Six on Saturday | Sunshiny Days

I’ve looked at whites and pinks recently so I thought I would end the month with the colour I am least fond of in the summer garden – yellow. I also have orange and peach which I do like. These pops of colour contrast nicely with all the blues and purples I have around.


Two types in the herb raised bed. I once had ‘Indian Prince’ which I love, but that hasn’t appeared this year. I don’t know what the all orange one is, but the one with the dark centre is called Calendula ‘Nova’ and is very pretty with vibrant orange petals. Hopefully they will both self-seed so that I have some next year.

Californian Poppies in orange

These are from last year’s sowing in the zinc container.

Californian Poppies with Verbena and Geranium ‘Max Frei’ in the background

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’ is such a gorgeous rich sunshiny buttery colour when it first opens, then it gradually fades to pale lemon. The blooms don’t last for long and this year I haven’t had very many. I think the problem here is that other taller perennials are blocking out the sun.

Another bright spark is this yellow loosestrife / Lysimachia vulgaris which spreads by rhizomes. Fortunately it is in my woodland border and quite restrained by the wall.

On the opposite side of the garden are several clematis. My only yellow one is Clematis ‘Lambton Park’ which loves to be in full sun and supposedly has a coconut fragrance. I can’t get close enough to find out and I also suspect that my neighbour has more of the flowers than I do! The bright yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers are followed by beautiful silky seed-heads.

The final example is one of those plants that I have no idea why I bought it as I am not really fond of them. Let me introduce a red-hot poker / Kniphofia ‘‘Drunmore Apricot’ though it looks very yellow to me. My only excuse is that I thought it would look good in this gravel area around my large flat rock among the grasses.

And as a bonus this week, a photo of a dragonfly which found it’s way into my conservatory and had difficulty finding its way out again, until I had the brainwave of holding out a broom handle to which it clung to so I could safely take it outside where it rested a while before flying off.

A voracious predator that will even eat other dragonflies, the golden-ringed dragonfly is the UK’s longest species.

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Six on Saturday


  1. fredgardener says:

    A Six all in yellow like the colour of the sun that we all have this summer! I haven’t had any self-seeded California poppies…I will definitely add some next summer

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s odd that they haven’t come back in the area they grew last summer, but the ivory ones did! No complaints from me though, they are both lovely.

  2. margaret21 says:

    A real pop of gold and colour in what has been a real rain-and-gloom dominated week (to show my daughter why she moved to Spain no doubt)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Really? It’s a bit mizzly at the moment but other than some early morning rain it has been lovely here all week.

      1. margaret21 says:

        Humph. We’ve had rain every day, and Spanish Emily isn’t that well equipped to deal with it.

  3. beetleypete says:

    As the only flowers we seem to have are Dandelions, yellow is the only colour in the garden at the moment. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Pollinators like dandelions!

  4. restlessjo says:

    The yellow and orange blends so cheerfully with the other colours in the garden. Happy Saturday to you 🤗💗

    1. Heyjude says:

      They do, though they are a bit random! I need to do some extensive work this autumn to lessen the maintenance of the garden. Your last day with family today? Beach day?

      1. restlessjo says:

        Done beach, lunch and left them wandering in town for ice-cream before they come back and pack. Supper out then crack of dawn airport. And the washer might get a rest 🤭💗

        1. Heyjude says:

          You’ll be ready for a rest to I imagine. And get ready for your UK adventure. How long are you over for this time?

        2. restlessjo says:

          Just 2 and a bit weeks. I’ll miss them when they go because the place feels so empty but it is tiring. I haven’t given UK serious thought but that will be a challenge of a different kind 🤭💗

        3. Heyjude says:

          Got yourselves a nice little cottage to stay in? Hopefully not a dreary hotel in the city centre.

        4. restlessjo says:

          A nice little cottage is no use. We won’t have a car and need to be close by in Chapel Allerton.

        5. Heyjude says:

          You could hire a car? Bus route?

        6. restlessjo says:

          The last thing Mick wants is to drive in the UK. We have Airbnb that’s not far away because we need to be at theirs by 8 in the morning so they can start work. 😘💟

  5. kzmcb says:

    Eats other dragonflies? I hope they see it coming, then. Your callendulas should self-seed. They end up everywhere, here.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know! A shocking fact, but it is a very large dragonfly.

  6. Oh I love all these yellows! I think they suit high summer. Calendulas are possibly my favourite summer bloomer but this year I haven’t got them in the garden, they’re all in the allotment, something to correct for next year. The nodding heads of the Clematis are also delightful, how funny they smell of coconut (allegedly). Is it a Tangutica variety?

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a Tangutica variety, supposedly less vigorous than the famous ‘Bill Mackenzie’.

  7. And the dragon fly fits your yellow theme perfectly!! My Calendula has self seeded vigorously, and unexpectedly. I like them but they need almost daily dead-heading!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, yes, the dragonfly is perfectly coordinated! I too have to daily deadhead the calendula, but I must remember to leave some to set seed!

  8. A lovely six. I’m a big fan of yellow. The Clematis ‘Lambton Park’ is lovely. I have a feeling my mum used to have one in her old garden. I may be visiting a garden centre tomorrow and will have to see if they have any and take a sniff. My Calendula have been a dead loss this year for some reason.

    1. Heyjude says:

      My second attempt at growing one of the Tangutica type. A better location than my first one and this seems happy here. Not so another clematis planted close by which has failed to flower for the second year!

  9. johnrieber says:

    Nature showing off again! Love it!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes. It’s all getting a little wild now!

  10. I don’t like yellow in my wardrobe, but a yellow flower reminds me of sun (and summer) … so, I won’t exclude this from my garden. And yours are really beautiful, soft on the eyes and such a huge variety.

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