A Random Six on Saturday

There is no theme to my Six on Saturday today, although if I could post fragrances that is what you be experiencing instead of six fairly random photos. I cannot even post pictures of the six things given me the greatest pleasure in the garden as there are just far too many of them to rank in any order of preference. After a wet week (great for the soil and the water butts but not so good for roses laden with blooms), my six range from one of many paths strewn with rose petals (above) to near perfect hostas:

… a glorious grouping of heuchera:

…flamboyant herbaceous poppies (see Chloris’ post for more of these):

…the first of the summer clematis, C ‘The Vagabond’ (several C viticella are on the point of joining the party):

…and finally, the exquisite rose I showed on Wednesday, Gertrude Jekyll, now opened to show a perfect ‘quartered rosette’. Moved from the gallery fence to the shrub border in the autumn, she is looking much happier already and will hopefully go from strength to strength in future seasons. Having flowered below par in her previous location, you may appreciate why I am thrilled to see such perfection. She smells pretty good too…

With garden openings this coming week this of necessity is a brief post; rest assured, all is well and everything is in hand (excluding the weather, over which I have no control) bar a few more cakes and keeping up with deadheading. I may not have time to read all my favourite Saturday Sixes but don’t let it stop you popping over to Jon the Propagator’s blog yourselves and checking them out.


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44 Responses to A Random Six on Saturday

  1. All beautiful, but I was especially taken by the hosta. I live in the woods, and in my gardens, everything is coming up hostas. We’ll, maybe not everything. πŸ˜‰

  2. Heyjude says:

    I think I need to move my GJ to a better place. Good luck with the opening! I’m sure everyone will love your garden.

  3. Annette says:

    The BIG question is: how did you manage to keep the slugs away from the hosta?! πŸ˜‰ Isn’t it sad in way how ephemeral everything is? The roses have been stunning this year and meanwhile I’ve done the first round of dead-heading. The paths are strewn with petals here too…well, at least some of them will flower again this summer. Just a bit worried as it’s been far too dry but fingers crossed, it may mean we get some rain this summer. Off for a few days of holidays tomorrow, looking forward to it. Love to you both x

    • Cathy says:

      That’s always a big question, and there are some that have been nobbled. Organic slug pellets early on and then I have used nematodes for the first time too

    • Cathy says:

      And the rose petals still look lovely on the ground, don’t they? Enjoy your break, and I hope you get some rain soon – no longer a problem here!!

  4. bcparkison says:

    All of this and cake too? What kind may I ask.

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I love those heuchera…a touch of autumn- colourwise- in your spring garden. Best wishes for your open day, I hope the rain stays away.

  6. Nice photos! Your Hosta and group of Heuchera look great!

  7. That Gertrude Jekyll is stunning. I have a similar rose called Olivia Rose which I love for its scent. That hosta looks so healthy. Do you have problems with slugs and snails? I’ve given up with hostas for that reason but perhaps I should try again. Happy gardening

    • Cathy says:

      I nearly chose Olivia Rose Austin as one of the new roses I was adding – she’s lovely, isn’t she? Slugs and snails can be a problem, but I use organic slug pellets and this year nematodes too – it would be a shame not to have any hostas so it’s worth the small effort

  8. Cathy I’m sure that the opening of the garden will be a success with these beauties. I love hostas. The Heucheras are spectacular. The Poppies are wonderful. The Clematis “The Vagabond” is fabulous. La Rosa Gertrude Jekyll is a jewel, I love it. Greetings and memories of Margarita. πŸ™‚

  9. Love your Clematis poppies and hosta and I also have a Gertrude Jekyll who is a great doer.

  10. I always tend to group Heuchera of one type together. Your mixed display is beautiful and suggests I need to rethink my system.

  11. Chloris says:

    I want to know how you achieve perfect hostas too. All lovely; I adore your heuchera collection. Good luck with the garden open day, I am sure they will love it, I wish I could come. Thanks for mentioning my poppies.

    • Cathy says:

      Sadly yhey are not all perfect, Chloris, but most are. My miniatures were nobbled really early on and look dreadful 😲 A few weeks ago I used nematodes for the first time and might try a garlic wash too – they are more than doubly gorgeous when they are pristine. Thanks for the good wishes – I am trying not to look at the weather forecast! Do you have any more visitors due?

  12. Good luck for the weather this week and lots and lots of lovely visitors

  13. tonytomeo says:

    Rose petals on the ground are so pretty. We had locust bloom on the ground back in spring. It was messy, but pretty too. It reminds me of the apricot bloom when it used to be on the ground and roadways in the Santa Clara Valley decades ago. It would swirl in the turbulence behind the occasional car that would go by. I can not imagine that there used to be so many vast apricot and other orchards there, or that San Tomas Aquino Road used to be a two lane suburban road with minimal traffic on it.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I imagine it must be very different from the ‘old days’, Tony

      • tonytomeo says:

        My great grandmother who lived here when there were less than 20,000 people in San Jose thought it was so nice that so many ‘more’ people could enjoy living in the region. I don’t want to sound mean, but I would not mind if everyone just went home and got out of mine.

  14. Now that’s a cracker of a hosta Cathy and fabulous poppies too. I imagine that somebody will be kept busy sweeping up those rose petals this week πŸ™‚

  15. cavershamjj says:

    Glad your gertie j has recovered her poise. I have a climbing version which is in its first summer and flowering, albeit low down. Low enough that I haven’t got my snout close enough to take a sniff. I’ll take your word for it! Your hosta looks great. My container planted hosta are still pristine but those in the border are looking a little battle scarred I’m afraid. 🐌

    • Cathy says:

      My ‘Gertie’ is a climber too but up to now hasn’t – I have high hopes for future years now she is happily placed. Wouldn’t risk hostas in the borders here…

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