Six on Saturday

Thank you to The Propagator for his support and sterling leadership in organising Six on Saturday and for everyone’s feedback, comments and likes.  As the weeks go by there are now fewer anguished cries and therefore more posts to come.

Here’s my six.


IMG_1377Cotoneaster horizontalis.  This grows in my front garden and many more suburban gardens of a certain era.  It’s not top of my list during the summer but in autumn when the berries come to the fore it is vibrant with colour and borders on the irresistible.


The hydrangeas have also moved to autumn colours, their white and blush pink flowers shading to deeper reds and speckled pinks.  Their role as punctuation marks in the borders continue to have impact.


IMG_1359Back to the front garden.  The black berries and turning leaf colour on this shrub are beautiful indicators of falling temperatures and the  ‘chill in the air’ feeling that comes with this time of year.  I think this is a viburnum but any help with identification is most appreciated.


IMG_1352In a sunnier corner, summer digs in her heels. Osteospermum opens up its petals to soak up some warmth.


IMG_1371Summer annuals are also being resilient.  This zinnia ‘lilac rose’ starts out a strong pink and fades gracefully with age.  Deadheading is easy and new buds are plentiful. It should keep going until the first frosts.  Threading through is geranium ‘brookside’.


IMG_1380Water droplets glisten on Euphorbia characias wulfenii. For me a reminder that spring is on its way.  It was planted in the new border last autumn and so this spring will be its first flowering year.  I am looking forward to seeing its lime green flowering stems and to see if I managed to give it enough space to spread out unhindered.

That’s my Six on Saturday. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting. Read his blog posts and Six on Saturday The Propagator my plant obsession

5 thoughts on “Six on Saturday

  1. Splendid cotoneaster berry display you have. Blackbirds (etc.) you clearly don’t have! Pyracantha and cotoneaster are stripped of berries here on a daily (i.e. about sunrise) basis. They’re about to give up. Then the malus will get it. And my car will get the by-products!

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    • Interesting about the blackbirds. This is second autumn in the house and I hardly ever see a blackbird although there are plenty of other birds around. I’ll keep an eye on the cotoneaster berries and see how long they last.


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