Six on Saturday – A New Experience (4th May 2019)


Blogging is a whole new world to me but gardening has been a lifelong passion so I have combined the two for my first ever blog post for ‘Six on Saturday’. Many of your blogs have been inspirational to me so I hope that you will find some of my photos and information of interest.

White Tulip 'Mondial'

1.Tulip ‘Mondial’: These tulips with large peony-like flowers produced by Taylors Bulbs have been blooming for several weeks now and are very impressive. It is a thumbs up from me!

Alpine pot
Alpine Pot

2. DIY Alpine Pot: Pre-planted Alpine pots were an eyebrow raising price at the local garden centre so I created my own with a Saxifrage Pixie, a Hebe ‘Red Edge’ and Sempervivum at a fraction of the cost. Once these plants have become well established I will split them to make some more free plants!


3. Dahlias: I have not grown dahlias for some years but as a pack of three were only £1.39 from Aldi earlier in the year it would be rude not to give these Cactus Dahlia Cotton Candy Mix a go. The flower images on the packet were fairly psychedelic so may not coordinate well with the rest of the garden but will definitely add a bright splash of colour in the summer.

Agapanthus seedlings

4. Agapanthus ‘White Umbrella’: This year I decided to spice things things up and grow some different plants to normal from seed. These Agapanthus praecox ssp orientalis (name on the packet not me) were planted early March and took six weeks to start germinating. The seedlings cannot be transplanted to pots until the second year and then may be moved to the garden or containers in the third year after the last frost. Patience is definitely a virtue here! This whole process is about as exciting as waiting for paint to dry so my advice is just buy the plants.

Climbing rose
Climbing Rose

5. Climbing rose ‘Bright Ideas’: Be warned this rose has strange powers of seduction! I had only popped into the garden centre for a packet of seeds and some plant feed but came out with this climbing rose from Peter Beales growers in Norfolk. This fragrant rose has fully double, cerise pink and cream blooms with glossy foliage. Looking forward to seeing the flowers.


6. Alstroemeria: Okay so after the rose incident above I was determined to strengthened my resolve but no while out shopping in a hardware and gardening store later in the week I spotted this beautiful colourful flower………. Fail is such a harsh word so I prefer to use phrases like ‘could do better’ or ‘room for improvement’!

These plants are unable to withstand frost so I have repotted this one in a terracotta pot to stand on the patio so this may easily be moved inside when the weather becomes colder.

If you have made it to this point then thank you for sticking with me.

Six on Saturday was created by The Propagator. He seems like an around good bloke and you are able to follow him on his blog at The Propagator and on Twitter @cavershamjj His blog gives guidance on how to join in on a Saturday and if I am able to do it then trust me anyone can.

I look forward to reading about all your gardening adventures!