Six On Saturday: Never go to the garden centre on a sunny day and when there’s 10% off!

I only went for compost, honest.  But that Daphne had been on the wish list for a while.


IMG_2963Daphne Eternal Fragrance.  I had resisted buying this all year on the grounds that I wasn’t sure I had the right spot for it.  But there it was on the bench in front of me with a label that said suitable for containers. I’ll find a space for it soon.


IMG_2956I have moved the scented leaf pelagoniums into the potting shed and taken a few cuttings for insurance.  That meant two summer containers were sitting empty.  There in front of me was a tray of winter pansies.


IMG_2958Recently added to the wish list was Brunnera macrocephala ‘Jack Frost’.  Described as good for shade and for ground cover, I thought it would be ideal for under the snowberry tree.  These were lurking just around the corner from the pansies.  Speaking of lurkers – do the slugs like brunnera?


IMG_2957I was almost at the exit point when I spotted the pots of Gaultheria Procumbens ‘Big Berry’.  I’ve had these in winter window boxes before with some ivy.  The red berries are usually plentiful.


IMG_2964I had to walk back to the beaming cashier past the bulb section and remembered just in time that I needed to top up the alliums and fritillaries.


IMG_2959 I count myself as quite restrained – I can’t give you a full six from the garden centre purchases!  My last for this week is something that is giving me cause for concern.  These Liriope muscari ‘big blue’ went into the garden in autumn 2016 and have not flowered once.  The RHS site promises  ‘small violet-purple flowers carried in dense, erect spikes to 30cm in height in autumn, followed by black berries.’  To quote our esteemed leader ‘Nothing, nada, zilch.’  Any suggestions?

For more pithy observations from the leader visit The Propagator.  You’ll find much to inform and amuse plus a list of links to SOSs from gardens around the world.  Happy gardening.

18 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Never go to the garden centre on a sunny day and when there’s 10% off!

  1. Beautiful leaves the Brunnera macrocephala! I think you chose well to plant it in a shady corner.
    I didn’t know Gaultheria Procumbens, thanks for sharing.
    About Liriope muscari, maybe they have to be close and tight to see them bloom? (as agapanthus). I googled on French websites and I read that they liked acid soils and humus. Why not search in this direction too?

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  2. I had a moan about my Liriopes not flowering some weeks back, I’d had them years with barely a flower. They’re now flowering, not brilliantly, but the best they have by far. So public shaming seems to work. I suspect mine need more warmth, in the sun, not shoved under a rampant Fuchsia. They are said to flower better in sun. I also suspect snails of browsing the buds but I’ve not caught them in the act.

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  3. I hate it when new plants hurl themselves into my shopping basket or trolley! The daphne is a great plant . It’s done well in our garden and my mum is growing one I gave her in a pot and it seems to be happy. It has a lovely flutey scent.

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  4. Can second Quilting Gardener on the brunnera. I’ve 2 which may or may not be Jack Frost but have the lovely varigated leaves. There was a little tasting but it soon stopped. They’re planted about a metre from the hosta which was ravaged. Great brightener in the shady bed, for sure. I’d forgotten about teaberry – it was native where I used to live. Now it’s on my MUST HAVE list, along w/staghorn summac & joe pye weed. All a little bit of home in my UK garden. Did you stop for cake at the garden centre or make a break for it after your plunder?

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  5. I can report that the brunnera is a survivor and spreads nicely. It also likes being divided and replanted. I bought that Daphne last year and it flowered a tiny bit this year. Hoping for better next year but at least is hasn’t died yet like all the other Daphnes I’ve bought.

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