Six on Saturday – 08/06/2019 – Lupins etc

Finally, sunny warm days, more than two in a row! Too much to do in the garden to write much, so I’ll simply post a few snaps from our morning walkabout, and give a shout out to The Propagator, who hosts many Sixes every week!.

1 – Lilacs are still going strong. The common, pale purple ones have been blooming for a few weeks now, and finally this week the named hybrids have also started, such as this delicious, frothy white one.

2 – Also in bloom this week, also white, is the Pearl Bush – Exochorda racemosa. The rabbits ate all the branch tips this past winter, that is, the tips above the snow. Many branches were covered and escaped being nibbled, leaving many buds that are now blooming. You can see, from the unopened flowers, why it has the common name Pearl Bush!

3 – Looking very similar in bloom, but very different in size, are the teeny tiny buds and blooms of this Cotoneaster :

4 – Started from seed a few months ago, I have six Kentucky Coffee Tree – Gymnocladus dioicus – saplings. Not quite sure what I’ll be doing with them…

5 – Also started from seed at about the same time, but still so tiny, a few pots of Ground Cherry – Physalis. I was hoping these would be much larger by now, but they took forever to germinate:

6 – And finally…the Lupins have just started to bloom. I collect seeds every year and scatter them about. Looking forward to many months of colour:

Epilogue – I feel guilty about not posting pictures of the tall bearded Iris, which have also started, and the various Alliums now in bloom…perhaps next week?


  1. Oh, Lupins are so beautiful and the one in your last photo is a gorgeous colour. I think your white lilac has a touch of pink which makes it especially pretty.

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  2. Always tricky when some plants don’t make the final Six! Lovely lupins. I’m always amazed how popular Cotoneaster flowers are with bees as the flowers are so small.

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    1. Thanks! This variety is prostrate, growing along the top of a wide, low stone wall. Other varieties have arching branches or are upright shrubs. Birds are happy about the berries in fall!


  3. Bearded iris in June! Impressive.
    Kentucky coffee tree is another that I have never seen before. Some of those who know it seem to appreciate it. Others consider it to be a common firewood tree.

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  4. Hard to choose just six at this time of the year! Your lupins are lovely and healthy and such gorgeous colours. Do you not get bothered by slugs and snails? And the Pearl bush is a true beauty.


  5. For a little while I thought my physalis was japanese knotweed, a really invasive weed here. Have me a scare but then I checked and the young growth was the wrong shape. Phew. We are due pretty much continuous rain here all week, so the slugs and snails will be feasting. I need to get out there with a torch tonight…

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  6. Ground cherry taste so awful to me, but they really are pretty – even the foliage is nice – so I look forward to seeing those babies get a bit bigger. I’ve never heard of a Kentucky coffee tree & an image search doesn’t bring it to mind – me, a former southern gal. The images of these look great, too, so looks like there’s a forest in your future, unless you give some away. What attracted you to them? (Lupins & all pearls are great, btw.)

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    1. I studied Kentucky Coffeetree while at university (SO many years ago) and was drawn to its architectural branching structure ( no scraggly or other branches – very stark) and huge leaves (‘doubly compound’ with many leaflets) I hope one or two get thru the winter!

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