Six on Saturday | September Blooms

It’s an exciting time of the year. Spring bulbs are starting to arrive. On the list this year are new varieties of Muscari (Night Eyes and Mount Hood) some of which are destined for an urn at the bottom of the garden, Anemones (St Brigid and Hollandia), species tulips (Persian Pearl and Sylvestris which are…

Rosa Graham Thomas

Bears medium-sized, cupped blooms of an unusually rich, pure yellow. There is a light Tea fragrance, with a cool violet character. It forms a bushy, upright and vigorous shrub, with attractive, smooth green foliage. David Austin, 1983. As the flower ages it fades to a pale lemon yellow then almost white.

Six on Saturday | A Mini Heatwave

We usually associate September with late flowering plants that are often quite vividly coloured such as Helenium, Rudbeckia, Canna lilies, Crocosmia and Dahlias, but looking around my garden this week I was surprised to find so many pinks and whites still enjoying the sunshine. And sunshine there was! An unexpected shot of heat at the…

Six on Saturday | Sweet September

I had a look back at my early September post from 2020 to see what I featured then. The three types of Japanese Anemones┬╣ are all thriving, though Pamina is producing some odd flowers this year. Hemp Agrimony ( Eupatorium cannabinum) still annoys me, but it’s difficult to dig out as it is wedged between…

Six on Saturday | Summer’s End

Well it might be the end of summer, but at least we are going out in a blaze of glory. The best weather in weeks! Sadly Cornwall has the highest rate of coronavirus infections in the country (from practically zero at the end of May), though saying that the figures are somewhat skewed as they…

Six on Saturday | Summer?

What summer? August here in the south-west has been rather cool (average 18┬░C) with some dull grey days, breezy days, overnight rain, mist and intermittent sunshine and showers. Despite which I have managed to do a bit of tidying up in the garden. And making plans. (1) Houttuynia cordata ‘Chamaeleon’ is an attractive low-growing shrub,…

Six on Saturday | Sizzling hot

Sadly the title does not refer to the weather which has been rather cool and damp recently, though fairly sunny and breezy during the day. I’m still not able to spend much time in the garden other than pottering around and dead-heading plants. There will be a lot to do once I am fully recovered….

Six on Saturday | August Arrives

It’s easy to tell when August arrives in Cornwall – not just from the amount of cars on the roads and people on the beaches and in the villages – but the lanes and roadsides are a riot of colour from the orange Montbretia, blue Agapanthus, purple Butterfly bushes (Buddleja), tall white and purple Bear’s…

Six on Saturday | Then and Now

It is five years since I moved to this house and this garden. During 2016 I did nothing very much except to watch and wait, recording what grew each month and to release some of the container grown plants that had accompanied me on the move (with little thought about where). I thought it might…

Six on Saturday | Pollinator Plants

Last year I cleared out a patch of my garden which is next to the patio. I have wondered if a pond used to be here as the plants growing there were all bog garden / pondside plants – Filipendula ulmaria / meadowsweet, Mentha aquatica / water mint, Iris pseudacorus / yellow flag, Japanese anemones…