Six on Saturday 20/7/19 – A Soggy Interlude

Dahlia Little Robert

I’ve been away for a week visiting gardens in Yorkshire, very inspiring and I will probably share my thoughts and images with you soon.  I only had time on arriving home to unload my plant acquisitions  so I didn’t have a chance to walk round the garden until Friday morning when it was absolutely pouring.  The rain is well overdue and the garden will benefit and hopefully the humidity will be lifted but the rain isn’t very helpful for taking photos and having a look around the garden so these are not my best.

The dahlia is the only one that has grown for me this year.  I bought four tubers and this is the only one that has grown, which is a huge disappointment. I doubt I will bother with dahlias again as they are generally too large and dominant for my planting style.

Gladiolus flanniganii

I love this gladiolus, I have a whole pot of it which I drag under cover each winter to protect it.  Its a small gladiolus and originates from the cliffs of the Drakensburg, I expect I bought it from am alpine nursery when I was dabbling in alpines a few years ago.

Phlox paniculata ‘David’

I did spot that the Phlox paniculata ‘David’ is flowering.  This phlox does really well for me and it smells amazing.  I saw quite a lot of phlox in Yorkshire last week so I bought another one to see if it will grow as well.

I’ve included the flowering agave as the flower is so disproportionate to the size of the plant.  I suspect it is long overdue for repotting; another job to add to the long list of jobs to do.

You may have wondered earlier what plant acquisitions I made so I thought I would show you a picture of them recovering in the rain. Some of them spent 5 days sitting under a coach so they have done very well; we were lucky that our coach driver is also a gardener.  He has driven us for each of our trips over the last four years so is part of the gang now although this year we really challenged him with filling the underneath of the coach and every available space inside the coach with plants. I think I ended up with 21 plants including an echeveria, a fern, a couple of alpines and numerous plants for the Big Border where I am trying to improve the grassy pollinator look.

The other new acquisition on the patio is a new patio set of two chairs and a small table.  We wanted chairs which were conducive to reading and relaxing and these chairs are incredibly comfortable.  I bought them just before I went away so I am now looking forward to having a nice sit down outside when I get home from work next week.

Those are my soggy Six on Saturday, for more posts visit The Propagators blog.


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

16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 20/7/19 – A Soggy Interlude”

  1. I have also been in Yorkshire garden visiting this week with friends
    Burnby Hall,Burton Angus and my favourite Newby Hall but no room in the car for plants

    1. Went to Newby Hall as well, plus Scampston and some small private gardens. I liked Scampston best

  2. What a wonderful the bus-trip with fine potted purchases. I love the shade of the gladiolus. It’s positively bloody and I can say that with impunity, having cut my finger yesterday on an oyster shell. I’m also seriously in love with your garden chair (s) – they are a really inviting and harmonious shape. Hapy relaxing in them!

  3. Little Robert is rather nice. Our white phlox has just started flowering – it almost glows in the evening light. The new chair looks very comfy!

  4. I’m loving the image of the bus filled to the brim with plants, hehe! Just had rain here too, so I should be able to dig again. 🙂

  5. As a Yorkshire lass born and bred I am looking forward to seeing which gardens you visited. My own favourite is Burton Agnes but there are many other lovely ones.

    1. We didn’t visit Burton Agnes, as many had been to Yorkshire before so we tried to avoid gardens they had previously visited

  6. Your purchase sound excellent. Nothing like introducing new family members(plants) into the garden scene! May they live long and grow well. That new chair is most appealing.

  7. It really helps if the coach driver is a gardener too. You indeed bougmemories and you have some good looking plants. It’s great to buy on a garden holiday, it will always bring back happy memories.

  8. The gladiolus is divine! And I do have a penchant for anything South African 🙂
    I’m planning a holiday in Yorkshire next summer (probably around the Dales) so any suggestions for gardens to visit are very much appreciated.

  9. Jealous of your new plants, I do like a plant buying binge. My glads are beginning to think about flowering, first time I’ve grown them.

  10. That little Agave is actually a species of Aloe. There are not many Agave that are so small, and even they are not so timid.
    Phlox is rad! I just met it for the first time last year. It took a while to figure out what it is when it showed up in the landscape. We don’t know where it came from or how it got here.

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