Six on Saturday, 9th of June 2018

I love this time of year more than any other time, I think it maybe just because I have a deep deep love of roses, wild flowers and Hardy Geraniums, for those plants, it’s the time of the year that the both of them are at their peaks during this month. But that said, I think this time of the year is when the gardens have really come to life, the range of greens from the new foliage looks green and fresh, so many flowers are just hitting their first peak and it’s not only the garden this is happening. A drive around the hedgerows in the country, they will be filled with the soft white of cow parsley, the odd bit of blue of geranium pratense and if you are really lucky, a area of orchids. These native plants are also just coming to their best now.

Not doing too much in my garden at the moment apart from enjoying the flowering plants and the scent my roses are filling the air with, nothing nicer than relaxing in the garden with a cuppa or beer and enjoying the garden, well that’s until I spot a weed or a spent bloom I missed a few minutes before. That said my six below may disagree with me! Now I will say that there maybe one or two roses below, that’s my little warning for this week but tough it’s my six and I love them!

Well that’s torn it! My forsythia needed pruning and after months of mental turmoil about whether it should stay or go now, if it’s goes there will be trouble but if it’s it could be trouble, so darling let me know, should it stay or should it go, well sorry The Clash, it’s gone, now what the hell do I do with this space!!

The first rose this week, Rosa Magna Carta is a Heritage rose and it repeat flowers thoughout the summer, smells stunning and looks gorgeous, great rose

Even with my next plant I have got roses sneaking in, Geranium Patricia is a stunning hybrid that is one of my favourites and works so well with my roses. Flowers all summer long and I planted this as memory plant for my partners Nan who sadly pasted away a few years ago, a lovely lady called Patricia

Souvenir de Jeanne Balandeau is again a highly scented repeat flowering heritage rose, just look at the beauty of this plant

Linaria Lucy’s Pink is another new plant for me, brought from a small nursery last year, I love the pink flowers that seem a little larger and wider spaced than other linarias,

I always feel that the flowers of sempervivums look very much like the alien bursting out of the person in the film alien, but that said they also look very beautiful. Also once the individual rosette flowers, it then sadly dies but with so many new rosettes coming up, the plant is never lost.

Well that’s my six done, I hope you enjoyed them and look forward to seeing you next week, I may of started planting up the font space caused by hurricane Tom or started another project…..

until then, happy gardening and don’t forget to pop over to the host of the Meme mr propagator Just be careful he doesn’t try and propagate parts of you

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Thatโ€™s it that is what a Sempervivum flower reminds me of. Mine are on their way to flowering but I can see what you mean. The way it evolves is like something from a Scinfo movie. Thanks!

  2. Heyjude says:

    Now your Forsythia has gone you can paint the windowsill ๐Ÿ˜€
    Love the roses, I like to see roses and smell roses, but I can’t be doing with all the faff of looking after them. Saying that I do have 6 roses – two still in containers and very badly pot-bound. Maybe today is the day I set them free…

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol yes thank you for spotting that lol my partner beat you to it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ hoping to get them done this summer ๐Ÿ‘ all depends on the type of rose and the conditions they are growing in, some are dead easy to grow and donโ€™t need much care at all ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Heyjude says:

        Sorry, I just couldn’t resist! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m hoping my sempervivums will flower but I am not sure whether my varieties will. Interesting and varied Six.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, I am sure they will in the end, they do seem to have a odd flowering cycle, seem to do it when they want too

  4. chicu says:

    I congratulate you on your beautiful heritage roses! Are they all fragrant?

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you and yes they are all scented, I love the scent in the garden on a summers morn

  5. Iโ€™ve never seen the Linaria Lucyโ€™s Pink before. Itโ€™s got lovely delicate flowers. I visited a small foxglove and peony nursery today. I love the fact you can find unusual plants! I came away with a couple of fox gloves although revisited the peonies. Lovely 6.

    1. thomashort says:

      Itโ€™s a pretty new one with only one supplier at the moment, I brought it last year and was waiting for the right space. Itโ€™s wonderful isnโ€™t and most of the time they are better than the more commonly grown forms, just never been in the right place at the right time to hit the limelight. Lol some of those peonies are stunning now arenโ€™t they, I really really like the crosses between the herbecous types and tree ones could have loads of them as well

  6. Resisted…..

  7. March Picker says:

    Beautiful Six. I need to find that Patricia geranium. Outrageously lovely.

    1. thomashort says:

      Itโ€™s well worth finding, flowers all summer long too

  8. Like you I love roses and you have some beauties here. Your Linaria has a delicate beauty too!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you, roses almost canโ€™t be beaten can they a flower that gives and gives

  9. cavershamjj says:

    Congratulations on ridding yourself of the dratted forsythia. A shambles of a plant, you are well shot of it. I like that ger very much. Nice and bright.

    1. thomashort says:

      Why thank you, only problem is now I need to paint the wood work and wall behind ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ still all planted now may have to wait for them to settle in ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. tonytomeo says:

    That’s it? Your first picture of the week is bare soil where there had been a forsythia? Dirt? Graphic description of sempervivem flowers. Well, they are pretty anyway. The geraniums and linaria are totally rad.

    1. thomashort says:

      Ummm yes ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ next weeks will be a planted hole, needed to get the plants first, yes I love the semperivins flowers, geraniums are one of my favourite plants

  11. Nice Linaria. I always think the flowers of Linaria look orchid-like. (Are we allowed to call them toadflax?)

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you and I think we are I just forgot that name ๐Ÿ˜‚ old age I think or it could be the summer is catching up already, I agree and I think they are soo underrated as garden plants, I am slowly increasing the ones I have at home now

  12. n20gardener says:

    You have dispensation from me – should you ever need it – to include more roses. Just reviewed my border and decided I needed a stronger coloured rose and there they are in your six. Inspiration again plus the linaria. Thank you.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘lol you can never have too many roses in a garden I think, just donโ€™t want to over power each six with them ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope they grow well for you ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. John Kingdon says:

    I’m immune, immune, immune, immune, immune, immune. Phew! That’s six out of the way. I can relax. And catch up. Buddleia “Silver Anniversary” arrived yesterday …..! And there’s a Stachyurus in her planting hole! That new space in your front garden might be just right for, now let me see, a Forsythia ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously, consider a tall Alstroemeria like Indian Summer. Once established (which, if you buy a decent plant to start with, will be in a month or so – have a look at Viv Marsh’s selection) you’ll have a trouble-free plant providing flowers from late spring to late autumn. In a couple of years, you’ll be able to pull plenty of stems for the vase without impacting on the flower display.

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol the jabs worked this week John ๐Ÿ‘both cracking plants though
      Lol I was thinking about a dwarf one to go in there but it passed in 2 seconds thankfully. Many thanks for the suggestion ๐Ÿ‘ umm I may of beaten you to it and it maybe planted up already, I went to Hardys on Saturday and ended up with a few extras than I ordered ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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