🍃Nature’s Wonders. Second Chance Flowers For #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardeningLife

Sunshine and showers, foggy mornings, warm days and winds. We’ve been having a real mix of weather this week. Out in the garden plants are still flowering, with some putting in a second showing.

October 22nd

First photo goes to this lovely Laurentia which I proudly managed to photo in focus, this has powered through all summer. It is only a half hardy annual, which I would definitely grow again.


My second photo is a lovely ‘smiley’ Cosmos. Smiley because they make me smile rather than any particular variety.


My third photo is of a little cornflower which is still flowering. I do love this blue.


The soft leaved Mahona has more flowers now and the bumblebees are feeding from them.


Fifth photo is of the Hypericum Hidcote (St. John’s Wort) – well I think that’s what it is, it’s one of our inherited plants again, which I don’t know the name of. It had put on a great show until the drought got it and all the flowers seemed to drop overnight. But now it is flowering once more which is lovely to see.

Hypericum Hidcote

Finally, Cupressus ‘Goldcrest Wilma’ a new plant for me and one I was able to choose to review, although how you can review a live plant quickly, I don’t know😉 I said it was a little damaged by delivery, but that it was perking up and would make a good house plant.


Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening


October 22nd

32 thoughts on “🍃Nature’s Wonders. Second Chance Flowers For #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardeningLife

  1. How lovely cosmos always puts a smile on my face! That mahonia is very interesting, not something we can grow here. ❤

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  2. I’m astounded by the show my cosmos are still putting on. I had to remove all of the ones I planted in pots – they fared so badly in the heatwave but all the straggly seedlings I stuck in the borders have flourished. A lesson there for next year.

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    • I must introduce some different colours of Cosmos, this one came from Sarah Raven in a ‘red collection’ two years ago. Raising from the collected seed was hit and miss, so I threw out the unused seed scattering it across the flower bed late Spring, and I let nature take over.

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      • Did you get many plants from direct sowing? I find if I direct sow, the slugs and snails consume every seedling, but equally raising in trays or modules is quite patchy and saved seed either doesn’t germinate at all or gives me muddy colours. It’s one of the few annuals I find I must buy seeds of every year. There’s a lovely orange form but it’s not a Cosmos bipinnatus, it’s a different Cosmos species, and I’ve never yet succeeded in germinating a single plant! I’ve never tried the chocolate one either, have you?

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    • Thank you, Cornflowers are one of those ‘cottage garden’ types for me, although I suppose it is more a field flower. I haven’t grown them for a few years, but I am glad that I did this year.

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