Six on Saturday. And Now for Something Completely Different.

I have grown the lovely perennial snapdragon, Antirrhinum ‘Pretty in Pink’ for several years. It was launched to great acclaim at Chelsea Flower Show in 2015. It grows big and bushy and blooms all summer long and yes, it is hardy.

Antirrhinum ‘Pretty in Pink’

It seeds around and so there are always plenty of plants to give away to friends. But this year it produced something quite new. I am now the proud owner of the first white perennial antirrhinum. I haven’t thought of a name yet. Any suggestions?

Last year I grew the pretty Nicotiana ‘Tinkerbell’.

Nicotiana ‘Tinkerbell’

And I always have the stately Nicotiana sylvestris popping up here and there.

Nicotiana syvestris

So this year I have what looks like a result of their liasion. And it is gorgeous.

And here is another baby which is different again.

People who read my blog regularly probably know that I am nutty about nerines. The first one to bloom is always the bright red Nerine sarniensis which is not hardy and has to live in the greenhouse.

Nerine sarniensis

This year I bought a new one called Nerine sarniensis ‘Corusca major’ which I thought would be bigger and better and redder. I don’t know whether this was mislabelled or what happened; it is early flowering but the wrong colour. If I hadn’t expected a lovely bright red bloom I would be pleased with it as it is much earlier blooming than the other nerines. But pink?

Nerine sarniensis ‘Corusca major’ ?

And now for some plants which are new and different for me but perhaps not for you.

I have never grown watsonia as I am not sure how hardy it is but this year I am trying a lovely peach one in my gravel garden.

Watsonia borbonica ‘Peach Glow’

If it is successful next year I shall try this fabulous Watsonia fourcadei which I saw growing at Green Island Gardens recently.

Watsonia fourcadei, Green Island Gardens, Essex.

I don’t know whether Lily ‘Fusion’ is a new hybrid but it is new to me this year and I love it. It is a cross between Lilium longiflorum and the Leopard lily, Lilium pardilinum. It is my current favourite lily.

Lilium ‘Fusion’

I will finish with something very different. Many people grow the fragrant Abyssinian gladiolus, Acidanthera murielae which is so difficult to bring back into bloom. It is actually called Gladiolus murielae now. The Abyssinian gladiolus is the only one that is fragrant. Joan Wright, who was a plant breeder from New Zealand tried for many years to create a new fragrant gladiolus by making crosses with Gladioulus murielae. Gladioulus murielae ‘Lucky Star’ was the only result. It was originally introduced in 1966 but was lost to gardeners for decades. It is new to me this year and I hope I can keep it going. It is a gem with large, fragrant, white flowers with a fuchsia -pink centre.

Gladiolus murielae ‘Lucky Star’

So there we have it, my Six On Saturday for August. I hope I have shown you something a little bit different. Many thanks to the Propagator for hosting the popular meme and this week I have stuck to the rules, more or less.

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35 Responses to Six on Saturday. And Now for Something Completely Different.

  1. Lisa says:

    I had to look up watsonia,, that’s a new one. Beautiful. I’d wonder about the hardiness too, I read they go to zone 8, which I am.

  2. It is always exciting to find something new in the garden. Your flowers are beautiful.

  3. karen says:

    Oh wow, how exciting to have something new. I love the white antirrhinum. I would call it Peace and Hope. Especially as it’s emerged in the year of covid. I love the nicotiana too. I’m growing the new white one this year which is very pretty. Karen x

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Karen. Peace and Hope is a great name for my white antirrhinum, thanks for the suggestion. I am going to take cuttings from the nicotiana as I don’t suppose it will come true from seed.

      • karen says:

        Thank you too. Cuttings will work. I’m having success with just popping them in little shot glasses of water. Seems just the right amount of water. Good luck 👍

  4. Jo Shafer says:

    Mama Nedley (my maternal grandmother) grew white nicotiana, along with ginger lilies, in a small garden ell on the north side of her house. The nicotiana, as I recall after all these decades, bloomed at night. Maybe it’s sweet fragrance was the reason she planted it there — it was under her bedroom window!

  5. Those Nerines are beautiful. I love antirrhinums. Mine have been a bit slow to get going from seed this year but last year’s survivors are flowering for the second time this summer.

  6. March Picker says:

    Chloris, as always I’m impressed by those nerines. You have the greenest thumb!

  7. Heyjude says:

    How wonderful! You have the most unusual plants. I’m a bit worried about Acidanthera murielae being hard to bring back to bloom. I have some in pots but only had one flower last year, this year I think I have two currently in bud. Out of 20 bulbs that’s not a great statistic.

    • Chloris says:

      I have always had difficulties coaxing Acidanthera murielae back into bloom. I don’t know what the secret is.

      • Heyjude says:

        I have 10 in two pots, I brought the pots indoors last autumn and didn’t water them at all. Put the pots outside in spring. Lovely healthy leaves, but only two of them have flowers! Maybe this year I will take them out of the pots. Or not. Do you feed yours?

  8. I’ve never even heard of perennial snapdragons but I’m not surprised that your magical garden produced a new variety! Kudos on all your unusual flower finds. I grew Watsonia in my former garden, where the clumps exploded in size over the years we were there, but I can’t explain why I’ve never planted them in my current larger garden except that, even here, the bulbs aren’t something you normally come across in local garden centers. Now you have me thinking that they might be a great addition to the dry strip along the street…

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Watsonia is quite resilient, and naturalizes here, although I do not know how tolerant it is to frost. The bulbs are weirdly expensive. I intend to get some eventually, but will likely get them from gardens where there are too many rather than purchase them.

  10. fredgardener says:

    Those nerine !! 😍 gorgeous !

  11. pbmgarden says:

    Always a delight to see and read about what you’re growing. The peachy watsonia is new to me. Love it. Your nerines amaze. I planted some last year and hope to see the two survivors bloom. Congratulations on the white snapdragon. My suggestion might make more sense to American readers but how about Antirrhinum ‘She Persisted’?

  12. Jim Stephens says:

    I bought and planted a Watsonia a few weeks back, there were pink and orange flowered plants at the nursery and I can’t even remember which I bought. I’ve seen them naturalised on Tresco. Looks like you’re right about the Nerine being wrong,
    The Lily is gorgeous, I have to find a way to grow them successfully.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jim, I shall go back and see if I can get the correct Nerine sarniensis ‘Corusca’ but I am happy to have this one it is much earlier than my others. Yes, Lilium ‘Fusion’ is fabulous.

  13. snowbird says:

    I’d call your beautiful snapdragon Apparition, as it looks quite ghostly. How gorgeous. I loved all of these delights especially Fusion and Lucky star who is utterly

  14. What a lovely Six. Such unusual plants (well, to me). The Lily is so striking

  15. As always your garden is full of unique and beautiful blooms. I can see why you love the Nerines. Sadly, I don’t have any – not sure if they are hardy here. I really like the white snapdragon and the hybrid Gladiolus.

  16. Brian Skeys says:

    I think it should be, ‘Blooming White’.

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