Six on Saturday 26th of May

Another busy week in the sun, well mostly sun and warm, ideal for hoeing off the weeds and dying in a few minutes, one of my favourite jobs is hoeing, that feeling of going though the bed, in a smooth calm action, with the sun on your back, only thing that beats it, is of course, hoeing a bed full of scented roses, total bliss!

Anyway I am writing this on Friday evening, excited like a excited thing that is indeed very excited, why you may ask, well I am off to The RHS flower show at chelsea, all thanks to those great people at Griffin Glasshouses, who ran a competition for a couple of tickets on Saturday and my name came out! It’s made my week! I have only been once and that was many many years ago. I am sooo excited I could crush a grape!

Right on to the first of the six and I was going to apologise for the amount of Geraniums in this weeks 6 but I won’t, why? Cause they are all brilliant that’s why,

Geranium Orkney Pink, how stunning is that!

Time for a quick rose, this was the first one to flower for me last year, second this year Louis XIV, stunning colour, stunning scent, doesn’t stop flowering all summer

This six puts me in dreamland well Geranium dreamland, cracking newish form, featured in last years 6 but what a little stunner

Allium aflatunense is just starting to flower, moving on from the purple sensations that are just going over, cracking looking plants, supplied by Geetee bulbs

Geranium renardii is one of my favourites, the leaves are so tactile and soft and as pictured here, the flowers are so loved by bees as well as us. It makes great groundcover as well

Penstemon artic Fox is one of my favourite white penstemons and it works so well as white foil to many plants, great form indeed.

Well that’s my six for this week, I hope you enjoyed them, right I am off to the train station to catch a train! Will catch up with you all later, have a great weekend and enjoy the other six on Saturday over at the hosts site

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    I agree, geraniums are great plants. I didn’t know renardii but now I need to seek that one.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s a little cracker of a plant, well worth getting

  2. I must buy one of those Orkney Cherry geranium plants. I saw one in a Six-on-Saturday last week, too. I would also like a white penstemon. However, some of my plants I have had for years are looking sorry for themselves just now so I had better nurse them back to health before I buy too many more…there again..?

    1. thomashort says:

      Haha never have too many plants, I would go for it, I impulse buy a lot for my garden and have a umm too large holding area but it’s just until I find the right one for the right space 😉 which never happens 😂

  3. fredgardener says:

    Wonderful rose this Louis XIV! Perhaps an inappropriate name for a rose because King Louis XIV was also named the Sun King, which would recall the yellow color … (?).
    Otherwise I’m still waiting for my Allium aflatunense, a bit late compared to A. Christophii, already in bloom here.
    Enjoy your weekend at the (fantastic, yes it must be !) RHS Flower Show and maybe the next SoS will be about it ..

    1. thomashort says:

      Cheers Fred, I had a fantastic time there today, plants were amazing and some of the gardens I found very inspiring on many levels. Thank you, it is one of my favourites, loves the warm sheltered spot it’s growing in, lol yes a little ironic, did he like the dark claret colours too

  4. A. JoAnn says:

    Your Louis XIV rose is a stunner, and the petals look like velvet in the photo.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you and they are so soft! The scent is just out of this world as well

  5. Karen says:

    Beautful! Your Louis XIV rose almost convinced me to reconsider growing roses and try this one! Cheers.

    1. thomashort says:

      I hope it does Karen, there’s always a right rose for everyone, they do give me great pleasure and the scent is stunning for this little rose, needs a little shade away from full sun otherwise it burns sadly

  6. I really like your penstemon, and I love even more how easy they are to propagate! I’m a fan of your species geranium – don’t be shy, show me more!

    1. thomashort says:

      Cheers fella, they are so easy aren’t they, I have a huge soft spot for them, lol thank you and I think I may have a few more for next week 😉

  7. I bought a geranium renardii last month, like you say lovely leaves. No flowers on mine yet though, but sure it will reappear in my six when it does.

    1. thomashort says:

      I hope it flowers soon for you, worth not feeding it and starving it to get the flowers

  8. Wow that Geranium Renardii is a corker! Must look out got that.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s one of my favourites, there’s a couple of blue forms as well that are almost as nice, like the white one slightly more

  9. Hope you had fun at Chelsea! This has definitely been the year when I have rediscovered a love of geraniums too. You have some interesting varieties there.

  10. n20gardener says:

    Hope you had a great time at Chelsea. Your six has so many great plant ideas me to steal! Renardii looks wonderful, the penstemon is perfect – none of mine are in flower yet and that Rose has a sumptuous colour. Also a great idea to have two varieties of alllium to keep the colour going. My purple sensation have just finished and the border looks a little flat. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, I had a fantastic time 😀 and so pleased you enjoyed it, I must admit this allium is growing on me big time and I can see me getting a lot more this autumn. It was a very short season on purple this year wasn’t

  11. tonytomeo says:

    Snowdrops, tulips, and now alliums. I am really missing out on all these bulbs. I have seen alliums in catalogues, but never grown them. When I do, I want one that will survive to bloom again the following year. That is why I do not grow tulips.

    1. thomashort says:

      Well are well worth growing, they do tend to get better as time goes by too, well worth trying some

      1. tonytomeo says:

        That is what I continue to be told, but there are not many bulbs that do well with a lack of adequate chill.

  12. John Kingdon says:

    Now look here, old chap! You’ve already sent me on a geranium buying expedition (even if I call them Geums). Would you mind, please, not sending me off on a repeat performance? I’ll feature “your” Stachyurus in next week’s six if you co-operate. “Your” buddleja should reach me in a week or two. “Your” Hammamelis will be sent when back in stock at the nursery. But all only if you let up on my plant-buying obsessions. I mean, you’re supposed to abstain from drinking in the presence of an alcoholic. Oh, and I have a sudden reblooming of Armeria. I thought they’d gone over but they were merely resting. Maybe another component of next week’s six, But, overall, I’m finding you a very hard person to afford! 😉

    1. thomashort says:

      I do apologise old fruit, I am sorry I have got such good taste, I shall try not to keep on making a habit of it, I went to Chelsea and didn’t buy any….. saw loads I liked……… so please avoid my new post…….. just need to find 6 for next week. Good news about the repeat flowering, mine are just starting to flower for the first time.

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