In the pleasant month of May. Pictures from my Hampshire garden. #SixonSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 👒🌺🌼

Cool dry days, a sprinkle of rain and the promise of a warm weekend. That sums up my week.

Photo one is a plea for plant identity. This plant we inherited with the garden. It grows profusely in long branches with single leaves along each branch. The small flowers are pink with a fluffy texture, but I don’t know it’s name. Below are two photos of this plant, one has some recent frost damage to the leaves. Any thoughts on a name would be welcome

Photo two is of the tiny flowers on my variegated Tradiscantia.

The third photo goes to my swarm box. My dad keeps bees and if we get a swarm I shall have my own bee hive. The swarm box has some frames with wax in and I have instructions that if I spot a swarm in a nearby tree, I have to get the open box perched as close to the swarm, offering them a fully furnished empty residence which is immediately available for them to move into. No paperwork needed!🤔 My preferred method would be that a passing scout bee spots my empty box and gives the rest of the swarm the heads up and I don’t have to do anything.🐝

Next photo is of the variegated Weigela which is coming into flower.

Fifth photo is the Aquilegia or Columbines which are just starting to flower. Most of mine have naturalised to the purple variety.

Final photo is for the first flowers on my Marigold seedlings which I saved from last summer.

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening



  1. Mr P’s post for you to add you links to if you are joining in with this.
  2. In Ireland Pádraig’s got some chemical free tips on weeds for you.(Just mind your toes!)
  3. The Undergardener has a tip for growing Lily-of-the-Valley.
  4. The Rogue gardener has been having rain that some of us are craving for our gardens.
  5. Graeme has a lovely candy stripe Phlox.
  6. Tony is talking about plants that naturalise.
  7. Noelle is saving her grey water for the garden. I do this too.
  8. Off The Hedge gardening has some great flowers this week.
  9. On a side idea, Eileen is talking about May 12th’s Mass Observation project.
  10. Lots to report back on from Waddesdon Manor.

36 thoughts on “In the pleasant month of May. Pictures from my Hampshire garden. #SixonSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 👒🌺🌼

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  2. I love the tradescantia flowers. I don’t remember any of mine doing that. Sorry I don’t recognise your pink plant but it does look a little like honeysuckle to me. Could there be a pink version? Harriet

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    • Thank you. I am also trying to plant lots of wild flowers to encourage all the other bee populations into my garden. Bumblebees and solitary bees can be overlooked in ‘save the bee’ campaigns.

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      • Wild blackberries are big hit with the bees around here. If you know what Privets are? They are also pretty popular and, oh my goodness, do they smell heavenly.
        Best of luck!

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    • Now that’s a good suggestion, I have looked up images and the leaf pattern certainly is the same and there’s a variety called pink cloud which looks very similar. Please thank your husband, Harriet.


  3. I had no idea it was possible to attract a swarm of honeybees in this way. I look forward to hearing about your new residents soon. I am developing a fondness for aquilegia, which looks so at home in the woodland area of the garden. Our native aquilegia is orange and yellow – like a little Chinese lantern.

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  4. We have a beehive in the back of our garden. It’s been there for about 5 years. We thought the bees had abandoned the hive a couple of years ago, but they are back and making honey again this year. I hope you find a swarm and are able to get the bees to make you some honey!

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  5. I love the idea of a bee house in waiting! 🐝 They will be lucky to have a home in your beautiful garden. 💕🌸🌼

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