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Six on Saturday – Celebrations

4th July 2020.

2020 Act 2, the first Saturday of the second half of the year and it’s Independence Day if you are American or Philipino. For those of us who are not, please note that it is my nephew’s birthday, born a little later than the first Saturday of 1776. In advance of multiple celebrations, I spent a while selecting my six for this week, so without further ado, let’s have liftoff…

My first this week is Feverfew, known to some as Bachelor’s Buttons. This one seeded itself in a small crack between patio slabs, as I had written about in early June. I love it even before it flowers because of the attractive lime-green foliage. After you’ve read this blog thingy and other posts over at the Propagator’s HQ, after perhaps some gardening, coffee or other brew, you could return to this picture to count the buttons.

Next up is a shot of Begonia Corner. I went completely over the top with these for the last two years, having forty-two altogether. I mismanaged them last winter and now there are sixteen. They are not at their best yet, but I will enjoy them right up to the end of November.

Last week I described a struggling Vinca. In any case, this is a fine healthy one, planted into the Annual Trough, and blends well with Ground Ivy. Right now it boasts a single small flower.

Nothing speaks to me more of summer than petunias. The dry weather has suited them this year and they look strong.

Can anyone help me find the variety of this light-blue Campanula? (Update: from Fred & Catherine. .. It’s portenschlagiana. Thank you both!). I think it’s Milky Bellflower. It’s just past its best and will get a post-lockdown haircut next week or soon after. A good plant creeping up a dry stone wall in semi-shade, it seems completely unruffled by the large amount of slugs & smails that nibble on it most nights. Goodness knows, even the updated name is a mouthful!

Finally, we move along to Geranium Corner. These ones wintered well and for that I am pleased.

That’s my six this week. For more, pay a visit to Mr. Prop. who started this going. I have to say I’m enjoying reading articles from like-minded garden writers from near and far. Tá an-áthas orm bheith ag léamh scéalta deasa scríofa ag garraíodóirí i ngar is í gcéin.

Independence Day

It’s America’s big day. Heaven knows, they need to celebrate because they are in trouble. I wish them well as they attempt to recover the high ground, and I highlight this quote:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Ronald Reagan

Regular readers will know by now that I cannot separate my garden from the world. In fact, I try to make a link. I have many very good friends and acquaintances in the US, many of whom have spoken to me about the brokenness of their country. It has always been the dream of Americans to find that they have Irish blood. Therefore I finish today with an invocation: May you once again feel proud of your country; may you realise that we Irish are suffering too, but proud of how we are dealing with tough stuff. Heads up high! Like the waterlogged Geranium, we will recover.


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32 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Celebrations”

  1. I adore the smell (it isn’t of a quality to merit the word “fragrance”) of feverfew foliage. Mary despises it so it is planted in an out of the way corner where I can brush past it, rub it with my hand and yet not offend Mary’s delicate nostrils.

        1. Yes indeed… Can be very effective, apparently. Re: touching the plant… In some cases can contribute to dermatitis. So it’s a real yes/no little fella.

  2. I get all the help I need with mismanaging Begonias from vine weevil grubs, necessitating a fresh start each spring. We’ve hit on a particular strident pink this year; I prefer your reds and whites. They are star performers though.
    Did Reagan really come up with that? Didn’t think he had it in him.

    1. Seems he did, Jim. I use Goodreads for my quote searching and find it quite authoritative. Mind you, it was very likely a speechwriter rather than Ronnie. I think you may have hit the nail on the head!

    1. Thanks Gill. The begonias will really come into their own in Autumn when other stuff starts to look shook. This coming winter I’ll get it right, and likely get more corms online to bring my stock back up.

  3. I’m very fond of feverfew as a brightener for dry sunny corners. And thank you for your kind words about this broken land. It’s a sad day instead of a celebration.

    1. Seems there’s a gang of us here who like the Feverfew. Great minds think alike.
      In any event I do hope you can celebrate somehow or other. Sending you & others a wee bit of Irish garden karma.

  4. Feverfew seeds itself all over my garden – I mostly leave it alone, (because I like it) until I need the space for something else. Then I pull it up.

    I agree with Fred – I believe that’s campanula portenschlagiana, also known as Dalmatian bellflower. I also have it in the garden and it’s a lovely, vivid, spreading plant.


    1. Exactly right! It seeds in small patio cracks and is a lovely addition in most places. Also v easy to pull away from places I don’t want it. Win win situation.

  5. Thank you for your words to America. We truly do need to recover the high ground. It’s embarrassing.

    I’d grow that vinca just for the leaves, never mind the flowers!

    1. I’m with you about the vinca leaves, Lisa. The flower is very insignificant. Also will be lovely as an evergreen in winter. I’m touched by several comments today re: America. I am aware I run the risk of offending someone. However, my thoughts are genuinely held and offered to support rather than anything else. I hope you do get to celebrate the day. Beir bua!

  6. it’s of small consolation that however crap our present govt may be/become, it’s unlikely to be as bad as our cousins across the pond. wowsers…

  7. I like the Feverfew, and I had no idea anyone calls it bachelor buttons. Here’s a link to my idea of bachelor buttons, also known as cornflowers:

    Your Begonia Corner is lovely. You reminded me I have several stems of last year’s begonias sitting, rooted, in jars by a window in a seldom used room! I should do something about that . . .

    The American appreciates your words of hope and encouragement.

    1. Yes, apparently its not a universal name, Kimberly. Not widely used here in Ireland 🇮🇪 either, looks a bit like I think a bachelor button would look like.
      I do like the BC as it reduces watering, but just today I notice the plants become much more leggy. Instead of growing out they grow up! But I’ll live with it, I guess.
      Go get those begonias going! Here’s more H&E oing your way. Beir bua, a chara.

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