A drop of rain was as welcome as the flowers in May. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #mygarden 🌺🌞🌼

Wednesday gave us a small drop of rain to quench the thirsty plants and ground. I had buckets and bowls out to save as much as I could. I have also stopped using the dishwasher for a while and am saving all the grey water for the garden. Now, on to this week’s gardening six.

First photo goes to a stunning new-to-me Dahlia with the wonderful name of ‘Sunshine’. I planted up my dahlia’s a bit too soon and they enjoyed the warmth in my conservatory, hence some early flowering. Now to keep the slugs and snails away from them.

Second photo is of the Rock roses, the pink ones are now blooming, the earlier white ones can be seen in the background.

Third photo is of the Spiraea. Not a plant I knew the name of before this week. I saw it in a background shot on Granny’s blog post last week and remembered that I had one. When I checked, it was flowering.

Fourth photo goes to the Ox-eye daisy which is just coming into bloom. This is new to my garden this year.

Another new ‘wild plant’ is this Jacob’s Ladder. Both this and the Ox-eye are part of my wild plant project.

Last photo goes to another dahlia, one I can’t find the name of. I bought it last year in a collection from Sarah Raven, but I threw away all the details and can’t quite find a match on her website.

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

Rosie

Links:

  1. Emma http://thepinkshed.co.uk/
  2. Notes from the under-gardener.
  3. Welsh poppy success for Graeme.
  4. Colours are bursting in Ontario.
  5. Rhubarb and sparrows in Ireland.
  6. Celebrating 5 years of SOS with Mr P.
  7. Plug plant chat with Noelle.
  8. Adrian’s got a great display of Rhododendrons.
  9. Check out all the wonderful plants in Jim’s garden.
  10. It’s Autumn in Jane’s garden.

Pot Plants Are Flowering Well For #SixOnSaturday

I’ve been following The #SixOnSaturday hashtag on Twitter for a while and this week I was inspired to write my own blog post for it. I’m going to try and get the plant scientific names right, but please don’t judge me if I’m not perfect.

My first plant is a red Kalanchoe blossfeldiana also known as flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe and Madagascar widow’s-thrill. This one has been grown from a cutting which I was given back in June. A tropical, succulent they are a perennial flowering plant from the Crassulaceae family.

My second plant is a variegated Tradescantia fluminensis lilac. I bought this last August from a garden centre as a tiny specimen. It has enjoyed living with me and I have taken several cuttings, growing them on so that now I have four pots of these plants.

My third plant is an African Violet or Saintpaulia. This one is purple and grown from a cutting. I also have some pale pink ones. I have grown several cuttings which I have given away as living gifts to family and friends.

Fourth plant today is this Christmas Flowering Cactus or Schlumbergera. Other names are Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, crab cactus and holiday cactus. I was fascinated to learn that in Brazil, the genus is referred to as Flor de Maio (May flower), which reflects the season that it flowers in the southern hemisphere.

The fifth plant is this pretty Begonia Heracleifolia or star begonia which is just coming into flower. It is from the Begoniaceae family, and I have discovered that it is native to Mexico and northern Central America. This is another one that I have grown from a cutting which I took last summer.

My sixth flower for today took me outside to the Winter Flowering Jasmine or Jasminum nudiflorum, a plant which is native to China. This one shares space with a summer flowering variety.

Thank you for joining me for my very first #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.