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Six on Saturday 2nd of June 2018

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June! June! It can’t be be June already but the garden is proving me wrong, with so many of the June plants showing me it’s June, with the roses really starting to get going and their fragrance is starting to fill my garden. But what a week it has been, very hot and sunny and then it rained and boy did it rain! My glass left on the patio table, had 65mm in it after just being outside for 12hrs. This time last week I was heading up to Chelsea for the flower show and I had a great time there, so many stunning plants and gardens too see and inspire from. Not had to do much in the garden this week, it’s all just ticking by nicely, I do have some plants to add to the garden and now the soil is a little moist and I hopefully will get them in, I also need to plan and plant up my front door pots, just can’t decide what to put in there this summer, seen one plant I like to use and slowly adding a list together. One thing that has been decided is the removal of the forsythia in the front garden, that’s going by by this weekend!

Right enough waffling, I need my cuppa and weekend toast and the little one is of the same opinion! Again this weeks 6 is going to be a rose feast with a few others added but my roses are going away nicely now and need to be shown off!

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First one is a rose I planted last year and is just so beautiful to look at and the scent is stunning. Champion of the world is a Hybrid perpetual rose and that will repeat flower all summer long, it’s been around since 1894

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Let’s have a poppy now, never sowed them, they just appeared in extension of the flower bed when I did it last year. Poppy seeds last for years and years in the soil, just waiting to be exposed and when it does, boom there they are!

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Rosa iceberg is one of the most popular hybrid teas grown, this is one of the only plants now left in the front garden I haven’t added too

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Now this little sod has been in my first alpine container for the past 3 years, just sat there doing nothing and now it’s decided to flower and how lovely they are indeed, if you want to grow it and wait for 3years, it’s called Bergeranthus glenensis

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Rosa little Gem is a beautiful moss rose, bred in 1840, flowers Just once but the scent and flowers are amazing and it works well in shade as well as full sun

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Now this is one of my favourite roses, flowers on and off all summer with these scented flowers, pretty disease free and tough as old boots. It is a rose that should be and deserves to be grown wider, such a great garden plant, it’s name is Amanade paternotte!

Well thatā€™s my six for this week, I hope you enjoyed them and have a great weekend gardening, I know I will šŸ˜€ and enjoy the other six on Saturday over at the hosts site https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

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Six on Saturday 21st of April 2018

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Ahh at last a little bit of sun and as we expected it went from being cold, damp and wet to being subtropical in a few days, temperatures hitting a high of 29c. This warm weather is certainly making the plants and the grass grow like anything. Indeed one lawn, well the only lawn I now mow, has gone straight from not needing to be cut, to a weekly cut now. At least in this sun and heat, the hoe can come out and any small weeds coming up can be easily removed. Anyway on to the six on Saturday, which once more come from the delights of my own garden

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The new fronds of the ferns are now slowly emerging and there can be none more attractive than the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum ‘Red Beauty’ who said foliage is dull and boring, certainly no one who has seen this plant!

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Yes you have been warned, there’s a few tulips in my six this week, this is another beauty called Infinity, I love the combination of ivory white and pink, funny enough it becomes more pink as the flower ages.

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Had to add the dark new foliage of Geranium espresso as it appears from the ground, just how dark and beautiful is this colour! You can see where the name came from can’t you.

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Another cracker that has only been around for 10yrs or so, a tulip called Green Star and what a cracker! I love the way the green shoots up in lines into the whiteness. Another form I shall be getting again next year!

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This specie tulip has to be one of the most slender and pointed out of all the tulips, this form is called clusiana ‘Shelia’ hoping this will come again regularly for me in the pots.

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Lastly we have the most cute little primula you will ever see, again a new addition to the garden from my order from Barnhaven primroses, primula farinosa or the birds eye primula. it is an Alpine and will be going into a new alpine tub I am hoping to be building soon!

Well thatā€™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 https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

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

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Six on Saturday 14th of April 2018

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Well well well it’s ended up a dryish week, a few days rain at the start but nice and dry from then onwards. This dry spell will certainly make the Plants and weeds grow a bit more. It’s been a mixed week for me here in Hampshire, my middle girl managed to break her leg badly on Tuesday, so a few extra days off than planned happened. During the quiet times, it was good to get into the garden potting stuff up, expanding beds and generally planing a few things out. The garage is slowly beginning its 3 yearly tidy up. It’s only a tiny garden here in chandlers ford but it is one I love a lot.

So anyway on to the six this week and yes they all do come from my little patch, so I hope you enjoy them!

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These have to be on the most stunning tulips I have ever grown, they look so beautiful as they start forming their buds and when they open just wow! Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’ is their name

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A few of you may remember from a few weeks ago, this spotted laurel was on my list for removal and it’s now gone! Got some more roses and hardy geraniums to replace in its spot.

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Potted up a small fruit tree I am going to train into a odd shape, idea what yet but that comes in time. The dwarf Buddleja is another that’s on my list to repot and is now done!

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Sometimes a fellow blogger posts some beautiful plants on their six and it reminds you how much you love those plants and how much you miss having them in the garden, that happened a few weeks ago with Jim Stephens and the primulas he ordered from Barnhaven primroses and I started having a look! Always wanted a hose in hose primula, that’s when there’s a flower inside a flower like above, I have also got a soft spot for gold laced forms so couldn’t resist this one

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Another primula from my little order, this one is called Camaieu and was introduced by Barnhaven back in 2003. I just loved the double forms as well and I think pink is a very easy colour to add to the garden. I can’t wait to see these grow and flower so much more over the next few years

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I have a soft spot for bulbs, I find their use in borders and containers can increase interest and add something different for the short term into those areas. This fritillary called fox grape fritillary or its botanical name Fritillaria uva vulpis, is one of my favourites from this genus, although I have a feeling a few more maybe heading my way this autumn

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 https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com

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

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Six on Saturday, 31st of March 2018

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Well I haven’t featured any water plants yet and I think if this rain carries on much longer, I shall be ripping up all my plants and replacing them with Canadian pond weed and water lilies. It’s just be a horrendous week hasn’t, been rained off twice and still not got my paper work done, keep getting distracted trying to stop the kids kill each other and waiting on them. But that’s life in the fast lane or what couples as the fast lane at my time in life.

This weather has really effected the garden, the soil hasn’t really warmed up yet and nothing is growing as mad as it was last year. I was reading though my old blogs from a year ago, finding ones like rose watch, with rose buds a good size all ready, this year they haven’t even got any new leaves on yet this year! But that’s the fun thing about gardening isn’t, every day, week, month and year is different and so unpredictable.

Talking about unpredictability here’s my six on Saturday all from my own garden!

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A lovely Hyacinth, can’t remember the name and I know it’s in a box in the garage but it’s raining and that would mean going outside and getting wet, still is a great colour and looks great in my containers in my front garden

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A slight negative now, I was so looking forward to seeing my tulip polychroma in full flower, looking stunning in the sun, it’s one of my favourite specie tulip, um then we had the snow and it well killed off the flowers and they have failed to open, gutted but there’s always next year!

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One of the few plants I have left from when we moved in, actually it was one of the few plants in the garden at the time, looks great this time of year, but is under a window and it covers the window in a few weeks during the summer. I want to take it out but the sparrows love it for some reason and I cant bring myself to remove it

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My tulips are appearing! Just love the buds full stop, so full of promise and a hint of the pleasure they will bring. Have planted a few forms in the garden this year, can’t wait to see them appearing this year

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Geranium wlassovianum ‘Lakwijk Star’ just love the new leaves on this plant! The shades of red on the leaf is amazing and the usefulness of the plant is again brilliant, it has something going for it all summer.

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Wel I think she has nearly made it, my Geranium traversii elgans, looking a little more battle scared after the last cold spell, but never less still looks alive. Phew! Can’t wait for it to get flowering again!

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my garden, If you did please checkout other peopleā€™s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other peopleā€™s plants and whatā€™s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Six on Saturday 10-02-2018

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Well that was more like it! A cold week with plenty of frosty mornings. It’s wonderful seeing the plants covered in a fine dusting of frozen tiny water particles, adding a glittery shine to all that is touched. It is so nice also seeing the big round yellow think up in the sky, it just seems to turn the day around lifting not only our spirts but those of the wildlife we share the garden with. My highlight of the week was watching a red kite flying low over a field with a Kesteral in the forefront and 3 buzzards circling behind. Times like that, I find I have to just stop what I am doing and watch nature happening in front of me. This closeness with nature is one reason I just love what I do

Anyway moving back to topic and that’s of course 6 on Saturday and for the 3rd week in a row, it comes from my little patch in Hampshire. Not too sure how I managed it but I did!

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Let’s start with a Heuchura and their beautiful foliage, they can really add a depth of colour and interest into the garden at any time of the year but even more so now, I love some of the names as well, this ones called Sugar frosting. Just look at that shade of purple underneath the leaves, just stunning purely stunning

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So pleased with this galanthus called Spindlestone surprise, it’s really bulked up well in the pot and I am enjoying the 4 flowers I have, hoping to get a few more soon!

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One of the first ones I brought a couple of years ago called Chedworth, makes a fine specimen in a pot, one of my little jobs this weekend is to feed them all with liquid seaweed to give them a boast, also tempted to repot a few of the ones that have finished flowering adding a bit of blood, fish and bonemeal to them

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A little dwarf iris now one called iris danfordiae, it’s a lovely little scented plant on the verge of flowering! It belongs to the iris reticulata group (although I have heard horror stories they are not iris any more but Iridodyctium, but let’s only say that name after the 9pm watershed Mark!) Whatever the name, it’s still just lovely

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And now for a dwarf evergreen shrub that is way underrated, it’s tough, it’s beautiful, it’s Eurya japonica ‘Moutiers’! This shade loving shrub can be pruned and shaped but it’s the stunning leaves and stems that turn bright red in the cold winter that sets it apart from many other shrubs, hard to find but well worth it

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A late addition to six on Saturday but I so wanted to feature this beautiful small climber, it’s Ribes laurifolium Amy Doncaster, it’s lovely member of the current family that flowering at the moment, Amy Doncaster is a form with red stems, selected by the great plants woman Amy Doncaster from her garden in chandlers ford. I only planted this out last year and is already proving me with its beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from My garden. If you did please checkout other peopleā€™s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other peopleā€™s plants and whatā€™s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Six on Saturday 27-1-2018

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Well another stormy wet week with a Wednesday so wet and windy, I was glad to be indoors. The ground around me is almost at saturation point now and needs a good few days of drying out, I dread to think of what it will be like if we get another downpour like Wednesday. Work wise managed to get a bit done despite the weather, basically just pruned apple trees for most of the week, so lovely being up a large apple tree, looking for miles on a dry and sunny day.

The six this week mainly come from my little battered garden, my bulbs are the thing that give me so much pleasure in January, they brighten my garden up. As we only rent our place, they are mainly in pots in case we have to move. I would hate to forget one and leave it behind!

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Ahh yes sorry I should of added a snowdrop warning earlier, I do grow a few all in pots, this is a new one I brought in the autumn as a bulb and it’s done rather well. It’s called snow fox.

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Another group of plants that’s really starting to grab my attention are dwarf Irises particularly the reticulata types, I planted quite a few in the autumn and this one is called Splish Splash

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This is one of the first snowdrops that turned my head and made me look at them in a new light and funny enough it was one of the first ones I brought and it’s bulking up quite nicely now, it’s name is Wasp

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This was my most expensive reticulata hybrid I brought and the bloody slugs have managed to avoid the sharp gravel and take chunks out of my flower. Bloody things! ‘One was not amused’ anyway, I hope it bulks up for next year, oops forgot the name it’s called Orange Glow.

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Yes you guessed it another snowdrop but a double this time and it’s indeed another new one for my collection, added in the autumn after I had seen it growing in a garden. it’s name is Dionysus and never ever ask me to say it! Still a lovely addition!

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Nope not finishing this week of a shot of our bins, a good photographer always removes the clutter around the subject they are photographing, lack of time or laziness prevented me moving the subject but the key thing is that the Venus flytrap has put on a flower spike! Very excited to see what happens when it opens, never seen one in flower before!

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from My garden. If you did please checkout other peopleā€™s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other peopleā€™s plants and whatā€™s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Propagating SempervivensĀ 

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I have always had a love of propagation and to be honest it’s the biggest thing I miss during my current role. It was always a joy to take a cutting and see it as like magic, this little bit of growth turns into a new plant. But I do have a new project waiting to start in my garden at home, it’s a new playhouse for the children, finished off with a green roof of alpines! Sounds good but after working out the amount required, I felt I had to propagate some of the ones I already grow at home and the Chicken and Hen plant or houseleek, Sempervivum, would be an ideal one to start! I love the different colours, shapes and forms of this rather simple but beautiful succulent plant 

So here’s how I propagated them, as you can see it’s pretty easy, so why not give it ago and see how you get one 

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First of all I brought all the items I needed, I cheated with the potting mix, using the cactus compost which is a good free draining compost, ideal for propagating Sempervivums
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Filled the modules with the compost and gave it a tap to level the compost off, didn’t firm it down too much
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Then gently pulled up a small side shoot off the one I want to propagate, notice the small roots coming off the bottom of the plant
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Then just shorted the stem a little using my razor sharp secateurs, this is just so they fit better into the plugs and I keep the stem on just to stabilise the plant while the roots grow
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Using a dibber (or 6” nail!) to make a small hole, big enough for the the stem to fit into
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Gently put the Sempervivums into the hole and gently push compost around the stem using the dibber not your fingers as that will encourage moss to form
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If you are propagating a named plants, it’s well worth labelling the cuttings, I like to put date propagated as well, so I know how long it took to root. It’s worth putting the label on the first one you do each time
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Give it a good water and place on a sunny window still and wait for a few weeks for them to root, check daily and remove any that haven’t made it

And that’s it a nice easy bit of propagation and money saved, every Sempervivum costs about Ā£2 in most shops so for about a Ā£5 in materials I have saved Ā£67, ideal to spent on other plants! 

I hope you enjoyed my blog and let me know how you get on if you have a go