Six on Saturday- Peachy Shades- July 4th 2020.

We are not going to the Caribbean this year. Or any year, I should imagine. I’m frankly not planning to go further than the the next village. However, I can bring a bit of sunshine into the garden with my planting. This nasturtium is a seedling from a range called Caribbean Crush. It has predominately pink, apricot and peachy shades. A lovely change from the usual bright orange and yellows. This plant is an overwintered seedling, so it flowered early. It hid away in a raised bed of brassicas in the unheated poly tunnel. It’s been wonderful to have one or two flowers all winter. Leaves and flowers are edible and add a peppery taste to salads. And a few stems in a jam jar make a pretty posy for the kitchen table. If I save seeds from this plant, the offspring will be variable. But, I want to keep this particular unusual pale peach colour. So I’ll take shoot cuttings and put them into jars of water to root. Shot glasses are the ideal size. I take cuttings about 9cm (3.5″) long from the tips of healthy plants. I’ll carefully cut off all but four small leaves so the cutting doesn’t lose too much moisture. The glasses are placed under the staging in the greenhouse, out of direct sun, but in a warm and sheltered place. A north-facing window indoors would also be fine. Cuttings will root within two to three weeks and then I’ll put each cutting in a 9cm pot in gritty compost. I use peat-free compost with a handful of grit to improve drainage. When roots emerge from the bottom of the pot, I’ll plant them outdoors – and some will be put into a large terracotta pot to be kept frost- free over the winter. This ‘rooting in water’ technique can also be used for salvias, mint, and all types of impatiens. A good way to preserve special varieties and an insurance policy against winter losses.

Here’s a link for Tropaeolum majus Caribbean Crush :

Looking around, here’s some more plants in lovely shades of peach and apricot. Enjoy this week’s tour of the garden.

Pot marigold, Calendula Sunset Buff. Petals look like they have been cut with pinking shears. There are pretty striped markings on the back of the petals too.

Unknown dahlia – purchased from East Ruston Old Vicarage. A lovely memory of a Norfolk holiday. Maybe someone reading this will know what it is called.

Update: Chloris from The Blooming Garden (see comments) confirms the dahlia is Wine Eyed Jill. I shall duly label it, and take cuttings next spring to increase my stock. It is such a gorgeous colour. Thank you Chloris.

Seedlings from Pollie’s Daylillies. Pollie Maasz has been growing daylilies at her nursery in the New Forest, Hampshire, for almost 20 years. She has 1500 cultivars and breeds new hybrids, specialising in unusual and spider forms.

The spider daylilies have a more open flower than the usual trumpet-types, and petals twist and turn. Very eye-catching. They seem to dance about in the breeze. They are my favourites.

You can buy new un-named seedlings which produce some exciting and unusual flowers. It’s like a lucky dip! And as a bonus, you can name them yourselves.

I’ve forgotten the name of this rose. My new year’s resolution is to improve the labelling system in the garden. I’m terrible for planting something and forgetting to label it properly. Very frustrating when friends come to visit and want to know what something is called. Perhaps someone reading this will know the name.

It’s either from David Austin or Peter Beales Roses.

Update: Peter Beales have helped me out and found the name. It’s the beautifully-scented climbing rose, Gloire de Dijon. Very free flowering in June and repeat flowers in late summer. Grows 12′ x 8′ ( 3.6m x 2.4m) has large, tea-scented flowers, and by the time I’d written this, I’d also found the label in the potting shed. I really must get some nice labels to hang on the shrubs. White plastic ones never look good. Maybe you could recommend something? I’d welcome any suggestions.

But I do know this rose. It’s new. For Your Eyes Only. Repeat flowers all summer. Disease resistant and good for pollinators. Lovely in a bouquet. Lasts well as a cut flower.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my peach selection this week. What’s looking colourful in your garden at the moment? Have you got a favourite plant or favourite colour right now. Leave a comment at the bottom of the page and let me know.

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31 thoughts on “Six on Saturday- Peachy Shades- July 4th 2020.

  1. I enjoyed all of your peachy flowers. Of course the Nasturtium section I went back to. Love these plants and flowers. Nice tip about rooting in water. I’ll have a go at this…always on the look out for things to try. Happy gardening. I love the leaves and flowers in a mixed salad.

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    • Thank you Noelle. Nasturtiums were the first flowers I grew for my first home. I grew them in a hanging basket and they reached about 4ft in length and flowered all summer, attracting bees to the tiny entrance courtyard. Happy memories of carefree days. I wouldn’t be without them. Happy gardening to you too 🙂👍. Karen


    • Ah, thank you! I knew someone would have the name of that dahlia. Will update the post. And add a label to the plant. I got it at a discount because it didn’t have a label. I must admit, I’ve only been out a few times. I need a week to recover. The world is such a changed place. Enjoy your gardening. Karen x


  2. What a pretty nasturtium – I have tried several nasturtium that are supposedly a different colour from the norm, but they have never been quite what I hoped for. I think I will try this mix – and badturtium cuttings? It would never have occurred to me, and will give it a try, just for the sake of it, akthough sadly the Crimson Emperor nasturtium have turned out to be orange! I have already added that calendula to my seed list

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    • It’s disappointing when plants don’t turn out to be the right colour. I’ve grown some Sooty sweet Williams and they are pink. I must admit, the advice to take shoot cuttings came from Alan Gray at East Ruston who saw the photo on twitter. It hadn’t occurred to me to take cuttings either, but I was pondering how to keep this particular shade of peach going. Saving seed is obviously not reliable. I’ve got a friend Mary Thomas who has a nursery called Piecemeal plants and she grows a double orange nasturtium that doesn’t set seed so always has to be propagated by cuttings. Enjoy your Sunday 🙂👍 xx


  3. As far as I’m concerned, you win the say with your peachy flowers! That nasturtium, then calendula, the dahlia, daylilies, it just kept getting better as I scrolled down!

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  4. I was pleasantly surprised to see the peachy Nasturtium. I usually visit sis-in-law and cull her Nasturtiums for my salads. There isn’t a big crop, but it is sufficient to obtain the fine young plants occasionally.

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    • I must admit, I’ve been pleased to have salad leaves and flowers all winter. It’s been really wild here, and the unheated poly tunnel was just enough protection to keep them going. Nice to have something tasty in winter. Will remember to grow some this time of the year again to last the winter. Usually sow in spring, for summer.


      • We are grazing on rocket, lettuce, chives and parsley. I have a Curry plant which has bushed out from a tiny plant from last year. It is also useful for salads. It is currently flowering. Its yellow flowers look nice amongst the greenery in the salad bowl and are flavoursome. I don’t want to denude the Curry plants I am being parsimonious with the flowers.

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