Six on Saturday – 21/08/2021 – side garden, foggy morning

It’s been lovely and hot and humid the past while, with no change in these conditions expected until September; in other words, it’s still summer! I was out on my early morning rounds the other day, coffee and camera in hand, while the fog was still laying low. I spotted a few early rising bumble bees, some robins catching their worms, a tomato horned worm in the tomato patch (it was relocated to a more appropriate place…) and I thought I’d share a look at the side garden. It has a small patio I laid using flat limestone slabs found on the property; it’s just large enough for a bench and a chair. Around it I’ve crammed a huge assortment of bulbs, perennials and shrubs. (You’ve likely seem individual plants from this garden in previous Sixes over the years.) The Propagator hosts this weekly garden blog theme – six things in your garden – and you can see gardens from around the world if you visit his site.

First up – the patio entrance, on the south side.
I scatter garlic chive seeds (Allium tuberosum) so that clumps form in strategic places, covering bare spots where daffodils bloom in the spring, for instance.
I also plant a few annual seeds to cover bare spots. I’ve actually had to cut back some of these Nasturtiums; unbeknownst to me (such a lovely word – unbeknownst!) they were a vining variety and were starting to overwhelm everything in their path, including the Echeveria there. I’m quite happy with it this succulent; purchased last year, it overwintered in the dining room window, producing a half dozen babies, and as you can see, in the photo featured at the top, it’s sending out four more now.
There’s something about bright red geraniums (in this case, Pelagorium caliente ‘Deep Red’) in a white urn…Earlier in the summer it’s much more visible, near the entrance to the patio.
One of my favourite colour combos this year – Diascia Darla ‘Deep Salmon’ in a turquoise glazed pot, with the Popcorn Cassia coming up, beside bright yellow Rudbeckia. This patch of Black Eyed Susans self seeded from another part of the garden; the Diascia is new to me and I love it – it’s bloomed non-stop since May, as has the Cassia.

And finally, below, the view from the north end of the patio looking south. It’s quite a peaceful place to sit with a cup of coffee in the morning. Until the mosquitos find you, anyway! Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Gee, I have not seen popcorn cassia since about 1989. We were still in school in San Luis Obispo at the time. I thought that it was more popular in Southern California that it was here, so was not surprised to not see it here. However, I later learned that it was very rare in Southern California too.

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      1. Loads of them?! Where do they all go? I would have liked to plant some as street trees in Los Angeles, but with space between them. They are not much to look at if crowded too closely for the bloom to be visible from the ground below. A few live as street trees in Capitola, and they are mixed with queen palms. Since the queen palms are up high, with bare trunks, they do not crowd the cassias, which are free to bloom all the way around their individual canopies. There are flowers everywhere but on the undersides!

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      2. Good question eh? There must be well-hidden patios and gardens all over this small rural county with the exotic, sub tropical foliage and popcorn smell… I’ve never thought of it as a small tree before…now I’m kinda sad that I grow it as an annual.I obviously need a conservatory to overwinter it!

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  2. Your photos are always very successful! The first with the echeveria gives an aspect of painting and we look closely, we realize that it’s a photo

    Do you really have a lot of mosquitoes at this season?

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  3. There are so many beautiful flowers gathered together here, but I confess the geraniums caught my eye. In my family’s home towns, red geraniums were a favored cemetery flower, and I have lovely memories of planting them each spring. If I weren’t a thousand miles away, I’d still be doing it.

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  4. LOL, feeling Southern? As a native of Atlanta, I’ll ask – are you getting in touch with your inner Gothic romantic? My garden goal is Visions of Paradise and you have hit it with your patio, gorgggeeeous! I want to join you for coffee and I have the proper accent. Popcorn Cassia is year round here, do you use it as an annual?

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    1. 😆😆😆 Love it!! Yes, it’s an annual here….When left in the ground it must get huge eh? This one flower stalk, now more than two feet long, just keeps producing buds and popping off flowers, and growing! I kinda love everything about it, including the popcorn smell, and try to buy one every year.


    1. Thank you! I just found out the Cassia is actually a small tree/large shrub, if left to grow in a more appropriate area, climate wise. Nice, for me, that it blooms so early in it’s life while still so short.

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