we are on a low carb diet, so not allowed cakes… I know, it sucks. Especially when living in Cornwall! The Cosmos have been wonderful, unlike some other plugs I bought that have done nothing at all…

  7. fredgardener says:

    Nice choice of wine! … a sauvignon …
    About lewisia mine didn’t stop blooming either. There it calmed down and I have 2 new rosettes to cut . (white is yours, salmoned pink is mine). Impressed by your kangaroo paw! I just love it !

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’d like a salmon pink one, maybe next year!

  8. Pete Hillman says:

    It looks the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine or two to relax and unwind and soak in the beauty blooming there.

    1. Heyjude says:

      When the wind dies down it can be rather lovely 🙂

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Cheers; to a beautiful, colourful garden. Hope it’s a NZ sauvignon we’re drinking. 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      Of course! Nothing better!

  10. Lovely Six – can’t fault it. Mine’s a chilled, dry white wine, please.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Chilled dry white it is 🙂

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