Six on Saturday – Pretty little things


Temperatures have dropped dramatically since yesterday I am pleased to say. (I start to droop, along with the plants, when the mercury reaches 25°C.)  This morning it’s possible to work, so I’ve finished planting out the climbing beans, so that’s Borlotti, flat green and purple-podded added to the runners and blue-and-white heirloom beans growing up bamboo wigwams. Yes, you guessed it … we like beans! There something magical about watching them find their supports and steadily twine round them, growing noticeably higher and more secure each day.

Now it’s drizzling, so I’ve come in to post for #SixOnSaturday, a snowballing, monster of a meme, hosted and managed by Jonathon @ thepropagatorblog.

Here, then, are my six gardening things:

1) Trachelium caeruleum ‘Black Knight’

I bought the seed from Special Plants last year and while they were billed as ‘a tender perennial usually grown as annual’, they didn’t get big enough to flower last year after all. They were therefore overwintered in the greenhouse and are finally doing their stuff now. I find myself quite entranced by their delicate sprays of rich purple flowers and long, white-tipped stigmas held above dark, almost black, leaves. They are also supposed scented, but I’ve not smelled anything yet.


Trachelium caeruleum ‘Black Knight’ against stachys byzantina.

2) Poppy ‘Amazing Grey’

I am very pleased that this variety seeded around after trialling them last year. They are still eye-catchingly gorgeous, but I am trying to decide whether they are more pink this time round. Possibly? But there were plenty of dusky pink and slate tones in the originals anyway.


Papaver rhoeas ‘Amazing Grey’

3) Tayberries

The weather seems to have suited fruit formation for our Tayberries this year. We’ve had our best ever crop. Usually there are enough to be able to pick a daily handful for cereal or yoghurt, but yesterday I gathered enough to do something more major with them. I am thinking … ice cream 😋 .


4) Water Iris

When I bought this iris, I was hoping for a colour other than purple. It was labelled as an American water iris and the photos above their watery holding bay showed a variety of shades, so, with fingers-crossed, I bought one. As you can see, it was not to be, but I like it anyway and it is quite different from the others in the pond. I think that it might be Iris Louisiana ‘Black Gamecock’.


Iris Louisiana ‘Black Gamecock’?

5) Rose ‘Queen of Sweden’

Our ‘new’ rose bed is already in it’s fourth year (how time flies!) and the David Austin roses in it are looking stronger now and are, happily, more able to hold their heavy blooms up. ‘Queen of Sweden’ though has always been a strong healthy plant, well able to support its petal-packed flowers right from the start. That may be because the flowers are just that bit smaller than our other choices. This is possibly my favourite in the bed. It repeat-flowers reliably right through till the autumn and has a lovely fragrance (apparently of myrrh, but having never smelled myrrh, I can’t confirm this).


Rosa ‘Queen of Sweden’ is repeat-flowering, scented shrub rose bred by David Austin

6) Daylilies

I have a couple of patches of these day lilies. They were acquired at the pack-up stage of a long ago school fate, so I have no idea what kind they are, but they cheer me up every year with their large hot orange blooms. Since discovering that day lilies are edible, I often wonder what they would taste like. I just can’t bring myself to snap one of the flower off to try. Have you ?


Orange daylilies (Hemerocallis)

That’s six. It’s hard to choose at this time of year, but that’s part of the fun!

Have a great weekend! It’s Father’s Day tomorrow and we are off to see our grand daughter and family, so that’s going to be lovely. I’m taking surplus tomato and chilli plants down to gift my son, so that’s half a dozen fewer pots to water 🤣.


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19 Responses to Six on Saturday – Pretty little things

  1. Wow! That poppy! Stunning

  2. fredgardener says:

    Very pretty poppy! I have one that looks a bit like but wine red colour. It’s a new variety that I sowed in the spring and the flowers are starting to come.
    Otherwise, I don’t know if I’ve already said it to you, but the tayberries are very interesting. I should plant a few around here. Do blackbirds love them?

    • Your Pandora poppies are lovely! I grew them a couple of years back, so there are some in my mix still. The tayberries are delicious, but, yes, the blackbirds love them (although they’ve moved on to all the currants and gooseberries now 🤣)

  3. Cathy says:

    I couldn’t get my Amazing Grey to germinate.. 🙄 Did you have problems when you first sowed them? I always admire Queen of Sweden when I see her on other people’s blogs, and perhaps one day I will find room for her here too!. I know I tried a day lily flower once, for experimental purposes, and it was surprisingly tasty – but there’s still getting over the psychological block of eating blooms!

    • Well, you are not alone in your Amazing Grey experience. Other people seem to have had the same problem and I remember that I needed two packets before they started to come up (ie no sign of the first packet coming up triggered the second purchase). Oh, interesting to hear about your experience of daylily tasting, but I agree about the mental barrier. I am quite prepared to eat courgette flowers though! 🤷‍♀️

      • Cathy says:

        That’s interesting (and reassuring!) to read that it’s not just me – not sure if I will keep trying though! I am certainly giving up on Rudbeckia Sahara which I gave trued numerous times with no success…

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Another stunning six this week, Allison. Love that poppy! Enjoy your family day trip!

  5. shoreacres says:

    Is there some sort of Swedish heritage to the Queen of Sweden rose? I’m half Swedish, so that intrigued me. And Tayberries are brand new to me; I’ve never heard of them. They look like they might taste like raspberries, but that could be entirely wrong.

  6. Pauline says:

    I have tay berry envy, yours look so delicious! I have lots of day lilies, thank goodness they seemed to like standing in flood water all winter, but no, I haven’t tried eating them, I prefer to see them in the garden!

  7. Rosie Amber says:

    I’ve not seen Tayberries in a while, my mum used to grow them. That poppy is an unusual colour.

  8. Cathy says:

    I saw that poppy on your blog last year I think, and have tried growing it from seed, but it didn’t germinate… I rather like the slight pink hue. Tayberries look like large raspberries. Do they taste the same? We have had a welcome glut of strawberries and I made ice cream and flan, but I have frozen loads for making jam when the weather cools down… I have read it makes no difference to the quality or flavour… Enjoyed your six again this week. 😃

    • I’ve been freezing soft fruit too, to give me time to catch up in deal with it. I get to impression that Amazing Grey is a bit temperamental from feedback and my own experience. Happily it has come back though so hopefully I’m set for a few years now ;). Tayberries are more on the spectrum towards blackberries.

  9. Tina says:

    They are, indeed, pretty little things, all. I wasn’t familiar with tayberries, but read about them. No only are they gorgeous, they sound delish! When will the ice cream be ready?

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