🌷Lots Of Pink And Purple Flowers In My English Country Garden Today. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers 🌺🌼

Welcome to another gardening week from my Hampshire garden. This week temperatures have risen to the mid twenties; any rain we had has long gone and it’s rather dry in the garden once more. Yet there are still plenty of plants flowering.

Six Flowers for July 30th
Six flowers for July 30th

Photo one is of this pretty Fuschia which has come back into bloom after the initial first flush. It was a gift for my husband who likes fuschias, not sure of the name, the label has gone.

Own photo of a pink Fuschia
Pink Fuschia

The second photo is of the Himalayan Honeysuckle. I like the pink, purples and the dark berries that it produces. They always make me think of dangling ear-rings.

Own photo of Himalayan Honeysuckle
Himalayan Honeysuckle

Third photo goes to these Penstemon, grown from seed and now dotted around the garden.

Own photo of Penstemon and Marigolds
Penstemon And Marigolds

Fourth photo is of a Corncockle (I think) from the pack of wild flower seeds that I have grown. There were 26 varieties of wild seed in my pack, but I don’t think the germination rate was very good. If it is a Corncockle then other names for it are: cat’s eyes and kiss-me-quick, corn pink, crown of the field, little and pretty, poppy and Robin Hood.

Own photo of a corncockle wild flower
Wild Flower – Corncockle

Fifth photo goes to these French Marigolds, grown from saved seeds. Last autumn I gathered lots of Marigold seeds and I added them to Christmas cards as a ‘living gift’. They germinate really easily and make a bright show. I plant them in the greenhouse and among the vegetables to deter pets. Not convinced it works!

Own photo of French Marigolds
French Marigolds

Finally a Gladioli, the first one from mixed bulbs planted this year. In fact there should be a whole host of summer bulbs, but it looks like only the glads have come through. Maybe the dry summer hasn’t helped?

Own photo of a purple Gladioli
Purple Gladioli

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

Six Flowers for July 30th
Six flowers for July 30th

Links:

  1. Mr P’s away this week but you can still find everyone’s links on his post.
  2. Thistles and Kiwis has rain in their NZ garden.
  3. Sel’s been harvesting fruit and veg and thinking about drought tolerant plants.
  4. Lovely Agapanthus in Graeme’s garden.
  5. Fred has a tip on how to keep the garden pond cool during the heatwave.
  6. Pretty Lily for the Quilted Gardener.
  7. Lovely Japanese grass in Noelle’s garden.

😎Summer Time From My English Country Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #Gardenflowers🌼

The second week in June and the evenings are still quite chilly. But the flowers are blooming and the bees are humming. Let’s get straight on with Six On Saturday.

Photo of Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday
Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday

Photo one is of these gorgeous deep mauve (Or blue, or purple ) Anemones. My mixed pack are now really flowering well. I just need to keep the pigeons from dead-heading them, they especially like the red ones.

Two purple Anemone from my garden
Purple Anemone

Photo two is of the frothy Hawthorn flowers from a tiny bush in the front garden. I tried to take a close-up of the tiny flowers. They look all spotty this close up.

Photo of Hawthorne from my garden
Hawthorn

Next up is what I think is a Viburnum, although I’m not too sure. I’ve looked it up against the flowers and it is my best guess. I am guilty of chopping this back in other years thinking it was a self-seeder, which it might still be as it’s so close to a Cyprus that they vie for space.

Viburnum

Fourth photo is of the delicate pink tea rose which I split last year and overwintered in a pot with violas. Originally the rose was given as a house-warming pot plant three years ago and I have kept it alive. Both now are beginning to put on a good display with the violas coming back into flower after a feed..

Photo of a pink tea rose and violas in my garden
Pink Tea Rose and Violas

Fifth photo is of another plant that I am guessing the variety of – I think this is a Chinese Privet. It hosts one of the Honeysuckles and both are now in flower.

Photo of Chinese Privet from my garden
Chinese Privet

Lastly the delicate blue flowers of the Borage, one of my wild plants that I’ve grown from seed for the pollinators. The flowers look almost bird-like with the centre seeming as if it is the head and beak of the flying bird.

Borage grown from seed from my garden
Borage

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

Photo of Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday
Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday

Links:

  1. Graeme’s plot has lots to see.
  2. Meme linky on founder Mr P’s post.
  3. Green gardener has been to the garden centre.
  4. Noelle’s offering Cyclamen seed to s few Uk gardeners.
  5. Sel’s diagnosing plant pests.
  6. Tony has a superb Whale’s Tongue Agave.
  7. Lots happening in Chris’ Ontario garden.
  8. News from the allotment on My Secret Garden’s blog.
  9. I always enjoys visiting Fred’s garden. Check out his Kumquats!

If You Need Me, I’ll Be In The Garden! #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

This week has seen fluctuating temperatures in my Hampshire garden with morning frosts one day followed by a +10 degree difference the next morning. The birds are singing, the buds are…well budding and I’ve had itchy fingers to get planting.

First photo is about my gardening learning curve. Much of my gardening is experimental because I don’t know a lot yet. Last August I took a gamble on some Brussel Sprout plug plants when wondering through the garden centre. I nurtured them on a windowsill as they looked a bit delicate, then planted them out in September, I think. My farming relatives came to visit and shook their heads at my small plants, predicting that they would never produce any sprouts. Well this week I spotted tiny sprouts on the plants which made me very excited. You get to see them too!

Second photo is my Wiggly Wigglers composter. I rotate two buckets for non-meat kitchen scraps which I layer with Bokashi Active Bran. A mixture of microscopic bacteria, yeasts and fungi that work together to speed-up composting. I have been using this system for years, the liquid it produces is a concentrated plant feed, while the vegetable mix gets dug into my kitchen garden.

Photo three is my first set of potatoes set to chit. This year I am trying King Edwards, I do struggle to find a versatile potato which all the family like. I will sow some into felt potato grow bags and some into the veg patch. Last year in my experiment stage, I used supermarket potatoes which chitted while in my cupboard. I don’t know what variety any of them were, but they still gave me some potatoes.

Photo four goes to Red Campion (split into three after buying) and an Ox-Eye Daisy, bought at the garden centre in the ‘wild plant’ section. I like the idea of introducing more wild plant varieties which the pollinators will enjoy to my plot. They are in the new cold frame at the moment.

Picture five shows a couple of the mini propagators filled with Laurentia, a free pack of seeds from the front of my gardening magazine. I have them sat on bubble wrap and they are on the windowsill. I have a heat mat on my wish list to help start off other seedlings.

Final photo is of my Anemone corms. I read an article last evening which suggested soaking them overnight to soften the corms, then planting them in pots to get them going early before planting out after the frosts. So soaked they are! It’s all an experiment😉

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