Six on Saturday: Bringing Pleasure

Just a quick Six on Saturday today, featuring some of the many things that are bringing me pleasure in the garden, some new additions and some stalwarts, starting with one of three streptocarpus added to the Coop this year, the one above being S Harlequin Lace.

Foliage from various Allium hollandicum died down really early this year, or was hidden but other plants, but the seedheads seemed to disappear unusually early too, unlike these slightly larger and later Allium ‘Miami’ whose seedheads are still standing firm and providing structure within many of the borders:

Echinops are real bee magnets and the white Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’  has been the first to colour up, bringing instant visitors:

I have tried to add herbaceous sprawling clematis to many of the borders, providing small obelisks for initial support. This one is C ‘Alionushka’, with pretty bell-shaped blooms:

A new addition to my dahlia bed this year is ‘Blue Bayou’, a lavender-pink collarette dahlia with a large and distinctive central boss. Most of the blooms have been better than this example, which is a little misshapen:

Finally, one of my many persicaria, this one P ‘Pink Elephant’, a fairly short variety with distinctively twisting stems in a pretty pink which I am sure will appear in a vase sometime soon.

Jon the Propagator who hosts this meme is away from home today, but is posting his six from afar so you can still visit his blog and check them out, along with those of other bloggers around the world.



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15 Responses to Six on Saturday: Bringing Pleasure

  1. Pauline says:

    Lovely selection especially your Clematis Alionushka, such a pretty colour.

    • Cathy says:

      I start these clematis on small obelisks now, which gets them going with a little bit of height before they start sprawling – they seem to work better for me that way

  2. Kris P says:

    I love the Streptocarpus! I managed to kill two this year even in my shade house.

    • Cathy says:

      I bought 3 this year from a specialist nursery. They came as tiny plugs but are doing well and filling their current pots and have been in flower for some time. I might need to bring them into the house over winter as the Coop is only kept frost free and this might not be enough

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, I have not seen a Streptocarpus in many years. My colleague down south grew them prior to 1990, but gave all but a few away when he relocated. He probably still has a few descendants of those originals, but I never asked.

  4. Noelle M says:

    That is a delightful Streptocarpus, and with the next post showing you very smart and tidy coop, it must offer a staring role at the moment.

    • Cathy says:

      There are 3 different streptocarpus, bought on impulse from one of my usual bulb catalogues and I am pleased with them so far. It is a slow process deciding what might grow well in the Coop and even these might need to come into the house over the winter

  5. Very pretty assortment. I particularly like the pink dahlia and the clematis. I love echinops but don’t have a white one. I’ll have to address that!

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