Six on Saturday – A summer buzz


It’s a quick Six today, because there’s a ton of pricking out to be done … and it’s warm and sunny, so no time to be indoors typing. I am joining The Propagator for his prolific ‘Six on Saturday’ meme. Check out his blog to see this week’s highlights and then comments for posts from his enthusiastic Sixers.

Here are my six:

1 Peonies

I bought a lucky-dip pack of half a dozen peonies during the first lockdown last year to plant between the roses in their new bed. So now I am in the process of finding out which varieties I actually received. This is the first to open and looks like it might be Peony ‘Coral Charm’.


A charmer indeed. I love the bunched, nail-painted talons in the centre!

2 Irises

Irises are a new obsession for me, but their show is over all too briefly, so I am enjoying the fact that my selection of Cedric Morris irises are flowering in sequence and spreading the excitement.


This one is Iris ‘Benton Deidre’ and it is my favourite so far.

3 Geum  ‘Totally Tangerine’

The clump of three ‘Totally Tangerine’ geums that I put in last year have merged and are now a total showstopper.


I think I might try investing in a few others, now these are doing so well (previously they have had a tendency to disappear on me after one season)!

4 Clematis ‘Daniel Deronda’

This is the clematis that we chose to climb the damson tree stump left behind after last autumn’s destructive storms. Daniel has been putting on a lovely display and is starting to throw out new tendrils, which are threading their way upwards.  I’ll be tying them to the stump soon, to help them climb to the top.


5 White Camassias

Over the last 4 years I’ve planted a fair number of camassias (of various sorts) in the meadow area of the garden. None of the blue varieties have made it through more than a year, but the whites (Camassia leichtlinii ‘Alba’) are beginning to spread themselves around. Yay!


6 Echium pininana

The winter was pretty cruel to my forest of echiums. They survived snow and lasted well, until the long run of heavy, back-to-back frosts in March. What was left of the little ‘forest’ were all damage at their tips. That hasn’t stopped them flowering though. They may look as though they have been turned into topiary standards, but no matter how they look the bees are all over them.


Fortunately, I also tucked a few specimens under trees in the driveway border. This appears to have protected them sufficiently that they are now extending their dramatic flower spikes.


Hope you are having a great weekend!


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20 Responses to Six on Saturday – A summer buzz

  1. shoreacres says:

    What does the phrase “pricking out” mean? Is this it?

  2. Wow to the echiums, it’s good that these made it, and your photos of them are great. They are a real bee magnet, I hear.

    • Thank you. They are definitely bee magnets, just like viper’s bugloss. The bees seem to work their way up the spikes in an ever decreasing spiral and then drop and start again.

  3. fredgardener says:

    Superb iris ! I also like the echium of course… Mine didn’t survive the winter. I will have to start another sowing…

  4. That peony is stunning!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice six – LOVE the peony!

  6. Cathy says:

    Coral Charm is on my long-term wishlist, but I think it may be moved up a bit nearer the top now I see yours. I love it! I also love that Geum and have been trying to get my hands on some seed for ages… the new rules now Britain is no longer in the EU mean no seeds or plants can be exported here. It seems EU suppliers relied on the UK for a lot of their seed, so even plants are impossible to find!

    • That is interesting to hear about the EU and seeds, ‘cos I tend to think it all goes the other way … into Britain from Holland, Italy and France. These new peony hybrids have some great colours. I like the look of Callie’s Memory.

  7. Chloris says:

    I have Coral Charm in bud for the first time, what a beauty, I love these Itoh peoies. I am glad to find another Benton Iris fan. Geums disappear with me too, what magic trick did you do to get such a lovely display? And I impressed you managed to get echiums through the winter.

  8. The Iris is such a beauty. I just wish that they flowered over a longer period

  9. Pádraig says:

    Many years ago my neighbour had echiums and many seeded over to us. They are indeed a magnet for bees.
    Geum looks great. It’s on my get-list.

    • These giant echiums are great fun and I mainly grew them because they reminded me of when we live in the Canaries. However, I’ll probably go back to viper’s bugloss for the bees, which obviously take up less space and are a more certain thing.

  10. Marjorie says:

    Very beautiful 😍

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