Six on Saturday- 19th of May 2018

Well happy Saturday one and all and it’s great to be back writing the SoS for the first time in a couple of weeks. This excellent meme helps to focus your mind of 6 things that are happening in your garden, yes at times it can be hard to find them but other times you end up with 10 or so things you could include but have to whittle down to 6. This also allows you time to wander around the garden, relax and enjoy things that are happening in there at the time. I think anything that helps you enjoy the hard work you do in the garden and helps to share the successes and failures, is great in my book.

Anyway a lots happened in the last few weeks and the garden at home is really coming on, the roses are budding up and I managed to get to a great plant sale on bank holiday Monday and I do expect those plants brought will be making an appearance soon. My roses are a little late this year, full of bud with colour occurring, I feel they will be open soon, right mr Stone lets get on with the six!

Geranium phaeum Connie Broe is one of those marmite plants, you either love it or hate it, I have a soft spot for her indeed and I love the marbling foliage on this plant and I look forward to seeing the foliage and flowers each year. As soon as she finishes flowering this year, I shall be lifting and dividing and replanting once more.

One plant I think will feature heavily this week is Allium purple sensation and it is looking wonderful at the moment. It’s big selling point has to be the fact it gives a little bit of height and colour just after the tulips have finished

About 18months ago, I went to a Niwaki training day held at Architectural Plants and led by the great Jake Hobson and this is the tree I cam back home with. I am still training it and have just given it its first trim up, quite pleased!

Yes yes another geranium, this time it’s Himalayense Derek Cook, himalayense has a nasty habit of taking over the world, so far Derek has been well behaved, just hope he carries on like this!

Not a rose flower but a close up of the new foliage and buds, just how lovely are the buds and new leaves of this moss rose called little gem, I love the softness and the scent from the mossy growth, soon the flowers will be out and the scent from those will be even better

The lovely flowers of sea thrifts are slowly appearing and Pride of Düsseldorf is one of my favourites, such an easy to grow plant that loves a free draining site and makes a perfect addition to my Alpine pots.

Well that’s my six done from my garden this week, so many plants now are starting to wake up and start delighting us with their beauty. I hope you have a great weekend and check out the other six on Saturday over at the hosts site

Until next week, have fun in the garden or indeed just admiring plants

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Pride of Düsseldorf is a joy to grow. Just plantnitnand off it goes. I have a thrift sadly I don’t know it’s name. It looks bedraggled and sad during the winter but boy late spring it comes into it’s own. Will put it in my blog next week. Good blog as always.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😀and I agree they are such brilliant little plants, got a few of them now and pride is still my favourite, shall look forward to seeing yours next week

  2. I am glad someone else likes the perennial geraniums! They do spread themselves about but go on a long time and can be dug out quite easily. I’ve not seen a rose bud like that before – very unusual.

    1. thomashort says:

      Oh yes I love them 😍 did have over 250 different types many years ago, that number is so sadly reduced now but may have about 30 now I think, I need to list them!
      It’s gorgeous isn’t can’t wait for the flowers to appear

  3. fredgardener says:

    Like me, you showed us your armeria maritima this morning. Mine looked like yours last year and you will soon see that it has doubled in size in one year! A very beautiful flowering you’re right.
    About the Niwaki , I ‘m looking forward to seeing the result but I will have to wait a few more years ….

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol you will indeed Fred although this feed I am feeding the topiary every week to encourage a lot more growth so it thickens up a bit 😉
      The sea thrifts are great aren’t they, I need to get more 😂

  4. John Kingdon says:

    It’s odd. Being North of you, things here are supposed to be that bit later. Not much but that bit. My Armeria have almost all done their bit and gone over now yet yours are just starting to flower. And I have roses with buds opening. Maybe it’s the sea air wot does it. And a nice six as always from you. I’ve got a couple of phaeums in my selection this week as I try to work out the difference; at least the mottled leaves of yours are an obvious characteristic. Does Jake’s technique involve stringing the tree to promote the right growth direction? Looks like you are doing that. Interesting.

    1. thomashort says:

      Cheers John, things in my little garden do seem behind many others too, is strange but I am enjoying the lateness of them, the roses do surprise me, I had 3 in flower this time last year, I think that may change in the next few days though! Yes I think the sea air might make a big difference with you up there in the north,
      Yes indeed it does, can be done on big shrubs in the garden too 👍 I am enjoying doing them, just need a few more plants to play on, just finding the right plants at the right prices now 🙁
      Lol the phaeums can be difficult to Id, normally sambour has massive markings on the leaves

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Niwaki…now I had to look that up. It sounds very interesting, hopefully we’ll see more posts about it. Derek the geranium is very nice. I’d like to have some of those being a nuisance in my garden.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😀 yes I am hoping to start a long series on training one over the next few years, I am starting off with a new couple of plants so hopefully you can see it Develop over time
      I am hoping Derek behaves had massive problems with Himalayense in other gardens, great on a steep bank though 👍

  6. susurrus says:

    Love the moss rose bud.

  7. cavershamjj says:

    I am looking forward to the roses this year. I just ordered some Tonic so will give them a spray this week some time. They all look pretty healthy so far.

  8. Good job on your pruning!

  9. Nice selection of plants – love the sea thrift and isn’t it exciting waiting for those rose buds to open. Geraniums have taken over in our garden – not sure of the variety as they were here when we arrived.

  10. tonytomeo says:

    That first one is cool, but knowing that it is a geranium makes it sort of freaky. They aren’t supposed to look like that! However, that allium looks exemplary. Is that typical for them? I have never tried them. They are mail order here, not in nurseries.

    1. thomashort says:

      Hahaha yes it does doesn’t it, yes the alliums are pretty typical well worth a go they are great bulbs 😀

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