Six on Saturday – May 26, 2018

Here are my Six on Saturday. Lots to choose from in the garden this week so decisions were difficult. The rains have made for lush gardens, however, every single helicopter off my silver maples has germinated in my flower and vegetable beds.   –Imagine silent screaming–   We’re having two dry days so most of the lawn got mowed yesterday and today. We’re still mowing around some standing water spots. I put my tall rubber boots on to go out with my iphone camera.

Tomatoes have been planted in raised beds and have doubled in size. Some have blooms. We are eating lettuce, arugula, kale and should have the first radishes next week. My bean seed germination has been spotty perhaps because I was using old seeds.

Here are the things I chose for today’s post.

  1. Another lovely, but nameless, azalea.


2. One of the William Peter hostas is huge.  I like the combination of textures with the fern. No slug damage to the hostas thus far. Perhaps ringing them with wood ash from the fireplace (suggested by Fred in France) is working.


3. This is a climbing yellow jasmine (Carolina Yellow Jessamine – Gelsemium sempervirens). I put it in a pot because I didn’t know where it was going to go. When I figured that out and tried to dig the hole, I hit yellow clay that could have been put directly on a potter’s wheel. Every day I’ve gone out to see if there is still standing water in the hole. Today I was able to make a little progress with getting the hole the right size, but rain is expected tonight. I don’t want to drown this healthy plant, but it needs something to climb on. I stapled some bird netting to my fence as I’d seen in someone else’s SoS post, so I’m anxious to get it in the ground. You can see the baby maple trees that have sprouted in the pot.

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4. Sundrops: My mother gave me the original clump and I’ve always know them as sundrops. Now I discover they are Oenothera fruticosa, a member of the evening primrose family. Mine spread almost invasively so last year I pulled out bucketsfull.


5. This groundcover was left over at last year’s Green Thumb plant sale so I brought it home and stuck it in the ground. It looked terrible all last summer which was quite dry. But this spring it is lush and blooming. Can anyone tell me what it is?


6. This photo is why you should walk your garden every day. When I went out this morning the hardy gardenia my neighbor gave me was blooming. I had to stoop to get the fragrance but when this gets to be three feet tall it will perfume the garden. Gardenia jasminoides ‘Kleims Hardy’


That’s my Six on Saturday for this week. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.



17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – May 26, 2018

    • Thanks, Jane. The leaves aren’t quite the same (mine aren’t glossy) but the flowers are right. Perhaps there are different varieties. Will be interested to see if anyone else has an opinion.

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  1. I’m happy to see your hosta healthy, Mala! Maybe because of my idea … Why not?
    I also liked yellow jasmine. I had one 4 years ago but I lost it. I think I should get another one …


    • I think once the soil dries out some the jasmine may like the spot where I want to plant it. However, if it succumbs I’ll try something else. So much of my gardening is finding things that will survive in the soil/climate of my garden. The wet spots with clay are a real problem.

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    • I don’t think it’s a Heuchera. The leaves are low and hug the ground. Another person thought it might be Saxifraga stolonifera but when I googled that the leaves were glossy and mine are matt although the leaves were similar shape and the flowers the same.


  2. Lovely plants. I love hostas and see that there are some that are now less tasty for the S&S brigade. I shall have to go looking for them. Is #5 some kind of Epimedium? Seems to have the right flowers – they are beautiful ground cover plants.


  3. Hi Mala, could your mystery plant be a tiarella? I hadn’t seen Fred’s tip about wood ash and hostas – must try it. We have had heat and torrential rain this week and the slugs and snails have been out in force.


  4. I like your hosta and fern combo. I just planted a bunch of hosta. The slugs and snails will have a field day. I use the nasty blue pellets, I’m afraid. No quarter given…


    • I had some of those pellets and put them around, wood ash and then egg shells. I actually haven’t seen the slugs yet which is a little surprising. They climb my siding in the early morning and I take my sprayer with diluted amonia and fall off the house. In the lettuce is much more of a problem.


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