Six on Saturday – Freckles, blushes and other floral markings


It feels like the kind of day that could do with a bit of energy injected into it by joining Jonathon’s Six on Saturday. There are rules of course, but they’re a breeze and it’s great fun to browse through the links to other Sixes to see what’s going on with similar-minded plant/garden obsessives.

Here are my six:

1) Orchids – One person’s off-casts, another’s treasure

My orchid collection is growing and it’s not really my fault. First off, I discovered that the ones sat by the till were being chucked out (well honestly, what would you have done?), then I was given some miniature orchids by my sister who works in turf (! I didn’t ask) and then a gardening friend handed me a plant that looked like canes, but was apparently an orchid, which didn’t ‘do’ in her house. Well, I went to water that last one this week and found it covered in flowers, white with a hint of blush at the edge. So I finally looked it up and now believe that I have a Dendrobium nobilis. Luckily, so far it seems to be as stoic as the moth orchids.


2) Hellebores – A good place for freckles

I have lots of seedling hellebores in the front garden, mostly they are in shades of pink, having crossed from plain parents. However, over the last couple of years I’ve tried to purchase a few more interesting varieties with speckles or double petals, so that I can do the floating flower bowl thing. It may take a couple more years though, because they are being a bit slow to bulk up. Happily, Hellebore ‘Harvington Speckled Yellow’ is looking pretty strong this year and absolutely beautiful.


Hellebore ‘Harvington Speckled Yellow’

3) Spider Amaryllis

This is a rather glorious Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’, one of the so-called Spider Group. Last year I tried ‘Sumatra’, which I loved, but that hasn’t restarted quite yet. More to look forward to though.


Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’

4) Ginger – Turns out to be ridiculously easy to grow from seed

Last year I had a fairly young Hedychium densiflorum in a terracotta pot behind the glasshouse and it managed to put up three or four flower spikes. When I decided to move the rhizomes into the garage for winter I discovered that it had set a few seeds. Nine to be precise. So I soaked them for 24hrs and placed them on damp tissue in a sealed bag in the airing cupboard. 48hrs later I could see signs of life, so I potted them up and put them on a windowsill (still inside a plastic bag). This is them 3 weeks later. Not bad!


Hedychium densiflorum seedlings

5) Arum’s marvellous marbling

It is cheering at this time of year to see any signs of new growth in the garden and one plant that is putting on an elegant show is Arum italicum subsp. italicum ‘Marmoratum’. The leaves can be used in flower arrangements, but perhaps best is to just use one leaf as a sheaf around a few single snowdrops for a stunning little posey.


Arum italicum subsp. italicum ‘Marmoratum’

6) Winter heliotrope – de trop?

This Winter heliotrope, Petasites fragrans, isn’t growing in my garden fortunately (it’s a bit of a thug), but is growing in a huge swathe under the hedge by the local bus stop. I love to pick a couple of flower spikes at this time of year to enjoy their scent. It is strong though and can be quite overwhelming, but who can resist the smell of cherry pie?


Winter heliotrope, Petasites fragrans

That’s all folks … Have a good weekend!

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14 Responses to Six on Saturday – Freckles, blushes and other floral markings

  1. I do like your speckled yellow hellebore – one for the wishlist!

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    That Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’ is stunning! Love it.

  3. You’ve got some great things going on there. I killed my dendrobium. It was in the greenhouse and I think it would have been happier in the house. Those gingers are a great success too. I’m keen on those amaryllis. I’ve seen a few pics of them pop up on twitter and they make my ordinary ones look ordinary.

    • Nothing ordinary about any of the amaryllis flowers I think! The intensity of the colours of the regular kind is breathtaking, but there is an elegance about spider branch that I like.

  4. fredgardener says:

    The flowers of your amaryllis are gigantic … !..and these stamens….
    I have also grown hedychiums from seeds and now as the plant has grown well , I planted it in the garden. Today it’s under a fleece and a thick carpet of leaves until spring

  5. Chloris says:

    A lovely speckled hellebore and I love you hippeastrum. I grew hedychium from seed they grow on very quickly. My orchid collection seems to keep growing, I don’t know where they all come from and as they are impossible to kill it eventually becomes a problem, I have run out of windowsills.

    • I can imagine that you ran out of windowsills yonks ago and I know that your greenhouses are heaving too! 😉 It gets even more difficult now that the seed sowing season is starting.

  6. Does your friend regret giving you that orchid now? It must be enjoying its new home.

  7. I thought your Hellobore was the same as mine at first glance but yours is on a yellow background, mine is white. I love the Arum but have mostly removed it from my garden as it spread around far too freely.

    • Yes, the arum as quite good at spreading itself if you leave the seeds to be enjoyed. I’ve just seen another couple of rather fantastic hellebores to covet: Harvington Double Limes and Helleborus × hybridus ‘Apricot Blush’ from the Winter Jewel series. V. nice I think!

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