Six on Saturday: More than a Second Glance

Just a quick and fairly random selection of things from the garden for my Saturday Six, things I have paused and admired on more than one occasion recently. The Six on Saturday meme is hosted by gardening friend Jon the Propagator, so please take the time to check out his six too, and follow links to many others.

Above is one of my new roses, the one with the clumsy name, R Tottering-by-Gently’; I am really pleased I relented and choose this rose is there is already something endearing about the pale yellow single blooms and it definitely looks at home in the woodland edge border.

I had been without the dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ for a couple of years, and there wasn’t quite enough space for the replacement with the others in my dahlia beds, so it has been in a pot and not received the attention it should: it really is the most gloriously vibrant shade of scarlet, although this photo does not do it justice:

Equally vibrant is this geranium, probably G ‘Rozanne’, quite rightly the recipient of many accolades:

A friend visited yesterday in a socially distanced way and commented on the number of bees on this ivy, itself a mass of flowers; I was pretty sure I had read recently about the ivy bee, the last bee of the year to emerge, feeding exclusively on the nectar of ivy flowers and not emerging till September or so. Although a solitary bee, nesting in in loose soil and favouring sparsely vegetated south-facing banks, nesting aggregations can be huge in suitable locations with thousands of nests. There were certainly hundreds of bees on the ivy that sunny morning, but none to be seen this cooler afternoon when I took the photograph:

Many roses here are floriferous again with their latest flush of blooms, but additional blooms on R ‘England’s Rose’ have been sparse, and the bed would probably have benefitted from additional watering; my feeding regime tailed off rather earlier than it could have done too. However, there are occasional blooms, and I was taken by the frilly edges of this one and the gradual fading of the pinkness towards the outer petals:

Finally, a pleasing and accidental combination of Agastache ‘Blue Boa’, Persicaria ‘Jo and Guido’ and that rogue range orange nasturtium. This is the first year an agastache has lived to see another season, and it took me by surprise when it started flowering.

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26 Responses to Six on Saturday: More than a Second Glance

  1. Chloris says:

    I love the rose ‘Tottering by Gently’, it was an impulse buy for me, I never can resist single flowers and yes, I agree this one is so endearing. I think Geranium ‘Rosanne’ is fabulous, it just goes on and on blooming.

  2. I love the single roses, too. Weird names also! Is that Algerian Ivy with all the bees and flowers? Blue Boa is aptly named and very prettty.

    • Cathy says:

      I have never heard of Algerian ivy before but having now looked it up I see that there are many named varieties of it available so it could be as I am pretty sure I planted named varieties here. Presumably the labels will still be there underneath all the leaves if I did!

  3. That Dahlia looks unique–they really do come in so many fascinating shapes and shades, don’t they? All the other blooms are beautiful, too!

  4. Add me to the single rose fan club – and I thought Tottering was a confused dogwood flower at first!

    • Cathy says:

      I need to make sure I nurture it as it is in the woodland edge border and the soil will be full of tree roots, although the oak tree and its shade have now gone

  5. tonytomeo says:

    I never heard of the ivy bee! I notice that ivy attracts flies. English ivy is a serious weed here. It climbs high into redwoods. That which climbs trees is easy enough to kill by cutting at the base, but then it lingers up on the tree trunks for decades!

  6. Noelle M says:

    Interesting item about Ivy bees. Another insect to go and read about. Hope you show or tell us about your new plants. Happy gardening.

    • Cathy says:

      A very pretty scabious, a floriferous veronica, Seseli gummiferum, Spotty Dotty and a fairly ordinary salvia – not a lot to show from them at the moment though

  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    A friend has given me some Bishop of Llandaff tubers, so I was pleased to see your photo. It looks a lovely red even if you weren’t quite satisfied with the colour yourself. I find red very hard to photograph successfully.
    Tottering is a funny name, but the rose is beautiful.

  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I had no idea there was such a thing as an Ivy Bee! I always seem to learn something new when reading gardening blogs.

  9. Heather F. says:

    Another fan of single roses here! Something about the subtlety of the shape is so appealing.

    • Cathy says:

      Now that I have this one I am beginning to see the attraction of single varieties – but it is too easy to fall for the big and blowsy ones!

  10. Heyjude says:

    That rose really does have the most appalling name for such a pretty flower! And I never knew about the Ivy Bee either though I do see loads of bees on those ivy flowers in the lanes around here.

    • Cathy says:

      The ivy bee has only been aound in the UK since the early 2000s, Jude, and disn’t emerge till September. The rose was named after a cartoon in Country Life, so I need to try and forgive it for that – or, better still, appreciate the quirkyness of it! 😁

  11. Arun Goyal says:

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  12. Pádraig says:

    I’m very late catching up on all my SOS reading this week. So, without further ado…
    The accidental arrangements can be the best, a chara. Your two with the added nasturtium surely is a lovely oh wow moment!
    I love dahlias. Now I’m wondering why so many varieties are Bishop of Somewhere?

    • Cathy says:

      I hope your otherwise busy week was a good one, Padraig! I certainly agree that accidental arrangements can be the best, so there is hope for those of us without a natural talent in garden design! Bishop of Llandaff was the first Bishop in the series, dating from the 1920s, and I think the rest were all his progeny. They are all single with strikingly dark foliage

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