Six on Saturday: Late May

The garden is late in every sense this year. This time last year roses were blooming and everything was parched. This year the plants are happy with their wet feet but many are only just coming into flower.

My gardening season has been delayed as well but now we have a warm sunny bank holiday weekend forecast it is suddenly a delight to be outdoors again.

Our marvellous host The Propagator invites us to share six things from our garden each Saturday. I have been a bit patchy of late but it’s great to be joining in again today.

1. Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’

It’s here! The famous Totally Tangerine, the Geum everyone raves about. I planted a couple a few years ago now and they never disappoint.

2. Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’

I featured my latest purchase last time but couldn’t resist popping it in again a) to show the colour contrast with Totally Tangerine and b) because the blooms have been impressively prolific.

3. Alliums

These are one of the plants that have been slow to bloom but now they are about to get going. A few days of sunshine should see these babies pop into purple balls of loveliness.

4. Cranesbill

We have plenty of this common garden geranium but last year it shrivelled up in the dry weather. This year it has grown to twice the height and is an alarmingly healthy shade of green, but the flowers are only just beginning to appear.

5. Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’

I first saw this persicaria in the pot display by the front porch at Great Dixter and fell in love with its distinctively patterned heart-shaped foliage.

6. Ballerina tulips in urn

I planted these tulips from Peter Nyssen really late and they have done the best of all the bulbs I planted probably because they benefited the most from the wet spring.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Paddy Tobin says:

    The geums and potentillas are such generous plants with a very long period of flowering.

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  2. Noelle M says:

    That persicaria is a dream, a wonderful leafy thing to draw one’s eye for sure.

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  3. Lovely geum and tulips


  4. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, nowI am impressed with Mrs. Bradshaw geum also. I never payed much attention to geum, perhaps because I had not seen it in many years. Someone planted some here, and now, it suddenly seems to be popular elsewhere also.

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  5. Totally Tangerine is such a fetching Geum. I’ve got Mrs Bradshaw, I like her colour but mine’s not blooming quite as prolifically as yours – maybe because mine is still a young plant bought last year. The Periscaria foliage is striking, I wouldn’t mind getting hold of some, does it need full sun or can it handle some shade? Enjoy your long gardening weekend!

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  6. Lots of lovely colours. I acquired my first Totally Tangerine last year and wondered why it took me long to fall for its charms.

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  7. fredgardener says:

    I can see that you have things that I have here in my garden too, at the same stage (except for the late alliums here) and everything is working out well! Geums ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ are truly amazing this year: very vigorous and very flowery, aren’t they? !

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  8. Roguegarden says:

    I love, “an alarmingly healthy shade of green.” The geum totally tangerine is luminous. It loves up to its reputation.

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  9. Lovely colours again this week. That ceanothus in your neighbour’s garden makes a lovely backdrop to the alliums.

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  10. Loving the Geum and Alliums, do you like Persicaria better than Coleus (Plectranthus) or does the P. last longer?

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    I bought two new Geum plants this spring as well and love them (TT and MaiTai). Thanks for IDing the Persicaria, I had seen one on another blog just yesterday and wondered what it was. Must look for that one, it is marvelous.

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  12. Cathy says:

    Totally Tangerine really is lovely. I haven’t managed to track down a plant or even seed yet, but have not given up! I also love that Persicaria foliage… gorgeous!


  13. Pádraig says:

    Tulips still in flower! That’s magic. I do like the Totally Tangerine. Another one to be added to my lengthening list. Happy hardening, a chara. My Alliums are nearly spent, but lovely they were.

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