Six on Saturday, Half of Them Pink

During the week I often come across something in the garden that could be featured on Six on Saturday, but then forget it by the time Saturday comes around and find myself scrabbling for contributions. Some of those featured this week were certainly previous contenders and more than likely there are others that have been overlooked.

Let’s start with the pinks, noted when I was admiring some late blooms on the gloriously fragrant (and dazzling) Choisya ‘White Dazzler’ (above). Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ (below) towers above the choisya and is currently sporting the first of its blooms, also fragrant, which will pepper the plant from now until spring:

At the base of these is a pot of Busy Lizzies, planted from a mixed batch but all very much pink in this particular pot. What good do-ers these are, shrugging off every weather condition they face until finally felled by frost. Close by is Rosa ‘Olivia Rose Austin’, proving to be an exceedingly healthy rose and, like a handful of other roses, still producing sporadic blooms.

Down in the working greenhouse, the Winter Sunshine sweet peas were sown about a fortnight ago and are looking good, with almost 100% germination. Owls Acre from where they were purchased is crafty and doesn’t sell mixed packs, so I bought 7 packets of 10 seeds and sowed half of each packet, 35 seeds in total, leaving the other half for next year. They will be planted out in the greenhouse border in December or January, depending on their progress.

Finally, we have Mock-Up version 2, as I try to decide on a sculpture for the ex-snowdrop border. The sculpture is a similar shape to last week’s alternative, but chunkier – and the actual thing is less than half the price! I suspect the quality may not be as good, but the overall effect will be similar and this is what I have decided to go with – perhaps you will see the real stainless steel version next week!

We have a new host for Six on Saturday – Jim of Garden Ruminations. Please offer him a friendly welcome by popping over to his blog too and leaving a comment.

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26 Responses to Six on Saturday, Half of Them Pink

  1. Heyjude says:

    I have been looking at garden sculptures this week, for my Christmas present and pretty much decided on some rain catchers to plant among the grasses. Cute and practical if the birds use them to drink from and I suppose I could always pop some bird seed in one.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s knowing where to look sometimes, and sorting out the tat from the more artistic. Mine will nominally be a big birthday present!

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    I haven’t heard of winter sweet peas. So are they frost hardy?

    • Cathy says:

      No, the variety is called ‘Winter Sunshine’, and they are bred to grow at low light levels but need to be grown under cover in the UK. They will flower from early April until I take them out to make space for my tomatoes (by which time it is far too warm for them anyway). I have found them really reliable and a great way of extending the season – and amazing people by giving them posies of sweet peas so early on!! 🤣

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Choisya does not do well for us, which is odd, since it is supposedly a stereotypically Western plant. I mean, it is supposed to be popular here, and had been popular in the old Eichler landscapes. Modern cultivars were available in nurseries not too long ago, but did not stay available for long. We should have gotten a few while they were there, and we probably could still find them. I am not so enthusiastic about them since they are modern cultivars, but my colleague here is. It would be excellent if they performed better than the formerly common sort.

    • Cathy says:

      I had to Google ‘Eichler landscape’ Tony – what an interesting concept, and presumably very much of its time and place? I think White Dazzler is a fairly new variety

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, I believe that ‘White Dazzler’ is a modern cultivar. I just happen to like it because it resembles the old classic sort, with denser form. We might get a cultivar that is variegated with yellow at work. I am not at all keen on the color, but the unusually dense form is appealing, and the variegation brightens the rest of the dark green foliage in the area. I must consider how it looks to everyone else within the public landscape. I am concerned that the old sort is not happy here, and that I can not figure out why.
        Eichler homes really are ‘distinct’. They are not for everyone, but some people really like them. I am impressed by those that are restored and even painted with colors that were trendy at the time. They do not remodel well though. People who do not appreciate them can really ruin them by trying to ‘update’ them.

  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I have a lot of pink in my garden too, by accident really, as I rarely plan for colour. Perhaps I should, more often. Your new sculpture is going to look wonderful, I think.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s certainly coincidence that there are more pink blooms in flower at the moment here than other colours – although I do have vaguely themed borders

  5. Exciting times in your garden and your greenhouse! The garden pinks are lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, tere a a lot of rooted cuttings in the greenhouse and quite a few trays of hardy annual seedlings – only the second time I have made a bit of an effort with the latter

  6. Noelle says:

    A mock up of a sculpture, what a great idea to plan for just the right height etc. Looking forward to viewing the final choice.

    • Cathy says:

      I find it really helps for things like this, pergolas too – and we have also done it on a much larger scale with the sitooterie, which put the idea and design into perspective and triggered some changes too

  7. Cathy says:

    I look forward to seeing the new sculpture. Did you find it online? Your sweet peas are doing well. Do you ever get frost in the greenhouse? Or do you heat it?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I googled ‘stainless steel scuplture’, but sometimes the little pictures and website details that also come up can be helpful as sculpture means different things to different people…

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry and yes, I do heat the greenhouse, nominally keeping it just above freezing but in practice to 5 or 6 degrees – I am going to keep the heater (electric) thermostat lower this year though, because of fuel prices. Mind you, our electricity bill is a fraction of our gas bill, so it’s not such an issue and admittedly plants are one of my priorities anyway, so the cost is justified. The Coop will be heated to at least 6 degrees because some plants need that, but because it is a lean-to and attached to the house it doesn’t get as cold

  8. ‘Olivia Rose Austin’ looks most pretty indeed Cathy. Looking forward to seeing the chosen sculpture in situ. You’re certainly keeping the Golfer well occupied and out of mischief 😀

    • Cathy says:

      Olivia RA gives the impression of being a particularly healthy rose – or perhaps it’s just in a good position! The website said the sculpture was in stock (the other one I was looking at was made to order, so rather more exclusive as well as more expensive!) so hopefully it won’t be a long wait. I try to suggest small jobs for the Golfer to keep him motivated withut too much pressure…

  9. karen says:

    It’s good to know which roses are healthy and that Olivia Rose Austin looks a good one. I don’t use any sprays here, so have to choose plants which are robust. Your sweet peas are doing well… which reminds me to order some winter ones today!!! Im behind with everything this autumn. My ordinary ones are three inches tall and doing well. I’m looking forward to seeing your sculpture. Your garden is full of interesting focal points. Mum still asks about you and sends her best wishes. Have a great week. Karen

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