Six on Saturday | Flower Moon

On Thursday the Flower Moon lit up the sky as the last supermoon of 2020 was seen at its most impressive. Par for the course here in the south-west the sky was cloudy when it rose at around 8:45 p.m. but I managed to get a photo through the Velux window later on that night as the clouds briefly parted. And this weekend is a bank holiday weekend – one like no other – not only was it held on a Friday, but it was also the 75th celebration of the end of WWII in Europe; in lockdown. All sorts of celebratory events had to be cancelled, but apparently street parties in isolation went ahead. I’m not one for celebrating these sorts of events. Flag waving doesn’t do it for me.

Sadly the big house on the left belongs to my neighbours.

And the garden calls loudly at this time of year. Not only are the perennials awakening from their winter slumber, but the weeds are on the march too (how many bindweed plants can you find in these photos?) Taking every advantage of the sun and the rain this week. Lawn mown, except for my teeny-tiny wildflower meadow bit which is now producing camassias, but they’ll wait until another week and all the tulip pots moved to the working part of the garden (the Wild Garden) ready for emptying.

So let’s have a look what else is happening this week:

(1) Aubrieta in the walled sunny garden is looking extra good this year. I have a few areas of it but this one is doing the best and creeping down the wall. Maybe it likes the shade it gets from the weeping buddleia? I must try and get some cuttings from it for the Cornish hedge in the Wild Garden.

(2) Ajuga reptans is commonly known as bugle, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, carpet bugleweed, and common bugle.  The ‘reptans‘ in its Latin name is derived from ‘repto’, meaning ‘creeping and I am trying to get it to creep along my woodland border to fill in the gaps. It is slow to grow, but that might be because the baby’s tears loves to cover this area too! At this time of year it has lovely blue flowers. Mine is ‘burgundy glow’  and a lovely colour even when not flowering.

(3) Another woodland border plant is this lovely Primula japonica ‘Apple Blossom’ (Japanese primrose) with shell-pink flowers adorned with a red eye. I should have six of these in the border (and I was hoping for different colours, but they were all the same) so far only this one has reappeared, but it has several flower spikes this year. Unlike the primulas along here, this one disappears completely in winter. They look lovely with ferns and hostas.

(4) Clematis on the fence by the Raised Beds. This was a cheapo one from Asda and is doing very well. The flowers start off quite small but are a decent size now. A montana I imagine. I am leaving it to cover this fence along with a honeysuckle, also from Asda, but will trim accordingly when it is necessary.

and now two unknown plants that are growing in the Cornish hedge. I have been planting cuttings of plants in my garden here mostly, though I did buy some campanula and small Persicaria and last year I scattered a packet of wild flower seeds over it. The only things that grew from that were some pretty red poppies.

(5) So is this a “weed” weed or a “wild flower keep sort of weed”? Anyone know? It looks as if there will be a daisy-like flower any time soon. I am waiting for the flowers to open before I decided whether to keep it or remove it. The stalks are red, hairy and square. I think it might be Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-eye daisy). If it is then I need to do some thinning! 

(6) This one has this feathery foliage which is quite pretty.  Possibly cow parsley or wild carrot or sweet cicely? I haven’t seen any sign of flowers, but then it is hidden by #5

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’ who is being particularly brief today, but where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.

Take care out there!

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71 Comments

  1. I’d go for ox-eye too, mine have just started flowering. No. 6 looks familiar. That Aubrieta is lovely, a nice change to the usual purple colour.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wonder what #6 is? No-one has ID it yet.

  2. I admire the pea-stone in your garden! And all the greeny foliage! Wonderful place to relax I bet!

  3. PS The not secure status of your website is coming from the AWARD FREE BLOG Logo on your site. I had the same problem and spent weeks going through all my security controls on my computer and website and through Chrome! I combed through every little bit trying to find out what was the deal. I finally contacted WORDPRESS and they found it Immediately and fixed it! You might to look into it! It drove me NUTS!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m not sure I understand, the site has https in the URL. Are you saying that you get a warning when visiting? The logo is just an image, no link, so why would that cause a problem? Thank you for letting me know, I’d appreciate it if you could explain more about it please.

      1. When your site comes up look in the URL line at the top of the page.
        When ever I look at your website in the “Cornwall in Colours” there is a NOT SECURE label before the “cornwallincolours.blog name. I had this problem as well and it frustrated me no end because I went through hoops with my security, my firewall protection, my server all trying to fix this and they kept telling the problem was not at their end. I even had checked with WordPress a few months back about this. The last few weeks I went through everything AGAIN and finally WordPress said it was with the AWARD FREE BLOG photo on my site! I didn’t have a link on that photo at all either, but there is a bug in in somewhere. AND it caused my site to be NOT SECURE…….Wordpress was able to fix it for me and now I am all secure again! Just thought I would let you know!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Weirdly I have the same image on my two other blogs and they both come up as secure! I have removed it from this one and the ‘not secure’ label has gone. But why is it OK on the other two? Such a mystery!

        2. Yes I know! But I wanted my site protected, so I’m glad it is fixed now!

        3. Heyjude says:

          Well thank you for letting me know ☺️

  4. Lisa says:

    That’s beautiful bugleweed. That doesn’t look like a weed, it looks like my dwarf Shasta daisy at the moment, so it is probably the daisy.

    1. When your site comes up look in the URL line at the top of the page.
      When ever I look at your website in the “Cornwall in Colours” there is a NOT SECURE label before the “cornwallincolours.blog name. I had this problem as well and it frustrated me no end because I went through hoops with my security, my firewall protection, my server all trying to fix this and they kept telling the problem was not at their end. I even had checked with WordPress a few months back about this. The last few weeks I went through everything AGAIN and finally WordPress said it was with the AWARD FREE BLOG photo on my site! I didn’t have a link on that photo at all either, but there is a bug in in somewhere. AND it caused my site to be NOT SECURE…….Wordpress was able to fix it for me and now I am all secure again! Just thought I would let you know!

      1. Heyjude says:

        OK. It sounds weird, but I’ll remove the image and put one of my own on after a while. Can you check next week?

    2. Sorry Lisa I posted a comment to the wrong gal! OOPS!

  5. lolaWi says:

    the clematis are gorgeous! 🙂

  6. restlessjo says:

    I love clematis but our Montana was a thug and ended up climbing through the neighbours apple tree and onto our roof. I wonder if that young man has the upper hand 😘💕

  7. Memo to myself your need more Japanese Primula. That’s a great looking cheap clematis from Asda as well.

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Yes I think your “weed” is ox-eyed daisy too. I let it grow in veg patch where it doesn’t get in the way. I was going to share my Ajuga this week too, but photo was bit blurred so left it out.

  9. Catherine says:

    No street parties or celebrations here either. I wasn’t waving flags, but it did prompt a discussion with my sisters to see if they could remember where our parents were when VE was announced as both were in the services. Sadly none of us could remember or knew. Reinforces the need for us to leave stories behind in writing.

    Fortunately, we don’t have bindweed, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it (touch wood!) The garden area in your first photo is so neat and tidy. All my ‘gone over ’pots are lying at the side of our shed, a table like one of yours would give extra space and make it look more organised. Inspiration!

    Love the bright and cheery colour of the aubrieta and also the Primula japonica ‘Apple Blossom’ – another plant that I’ve now taken note of. 😁

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t know where my parents were either. But I do have a newspaper from the day. I should dig it out! The bindweed is a horror. I don’t think I had too much in my first year, but since then it has got worse, even though I dig and pull it out daily.

  10. pommepal says:

    I loved seeing your garden Jude. That little patch of wildflower area is a delight. So much colour at this time of the year too. Lots of street parties and flag waving over here too Jude, but we are definitely in the stay inside and wait for it all to finish, tomorrow is another day.

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