Six On Saturday: A supermarket rescue and other joys

August is the month for destruction at the supermarket flower section. Rows of sad, wilting plants reduced in price, past their best but holding out the glimmer of hope for a rescue. For a pound I was tempted and brought one home. It was submerged in water and left in a shady place to rehydrate. Thankfully it did and here it is.


Leucanthemum ‘Broadway Lights’. I would have taken more but the others really did look past all hope.


August brings the arrival of the late summer flowers.  This year this includes some late sown plants, the first of which is this cleome.  I have about a dozen of these dotted round in the gaps that also seem to appear at this time of year.  Some I pinched out to achieve a bushier plant with more flower heads, this one was left to grow straight up.


My zinnias, that have been promising to deliver for weeks, have finally made it into flower.  More much appreciated magenta pink, although it looks more red here.


This year I dug up several bits of the rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ to give to friends and to plant elsewhere in the garden.  The main plant has responded with even more vigour and makes a striking focal point for the late summer border.


I have been waiting for sometime for the supposedly thuggish anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ to live up to its reputation and spread itself widely over the shady end of the garden.  It’s in year three and finally looks as though it is about to make an effort.  Perhaps this year the weather has been a little kinder.


Rose of the week is ‘Scepter’d Isle, every time it flowered this year the rains fell and its lovely flowers were ruined.  Finally it can show off its elegant form, but briefly I fear as the wind and rain of today is giving it a good thrashing.

The winds are picking up here, all the pots that stand on a wall have been moved down to the ground and the fig tree is swaying wildly in the winds.  I wonder what will be left standing for next week’s six.  Seems like the perfect day to catch with some SOS reading.  All the links can be found on The Propagator’s blog and reading his contribution is a good place to start.  Wishing you and all your gardens a safe weekend.



16 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: A supermarket rescue and other joys

  1. I always feel so sorry for the rows of sad, wilting plants at the supermarkets! You seem to have bagged yourself a bargain though, the Leucanthemum looks quite healthy now. And your Rudbeckia! I haven’t tried those yet, nervous about S&S but they so make a late summer garden look so cheerful.

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  2. This rudbeckia river is stunning ! My first one is open recently : I saw it this afternoon after my return from vacation. Unfortunately some petals are nibbled ( earwigs?)…. I hope you didn’t have too much damage with the wind …

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  3. I’ve seen a few Rudbeckia on SoS this week and I think I should get some for my garden also. They really are handsome flowers. Well done on saving the Leucanthemum which looks as though it hasn’t suffered any trauma at all.

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    • I got to the Leucanthemum just I time, it was wilted but not brown. It looked a lot better once it was dead headed. The rudbeckia is a solid plant which packs a punch at this time of year. I don’t have any problems with it.

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  4. I finally made it here & it’s well worth it. Love the cleome. Such an interesting bloom. That rose is spectacular & thank God you saved that daisy. My first thought was for those that were beyond saving that someone lost a pound on. All this thinning & giving away, your garden is coming into its own. Are your zinnias late?

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    • Yes, late zinnias, i have, even now, some that are still in bud. More warmth required but perhaps they will last longer. You are right about things filling out and now I’m rethinking things. I feel a bit crazy sometimes!!

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      • I wasn’t sure if that were a 2nd planting or they were being slow. I’d read some pro gardener saying a few weeks or so ago that there was still time for another sowing of zinnia so I did my best. Those are just beginning to bud, so perhaps they’ll keep the zinnia season going. As to crazy, it goes w/the territory.


      • I was reading Christopher Lloyd this weekend – a book on succession planting and he regarded Zinnias as a mid September plant! So maybe all is well in the zinnia world and yours will be well timed!

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  5. Anemones are enviable. I would so like to grow them. There is one pathetic colony at work, and they are sickly pale pink. I want to grow the classic single white! They would look so good with the redwoods, and should be happy in the partial shade. They just do not grow like weeds as they seem to for everyone else.

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