Six on Saturday: Golden Girl and Other Wet Things

We have had a couple of very welcome wet days, bringing less than 1″ of rain but nevertheless the wettest period since sometime last year; filling all the water butts and soaking the ground, the steady and prolonged showers were very gratefully received and, with many tasks that could be carried on indoors, did not slow down preparations for opening the garden. Occasional breaks in the showers were taken advantage of to tick off more items from the to-do lists and to admire the renewed lush greenness of the garden.

The borders are filling out nicely and I have been moving pots of lilies  and other oddments into any remaining gaps. There will be plenty of newbies to share with you in due course, but today I have been admiring Bupleurum longifolium‘Bronze Beauty’ which I tried several times to grow from seed without success, before treating myself to a small plant from a specialist plant fair last month. I look forward to being able to cut some to include in a vase when the plant has grown more:

Some years ago I acquired a small specimen of  Geranium maderense without realising how difficult it can be to grow; what it has been doing since then I don’t really know as I haven’t seen it since – until now, when it has suddenly reappeared (at least I think that’s what it is). The result of last year’s prolonged summer perhaps?

It wasn’t long ago that I thought I needed to add another plant or two to the heuchera bed to bulk it up a bit – but look at it now, looking pretty leafy and lush. In fact, all my heucheras seem to be doing well this year and this bed, unlike the others, did not get a top dressing of manure because it has a blanket of slate chippings which it would have been a faff to remove.

Early in May when buds were first forming on Rambling Rector I thought it was going to flower early this year, but the buds are only just opening now and it will not be in full flower for a couple of weeks. Combined with the adjacent Crown Princess Margarita it will be an absolute picture and is currently one of the many sights in the garden that my gaze keeps returning to:

And finally, for this Six on Saturday meme hosted by Jon the Propagator, I have my first dahlia of the year! It is (shade your eyes) a VERY yellow dahlia, and not what I would have chosen myself, but it came as a gift with another dahlia I had specifically asked about from Brian the Dahlia Man who lives near my Mum. Unbelievably, it came as a cutting that was taken only in mid-March, and also helped trigger my own foray into dahlia cuttings. Meet Golden Girl:

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28 Responses to Six on Saturday: Golden Girl and Other Wet Things

  1. I LOVE Golden Girl! “Faff” to remove ???

  2. tidalscribe says:

    Grateful for the rain – by Wednesday Ibgad emptied all my water butts doing all my tubs – now they are all full.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it has been wonderful for filling the water butts and although outdoor plants don’t now need watering because of the rain it has really soaked the ground for the first time in many months

  3. bcparkison says:

    Wow she is bright but I love how the rain collets in the fold. The garden is looking good. All of your hard work is paying off.

  4. Jacqueline says:

    I Like the first view, this patio is pretty !
    The rosbuch with the pergola : theirs colours are getting married very well…
    Good week

  5. Chloris says:

    Now you have Bupleurum you can sow fresh seeds and always have it. I love the rose and the heucheras. I am not convinced that is Geranium maderense which can’t take any frost at all. Mine lives in the greenhouse in a large pot where it grows into a huge plant with previous leaf stalks growing down to support the plant. Mine took three years to produce its huge inflorescence of flowers. I will send you some seeds when they are ripe.
    I know we need the rain but it is getting to be rather a bore.

    • Cathy says:

      As always I bow to your superior knowledge, Chloris – it was mainly that I knew that was around the spot that it had been planted, and the leaves look right (hard to get a close up as it as in the middle of the border and there is another geranium in the shot too). It may be that the person who gave it to me got it wrong, of course, and I have a teeling theirs was grown outside – just c/r who it was! I remember seeing yours, albeit in a chilly February. The people selling the bupleurum say theirs self seeds regularly and to leave the seedlings to get established before moving. Lovely day here today, but then a damp week is forecast…

  6. Your garden must be such a joy to be in at the moment – lovely to see the current stars of the show.

  7. Pauline says:

    Your heucheras and roses are stunning, mine seem so much better this year too! I agree with chloris, I don’t think Geranium maderense would have survived the freezing temperatures last winter, or was it March when we had snow?!

  8. Jim Stephens says:

    If it’s not Geranium maderense it presumably is G. palmatum, which could be described as a poor mans maderense. I have masses of it and it seeds about freely.

  9. A few plants there I’ve never seen before like Bupleurum longifolium‘Bronze Beauty’ . What a bronze beauty indeed and one to look out for. That Dahlia is almost a ‘glow in the dark’ variety! It’s stunning though. Nice 6.

  10. Cathy your whole garden is so leafy and full of beautiful flowers and plants: I love it. Blupleurum has some divine flowers. The Heucheras collection and the roses are impressive. I like the Dahlia “Golden Girl”: it animates the garden with its summer color. The Geranium is lovely. What I really liked is the seagull lying on the table: it looks really, it’s adorable. Greetings from Margarita.

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Have not heard of Bupleurum longifolium‘Bronze Beauty’ –it’s beautiful. Also am intrigued by your dahlia cuttings. Is it complicated?

    • Cathy says:

      The cuttings were unbelievably easy, Susie. Although it is sometines recommended that you include a piece of tuber with the cutting, most of mine didn’t and neither did Brian’s. They rooted within 1-2 weeks and should flower this year, as Golden Girl already is – amazing, and I am now hooked!

  12. Heyjude says:

    That yellow is certainly no shy damsel! I love your roses, they seem to be so floriferous. I tried growing Geranium maderense when I moved here, it never flowered so I didn’t get any seeds and the Beast from the East killed it off last year. I don’t think I shall bother again.

    • Cathy says:

      Some of my newest roses are not quite there yet but I shall forgive them their tardiness as all the others are on their way to wonderfulness! I think the general feeling is that the unnamed geranium is no G maderense afrer all

  13. tonytomeo says:

    Ah, the first dahlia! Mine was not so pretty, but I needed to post it because it was such a survivor. The only picture I got was of the first flower after it started deteriorating. Yeah, it was bad. Anyway, in our climate, most flowers bloom earlier than they do in other regions. However, dahlias typically do not start blooming until about now, and then continue until autumn. We think of them as late summer and autumn flowers.

  14. Your Heuchera bed is really special! I love them, but they don’t seem to compete well with the other groundcovers in my garden. So I’m a bit jealous of your collection. 😉 I’m glad you’ve received some welcome rain.

  15. Brian Skeys says:

    I hope you don’t have to many wet things on the 19th Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      And you on the 17th, Brian!! I think we should be OK next week, but I do have a group visit on Thursday evening this week which is looking on the damp side….

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