Six on Saturday – 15th June 2019

I’m late this week as I have been at my Embrodierers Guild meeting so photos had to wait until I got home, and then I had to wait for another heavy rain shower to pass.  All of which meant that the plants were a little weather beaten and I was a little soggy by the time I had my six photos.

I’m starting with this peony, which I think is Bowl of Beauty.  I was so excited when I spotted the flowers opening this afternoon.  Its been in bud for weeks and just sat there and I convinced myself it was another red peony as the buds were quite dark.  I have a number of the big red peonies but a few years back I invested in a couple of none-red ones as I do like a peony.  However, I suspect I planted them too deeply as there were no flowers.  This peony was relocated last year I think and I was careful not to bury it too far down and I am sure this is why I have been rewarded with flowers.

Just to show you how over grown the garden has got here is the central Big Border from the bottom path.  Yet more dead-heading to do and if you look closely to the left of path you can see the Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ fading poorly, but it seems to work with the roses so I think I will leave it.  The red splash towards the back is an oriental poppy and I am going to move that once it has finished flowering to the front garden where its big leaves will be less dominating.  I expect, knowing oriental poppies, that some root will stay behind and in a year or so it will be back in the Big Border.

This is the the Big Border from the middle path.  The Geraniums have gone mad over the last week and I finally have that overflowing look I was hoping for.  I added a few lilies last week to add a bit of glamour.

Back to the plants here is my largest Allium, possibly Purple Sensation.  I love the metallic look of the flowers, they remind me of some sort of lighting installation.

The Allium also gives a useful size context to the Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ which is swamping the area behind the bench.  I left the bench in the photo for size reference and to shame myself into painting it. I think the Hosta is finally the right plant for this spot as I have been looking for something which would have enough presence to fill the space and be seen behind the bench but not a tall plant which would over shadow the bench.

Finally, a not particularly briliant photo of my white Ensata Iris, which is slowly increasing year on year and makes me very happy.

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Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

19 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 15th June 2019”

  1. The peony is very pretty with its inner ring of cream petals. The rain, cool temperatures, and low light for days on the trot are a little challenging, but your garden is now beautifully established looking at your long views of the borders. Have a good week……..

  2. That hosta’s ginormous. I think your allium might be Christophii. We have one and I didn’t know what variety it was until I saw it named in a few other SoSs.

  3. I agree with one man and his garden trowel above – it is allium Christophii. Purple Sensation has smaller heads with more tightly packed flowers. Both are beautiful!
    Best wishes

  4. I’d say the allium is Christophii too. I have several of these and they are stunning plants! Bowl of Beauty is gorgeous. If I had room for a peony this is the one I would choose.

  5. I love your whole garden but the hosta (oh the hosta) and the allium are very very special. Don’t paint the bench seat. I love the weathered look.

    1. Hi Prue
      Its interesting that you like the weathered bench as it looks awful to me, so unloved. I have tried sanding it before oiling again but the finish is awful

    1. Hi Rachel
      I know what you mean, the allium flower does make an amazing lighting feature

    2. I was just about to comment on both of those. Peonies are rare here because the winters are too mild for them. Alliums have not become popular yet. I have been considering alliums because they may willing to naturalize here without much chill in winter.

  6. I love your overspilling geraniums, the effect looks great. I always like a rained on garden once it’s stopped, everything looks so bright and green.

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