Here we are at the end of June and this is the last Six on Saturday for the month. Of course we had hoped for us to be out of lockdown. Keep safe and well during the extended conditions against Covid. Wet again Friday but we are due some warmer sunnier weather but will have more rain over the coming days. This time last year it was very warm and sunny! At least it will be warmer than Friday! I have finally more roses in blooming and these are new from a range of four plants. Three planted but as one is quite vigorous and tall I have decided it’s needed elsewhere. Vegetables going well, courgettes hope to harvest sometime in July. There’s chard, pak choi, lambs lettuce, tomatoes of which four varieties, potatoes (loads of plants from two varieties). It’s been hard slog to keep the garden from over growing again but getting there.


… it’s time for this weeks Six on Saturday.

1) Hostas. First pic is of H. ‘Orange Marmalade’. Next is H. ‘Patriot’ and the last one is H. ‘Halcyon’.
Bought these early in the year when there was no signs of life. Several months later this is the result. I have only recently potted them on in compost that contains a proportion of John Innes medium. This is three of the hosts I bought out of six, three to show off sometime in a future Six on Saturday.

2) Rosa ‘Sweet Honey’. Floribunda rose that has nice scent and superb rosettes of flowers in this peach like colour. This was designed for the Orange, peach, salmon section of the border but was replaced with another rose that was actually the intention to have only three – this one, Sweet Honey is a bonus. It had not made it into the ground at the time of writing.

3) Thunbergia, Black-Eyed Susan. One of six plants and this is the pink/red version. Good large flowers that are very striking. They stand out very well and the flowers last a long time too.

Black-Eyed Susan

4) Rosa ‘Lady Marmalade ‘. Floribunda rose that’s orange coloured and is planted in the salmon/peach/orange section of the border. There are two more roses in this area but no sign of flowers. LM has quite small flowers in the classic rose formation. Another good very healthy plant.

Rosa ‘Lady Marmalade

5) Hydrangea ‘Vanille Fraise’. This is showing so much promise than last year it’s third year. It was situated around the front of the house in the previous two years. Last year it failed to be fantastically showy. I put that down to the were. and baking heat last year that made it go over very quickly. I have hope for it flowering well in the new position which is sheltered. It has several stages of colour from pink to strawberry then the flowers turning to a papery brown colour in the autumn.

Hydranges ‘Vanille Fraise’

6) Astrantia major ‘Penny’s Pink’. I have guessed at the variety! First time growing this perennial. It was passed onto me last autumn so I planted it where I thought best at the time. Seems to work so far but I expecting to dig this up and split it up may get two or three clumps for next year.

That’s this weeks Six on Saturday. Whatever you’re doing be safe and ensure that you enjoy your gardening or what ever you do. Our host of Six on Saturday, The Propagator thank you to him. Pop over to see the delights on his blog and view blogs from around the world. Until the next week’s #SixonSaturday, all the best. May pop in with the odd Post of the Day, too. Watch out for occasional view of the garden in development on Fridays. (Updated Friday 25th).