Eryngium alpinum 'Blue Star'

1. First up for six on Saturday is Erygium alpinum 'Blue Star'. I just couldn't resist this little brown butterfly on the steely blue Erygium.  I'm no butterfly expert, but I think it's a meadow brown.  This is one of those plants which was supposed to be quite short, so I put it at the front of the border and then it went and grew 4 ft high.

Gertrude Jekyll Long Border in full swing

2.  Second up is the Long Border, which is hotting up as August gets underway.   The blue grey haze at the far end of the border is the Eryngium photographed above.  If you want to see more of the Long Border, and find out how the border relates to Gertrude Jekyll's colour theories, then there is more information Here.

Clematis Purpurea Plena Elegans
3. I planted Clematis Purpurea Plena Elegans  about four years ago and has been sulking.  The soil here is poor, it's over hung by trees and early on it had a severe cutting back that it could have done without.  This year it has decided its going to make a go of it and has flowered. I had almost given up on it, and although it still looks a bit weedy, it has been given a reprieve, mainly because I like the colour.

Woodland planting
4.   Back in July I visited John's Garden which had featured on Carol Klein's programme on Channel 5.  I wrote about here.  Inspired by that visit, I've started to add underplanting to this scruffy looking piece of Woodland.  The floppy Hydrangeas are the start of something great I hope.

5 & 6. Finally for numbers 5 and 6 are two things in the vegetable garden which have done surprisingly well for me this year.

Bean Harvest

5. This is the first time I've tried Thompson and Morgan Climbing Bean Mixed and I'm really pleased with them.  We've had plenty of beans which are in a pretty mixture of colours, and they taste good too.
6.  Final one is this tomato.  The variety is Marmande and it is huge, which you can't tell from the photo so you will have to take my word for it.  It made a bowl of tomato salad just on its own.

That's the end of my selection for this week, but The Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday has plenty more for you to browse.


  1. Good morning. I hadn't seen your Six-on-Saturday before - what a stunning selection of plants and I do enjoy seeing whole borders. My African Violet thrives on my usual Healthy Neglect.... fortunately!

  2. I could get lost in your long border, it's so lovely. It'll be interesting to see how your woodland underplanting develops. Do keep us posted. That clematis is truly worth giving a 2nd chance. Good luck to it!


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