Six On Saturday: Pinky, greeny, white flowers

Around time of year I’m usually on my way to Suffolk with a stop off at the Beth Chatto gardens. The gardens are open now but the trip to Suffolk is off. Which is a shame because a week on the Suffolk coast next week might be a blessed relief. Temperatures here are forecast to make 30 degrees. At least the garden has had a very good soak and the water butts are almost replenished. Here’s this week’s six.


I’m opening with this is mallow, or malva moschata.  I didn’t realise just how pretty it was until I took the close up.  Beautiful and it is a regular self seeder that fills a corner of the garden quite happily doing its thing with very little attention.


The hydrangeas which were gasping for a drop of the good stuff are very happy now.  This one is hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’.  Being one of the Endless Summer ranges apparently it can flower on new and old wood. Something I did not know before today.  


The lilies that are in a pot by one of the pergola legs opened up last weekend. Just in time to provide some scented evening distractions.


From Cornwall to France the Yuccas have been flowering and here I offer a flowering cordyline.  Which by coincidence came all the way from Cornwall some twenty years ago.   It has lived in a pot for all those years, with a belated move to a larger pot about three years ago.  It has never flowered before and I don’t know if it will again but here it is for now. 


This clear white geranium is sanguineum ‘Album’ used in the northern corner of the garden and is finally in flower.  


And just around the corner is this inherited geranium.  White with beautiful pink veining. It was quite a large clump so I divided it up and dotted it around the garden on the shadier side and it has done well in all locations.  I wonder if it could be ‘Kashmiri White’.  

I’m going to be making the most of this cool weekend to get some gardening jobs done.  The last stragglers of the annuals to be planted out.  There are tomatoes to be looked over – those side shoots are sprouting fast and the second sowing of french beans to be put in the ground.  Enjoy your gardening jobs and look in at  The Prop’s Place for his six  (I have fallen for sidalcea ‘Rosaly’) and all the links to other good gardening blogs.

14 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Pinky, greeny, white flowers

  1. Mallow are so pretty. Even the “weed” kind that volunteers is, that’s why I leave it! I was reading an article on planting a white flower garden. I guess it’s popular right now, and stunning in the nighttime.

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  2. You’re right, my yuccas are in bloom in France, as you may have seen this week in my Six.
    By cons, no cordyline flowers this year: it’s weird because they had bloomed for three years.
    Very pretty mallow!

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  3. Really love that last geranium that you think might be Kashmiri White. How big are the flowers? That mallow has such a delicate beauty, too. Lovely whites!

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  4. Oh, you have a lot of white too; my favorite color. Cordyline bloom is something that is likely to get snipped out of shorter specimens that are within reach. The bloom of some types attracts flies. Abundant bloom of large specimens can be almost messy.

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  5. I think I need one of those white geraniums! Love Beth Chatto’s gardens. I took a tour group there once, and was able to visit with her while we made the arrangements. She was such a classy lady, and like most gardeners, so willing to share her knowledge.

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  6. Your geranium Kashmir white looks much like mine. I have a tiny patch that has ver really taken off. Puts up a few flowers each year but I think it’s possibly in the wrong spot. Though the rest of the hardy geraniums are romping away so probably good to have one that is staying contained.


  7. For some reason (bad taste?) I’ve never gone for any colour-themed area sort of thing, preferring to jar the senses with a totally mad mix of colours. But as I become more sedate (that sounds a lot better than “old”) I’m coming round to the idea. But would I just be a copy-cat if I went for white? Maybe pink as all the Malva I have are pink. White ones never seem to take off whilst pink runs rampant.

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    • Hello there. I have been to visit your pages but failed to complete leaving a comment – some fiddle faddle techno thing probably! My white malva are on their own for now but then the hesperantha follows on. And it is only a small corner but I am enjoying it right now.


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