Six on Saturday | Coronation Saturday

In the UK it is a right royal weekend with the second of the Bank Holidays this month. Somewhat typical of our bank holidays rain is forecast. Before you get stuck into waving your flags and scoffing your cucumber sandwiches along with a glass of Bollinger perhaps you could help me with a puzzle. Only last week this beautiful Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola‘ was looking very good with all the new growth cascading over the edge of the pot and then one morning I awoke to find this:

Horrors! What has eaten my grass?

It lives in the courtyard which is open, but even though there are snails living in the courtyard I have never had anything attack this grass or cause this much damage overnight. And before you ask, no, the naughty sheep are no longer nearby. So… rabbits? But would they come back a second night to almost finish it off? (It has since been moved to the back garden which is fenced off). Answers/advice in the comments please!

Now for the six. All based around the red wine tones in the garden this week. (The header image is a Pasque flower)

Heuchera ‘Coralberry’ is looking very good at the moment and even sending up flower spikes.
The Aubrieta in the sunny wall is also looking good right now.
In a shady place underneath the Contorted Hazel tree is my Asda Acer. Full of new bright dark red leaves.
Asda Acer – a perfect match for the heuchera.
Still in flower are the dark reddish-black tulips ‘Ronaldo’
And slightly more pinky-purple is Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ which has the most lovely dark stems. This was bought after seeing the one that the Prop grew. He really does have a lot to answer for.
Weigela ‘Minor Black’ with narrowly ovate, shiny, dark purple leaves. It is a small shrub and this year has more space due to the removal of an overgrown Hebe last autumn.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jim of Garden Ruminations is now our host and as a former nurseryman has a lot more than the SOS happening over on his blog so well worth following. As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to his site 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

32 Comments Add yours

  1. If it was in our garden I would say the shingle back lizards had a feast on your grass. Nice greenery is their favourite food and we have resorted to growing our vegetables in big tubs covered by plastic greenhouses. Perhaps rabbits were the culprits in your case. That first plant is the most gorgeous colour.

  2. Rabbits or deer, if it were here…I think the ‘stems’ might be a bit tough for cats? Maybe not…Love all your reds!

  3. Nate says:

    Deer tend to nibble here and there. Rabbits, on the other hand, have eaten some of my flowers down to the ground. Have you noticed any piles of rabbit fertilizer in your grass? Your Thalictrum is stunning.

  4. pommepal says:

    Such a vibrant display, Love them all. I watched the coronation last night till 11-30pm, I managed to stay awake as the brits put on a good show. Bit tired today though…

  5. Pauline says:

    My vote is for rabbits and yes, they would come back for seconds! Love all your beautiful purple selection, especially the heuchera.

  6. Cathy says:

    Gosh, that’s an unexpected discovery to make, Jude – it would be interesting to know if it really was a cat, but I suppose you may never find out. I hope it is tucked up safe in the fenced part of the garden now! I bought 3 hakonechloa last year for my new grass border but so far they have sulked – unless they were munched when my back was turned! Your purples are really striking and I shall inspect my own Black Stockings later although I know it wasn’t flowering yesterday

  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Your garden is looking great and I love the colours, especially that Thalictrum and the Heuchera. I hope your grass is safe now that you’ve moved it. Strange that so much of it was taken…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Stranger still was that whatever it was came back the next night to almost finish it off!

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        Very weird! I once had a young child pull all the stems from a very pretty (and new) heather in my front garden – I guess she was picking flowers to take to her Mum!

  8. Rosie Amber says:

    My guess is deer, they can do some damage.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No deer around here. Plenty of rabbits though.

  9. My guess would be rabbits. I used to have a real problem with them here. I love all the purple flowers and leaves you’ve put together for this week’s six.

  10. n20gardener says:

    Lovely collection of reds, my thalictrum is not yet in flower so I await it with impatience!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have three new ones, but they are still quite small so I’m not expecting anything to flower this year.

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