Six on Saturday – 09/06/2018

Here is my first ever #SixOnSaturday I thought it was about time I tried this out. I’m pretty busy right now, my final RHS L3 exams are coming up in less than two weeks, there are loads of jobs to do in the garden and I’ve been away in France for work. This seems like the ideal way to keep blogging when life is particularly busy, so here goes.

For my first Six on Saturday I’ve taken a wander around the garden and snapped photographs of plants that make me happy right now.

1. Gunnera manicata

Kindly sent to me three years ago as a small cutting in a shoe box by Twitter pal @sianrobinson101 this is now something of a monster in a 130 litre pot and I love it!

2. Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

The Red Abyssinian Banana is tricky to overwinter & sadly I lost my other one this time around. I love the colour of the leaves and the amount of growth it puts on in a season is amazing.

3. Solanum pyracanthum

You may have seen me raving about these on Twitter. Grown from seed sown two months ago they are probably the most vicious looking plants that I have ever grown.

4. Dahlia imperialis

These survived the ‘Beast from the East’ and everything else that was thrown at them last winter without any protection. I am therefore especially happy to see them putting on a decent amount of growth. Last autumn they managed to produce flower buds but sadly these succumbed to frost before they could open.

5. Pelargonium Deerwood Lavender Lass

Bought from Fibrex Nurseries last year this seems to be hardier than most pellies again surviving the winter with less than adequate protection. I’m hoping to grow it on to a decent size as the flowers are just delightful.

6. Amorphophallus konjac

Those who know me, know that I love all things big and tropical. This is my first attempt at growing Amorphophallus so I thought I’d start small before working my way up to the Titan Arum!

Well that’s all for this week, I’m off to do some more revision.

9 comments Add yours
    1. Thanks. A word of caution, mine needs to be watered daily with a couple of large cans of water otherwise it wilts very quickly. I missed a day last year during hot weather and the leaf edges started to dry up which spoilt the look of the plant for the rest of the season.

  1. Really nice Six with plants I love too. I was just looking at my Gunnera that enjoys this hot and wet weather. Your ensete leaf is beautiful, darker than the Musa Helen’s hybrid I planted. Keep us posted about all these wonders.

  2. Love the look of that gunnera, I really must get one. The Amorphophallus looks really interesting too. Good luck with the revision and the exams!

    1. Thanks Jane! Space is always an issue and so is a lack of time. I spent the weekend revising when I really wanted to be out in the garden finishing off the raised bed and planting out my Canna. Brugmansia and a whole load more plants which for now are stuck in pots.


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