Six on Saturday from Sussex

Two windy days and a storm overnight on Thursday has left the garden looking ragged. Lots of propping up of pots and tying in to do before the next gale hits us. With regards to The Propagator here is my six.

A happy accident! The obelisk is in a pot that was home to some sweet peas earlier in the summer and now long gone. I tied in some of the ivy growing in the raised bed next to the pot and then later in the summer cut down a sun scorched potted golden hop and left it next to the obelisk pot where it suddenly started into new growth and joined the ivy to brighten up this quiet corner of the patio.

Cronus alternifolia after nearly 17 years in residence is finally blotting out the neighbours windows! There is a lovely specimen of this at Wakehurst Place which is not far from here, but that one looks much better for being planted on its own in a lawn where it can show off its “wedding cake” tiers.

The “beach hut” shed! Even though we’re probably 20 miles from the sea, although we’re sometimes lucky enough to have some seagulls overhead. I can just squeeze a small table and a couple of chairs on the “shingle” here and enjoy an evening G&T!

Berry time again. This time on Cotoneaster horizontalis. Luckily the birds don’t bother with them until the New Year and it looks even better later in the autumn when the leaves turn a lovely carmine. A great plant for all year round as the bees love the tiny pink flowers in May.

The cold frame is filling up. On top of a sprinkling of slug pellets are wallflowers, snap dragons and sweet william, sown a bit late I’m afraid but they should make some progress tucked in here! All my propagation is done with the aid of two cold frames,windowsills and cloches. No room for a greenhouse! This little frame is alongside the shed and this one below is a cabinet type made by a carpenter friend and positioned against the south facing wall of the house……..

…….some cuttings and some seeds from earlier in the month in this one. Have a good week everyone.


Six on Saturday from Sussex

Three again this week from my own garden and three from a garden hopping trip to Somerset.

Physocarpus seedlings from a mixed pack of seed from the Hardy Plant Society. Hoping I may have Diabolo and perhaps Darts Gold. Have never been able to grow this plant from cuttings so pleased with these seedlings.

A Golden Hop still putting on fresh growth and draping itself around one of two homemade piers that stand at the top of some steps – the base is an upturned planter and the ball was previously used to keep the postman’s feet away from the corner of a border near the front door! Have given in on that one and now have gravel in the corner.

Have thinned out some stems from this clump of bamboo and cut back the Crocosmia that grows beneath it (which didn’t produce its orange flowers that match the canes this year, presumably because of the drought) so that I can enjoy the orange canes on my way to the shed. The golden Hop growing on an obelisk to the right and trained along the fence is not appreciating the shade which deepens here towards the end of summer, but is still giving a good backdrop for the bamboo.

The garden/field designed by Piet Oudolf at Hauser & Wirth near Bruton, Somerset.

Dahlias doing their thing on a grey afternoon at Barrington Court, Ilminster.

Loved this partnership in a stunning late summer border at Lytes Carey near Somerton. All three gardens were looking good despite lack of sunshine to set them off for my pics! No more trips away for a while, need to get some jobs done at home while soil is still warm and less dry.

Don’t forget to check out the Propagator for his Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday

Three from my own garden and three from a garden hopping trip to France this week.

Lovely flower (just one!) on potted Hosta Fried Bananas, and scented too.

Moody blues, Hosta Halcyon and newly potted Eucalyptus gunni. Favourite colour Beaumont Blue on trough (just emptied of lobelia and awaiting Narcissus Tete a tete), Hoping the Eucalytus will grow away quickly to be reflected in the mirror, as this is my view from dining table! Will need to think of something to replace the Hosta when it fades later. Perhaps a blue conifer?

I’m hoping this little pot contains Nandina as I’ve always wanted one. It was bought last year in a collection of small plants being sold for autumn/winter hanging baskets with no individual labels. Am I hoping in vain do you think and it’s something else?

Spotted this fantastic shrub in the Jardin Botanique Du Beau Pays near Marck, just north of Calais. The helpful owner, struggling to understand my poor French, wrote the name down for me Broussonetia papyrifera ‘Golden Shadow’. Does anyone grow this? Assuming it is hardy enough for southern gardens in UK.

The second of our French gardens visit, Jardins D’Angelique, Montmain in Normandy. This part of the garden was created in memory of the owner’s eldest daughter Angelique. Very peaceful and full of lovely plants.

And finally, Le Jardin Plume, lovely atmospheric planting featuring many grasses and this fantastic hedge! A great trip despite grey skies and drizzle, which is sometimes better for pics than bright sunshine!

Thanks again to The Propagator for inspiring me to join in.

Six on Saturday from Sussex

Some good rain and cooler nights this week making the garden lovely and green even if a bit quiet on colour.

Time to pot on some wallflowers, snap dragons and Sweet William and take cuttings from Fuchia Tom Thumb, which I bought from a sale bench at half price! Bit late with the sowing this year as couldn’t face any extra watering during the hot days. Hopefully the seedlings will grow on into sturdy plants before winter arrives. They are destined for patio tubs for May when the pots of spring bulbs are starting to go over.

Good to have busy lizzies back in the garden. I was worried that they might succumb to the virus that affected them a few years ago but these have looked cool and fresh in pots under a Silver Birch. Nice to have green grass back too after the drought.

Climbing Rosa Cecile Bruner giving a second flush of pink on the trellis with the golden Catalpa behind. A good healthy rose that never seems to suffer from disease and the buds look great in a buttonhole if you are so inclined.

Ivy leafed geraniums (pelargoniums really) making the walk from kitchen door to garden a bit less ordinary! We keep a step ladder stored on wall opposite which makes a good place to perch last year’s cuttings while they grow on. The outlet from a gas fire which is just in view provides a little extra warmth here and is a good place to over winter pots of salvias and others that don’t like too much winter cold.

This little border under a clump of bamboo always looks tired after the first flush of spring so whatever is looking good in pots at the time is set out here. This time it’s Phalaris (Gardeners Garters) looking fresh after being cut right down mid July, with a couple of pots of Heuchera Palace Purple in front. Fuchia Mrs Popple is dropped into the big pot behind.

This Linaria (purple toadflax) has draped itself over Artemisia Powis Castle, both in pots! The pot holding the Artemisia has several cracks in it but the plant seems to enjoy the extra drainage!

Don’t forget to check out The Propagator for more six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday from Sussex!

Leycestria aurea has coped well with the drought, bamboo like with its green hollow stems, it grows in front of a stand of a real bamboo Phyllostachys aurea.

Ipomoea (Morning Glory), first time of growing. Seed sown in late April and heeded advice not to plant out until nights were warming up so it has been enjoying the hot summer. It’s in a plastic pot on patio floor and tucked out of sight. The “trellis” is a gate picked up at a charity sale and propped against the house wall. Unfortunately the Morning Glory has decided to do the rest of its flowering at the top of a nearby bay tree where I have to crane my neck to see them!

Have had this little plant of Erodium for 3 years having originally bought it at the late Margery Fish’s garden, East Lambrook. It’s plastic pot sits inside this lovely old pot from Pots and Pithois which is not far from where I live here in West Sussex. The Erodium flowers for months if regularly deadheaded, which I do with a pair of nail scissors while sitting on the bench with a cup of coffee!

Hydrangea from a cutting, unfortunately no name! I grow several in large plastic pots which helps with keeping them well watered. They are great for dropping into gaps on the borders later in the summer. I store them out of sight until they are coming into flower. I think Gertrude Jekyll used to call this method of filling gaps her “contrivances”! The geranium below it, growing in the top of a patio wall, is Psilostemon which despite its healthy looking foliage failed to flower this year. Has anyone had this happen to them? All other hardy geraniums have been fine.

A wedding anniversary gift, 2 Abutilon Kentish Belle. Have planted them into large pot with a Phygelius (cape figwort) I grew from seed from the Hardy Plant Society’s seed allocation for members. With hindsight they are all going to outgrow the pot very quickly! We shall see! You can just see the rim of the pot which is painted in Cuprinol’s Beaumont blue to match the trellis and also the nearby (out of view) shed.

Nicotiana sylvestris and Cosmos Purity (both in pots of course) and grown from seed sown late April on kitchen windowsill. Both good plants for late summer.

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