Six on Saturday | What heat wave?

Whilst the rest of the UK – well the south east anyway – reached the highest temperature of the year so far here in the far west of the south-west it has been a challenging week at best. Torrential rain, wind, muggy mid-teen temperatures and some sunshine. At least it meant I could get my slug nematodes into the garden, let’s hope they work!

Anyway here are six more things to enjoy this Saturday.

First another look at last week’s Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ – now the flowers are fully open. What a little beauty!

Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’

More Dutch irises have opened and looking fabulous festooned with raindrops.

Another surprise flower is this Arum lily. I thought I had pulled up all the yellow irises from this area of the garden including the arum lilies that were among them, but this escaped. Last year it grew leaves, this year no less than seven flowers! I am now considering buying one of the very dark purple ones, though they may not be as hardy.

Arum lily / Zantedeschia

A cute little plant that grows in the Butler sink (still not converted to a mini pond) is the Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-Eyed Grass). Since the two Pasque flowers have done well this spring, maybe I just need to find a couple more alpines to put in this container that won’t rot over the wet winters.

Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-Eyed Grass)

Another little sweetie to have survived its first winter is Pittosporum ‘Golden Ball’ which has variegated, golden-yellow foliage when young, contrasting with older yellow-green leaves. It has small, purple flowers in May and June. To the right is an Erodium ‘Bishop’s Form’.

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golden Ball’

Not to be outdone by the Heucheras featured at the beginning of May, is this Heucherella with the delicious sounding name ‘Buttered Rum’. Unfortunately three of the other heucheras/heucherellas haven’t fared as well, but I did mange to rescue them and they are now in containers hopefully regaining their strength before going back into the garden.

Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’

We are entering the last week or so of spring with so much to look forward to in our gardens.

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.

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Six on Saturday


  1. kzmcb says:

    What a great name – buttered rum.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a shame ‘Champagne’ hasn’t fared so well.

  2. Love the lilies, I just cannot get them to flower like that.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Nowt to do with me Andrew! First time that they have flowered like this.

  3. restlessjo says:

    You come up with plants I’ve never heard of, Jude. Love that first one, Thalictrum, but the dark blue iris is my favourite.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s the problem with being in a gardening group – they are always showing wonderful flowers and plants! You should see my list!

  4. We have had a good amount of rain this week but not to compare with yours, I think. Interesting selection and pretty colours, as always.

  5. I just planted a small clump of blue eyed grass – I love it though I don’t know if it will bloom this year. Yours are much more purple than I am expecting, but either way I will be happy. Still not much blooming in my garden, just violets and chives, perhaps some volunteer strawberries. Beautiful pictures!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you! May is a mad month over here, everything just grows!

  6. Love that thalictrum! The blue-eyed grass is native to my part of the world – nice to see it growing elsewhere. So sorry you are having weather extremes – we are unbelievably hot for a few days then cold and wet for a few days – the extremes seem to becoming normal. The garden continues to thrive in spite of it, I hope the resilience continues.

  7. Leya says:

    Beautiful as always, Jude – LOVE your Black Stockings! Your photos of all your flowers always make me want to buy new plants. An expensive lust…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Which is why I have a very long list! 😂

  8. I have the dark purplish Huechera “Coral Bells”. Is your “Buttered Rum” able to tolerate sun?

    1. Heyjude says:

      From what I have read the lighter ones prefer shade, mine tend to be in dappled shade so don’t receive full sun.

  9. Your arum lily is gorgeous. Do they multiply?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suspect they do!

  10. susurrus says:

    Black stockings is perfectly named. A wonderful six – all looking fabulous, not just the irises.

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