salvia amisted purple flowers and bench in background

Fuchsias, salvia, hydrangeas, potentilla – 22 September 2018 – Six on Saturday

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Gosh, it’s been windy this week.  It’s been throwing down with rain for most of the time, here in Manchester – two storms Ali and Bronagh in quick succession, so my north facing, shady garden is a squelchy mess but the two water-butts are overflowing.  The weather cleared on Saturday morning so I ran out to take some photos for my ‘Six on Saturday’ joining up with the Propagator and all the other gardening bloggers around the world. It’s a simple idea to photograph some of the ‘action’ around your garden and its surroundings.  The weather’s been warm despite the rain so my petunias are still looking good.

1.Salvia and our new Arbour

salvia amisted purple flowers and bench in background

salvia Amistad purple flowers and new arbour in the background

I’ve got a couple of other salvias in pots around the gardens. They’re good for Autumn colour and seem easy to grow.  I like them as they come in many shades of pink, red, purple and different sizes too.  Hopefully, they’ll survive the winter OK.

This beauty is by the new arbour at the bottom of the garden on the decking. We are hoping to paint the arbour before the winter, but it’s under some trees so should be ok until next year. I wrote about it in my first ‘six on Saturday a couple of weeks ago.   I’ll try to take a proper photo next week of the whole decking area.  It’s looking ok but the fences need painting too.

2. Hydrangea Panticulata – Limelight

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' with Lavender

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ with lavender

This gorgeous hydrangea lives in our front garden right by the path, protected from the winds by a large rosemary bush (tree?) which needs regular hacking to keep it from overwhelming all the plants.  I keep the rosemary as My Chap cooks with rosemary regularly.  The hydrangea is growing above one of the 15+ lavender plants I have in the front garden – probably my favourite flower and scent. They love the dry, rubbly soil. Our 1990s house is built on an old Victorian bandage factory which started life as a huge 6 story cotton mill, right by the Bridgewater Canal.

I’ve written about #lavender many times on this blog – and lavender played a big part in our wedding last year.  I’ve also written about the #Bridgewater Canal – we walk along it often and it’s one of My Chap’s favourite running routes.  I’ve got a couple of other #Hydrangeas dotted around the garden.

3. Fuchsias

I loved fuchsias when I was a girl – I thought they looked like ballerinas.  They are my mum’s favourite flowers, so I grew up with them all around our garden. She has many in pots still.

Here’s two hardy ones – Magellania – which is about four foot high, has flowered profusely all summer.  I’ve had it for about five years and this is the first good show from it.  I bought it as a very sorry looking spindly plant in Morrisons of all places.

fuchsia magellania bush red and purple flowers

fuchsia magellania bush – about 5 foot high and

‘Lady in Black’ is an unusual fuchsia – it’s a hardy, climber – My Mum gave it to me and it’s about three years old now – and about two foot high.  I need to start training it on a trellis and a much bigger pot.

Lady in black fuchsia with dark red flowers

fuchsia – Lady in Black – Hardy AND A climber 

4. Cotoneaster Horizontalis – before shot

Cotoneaster horozontalis with small red berries

cotoneaster horizontalis- covering a dull fence by the garden gate

Sometimes this cotoneaster changes colour to dark red leaves before dropping off, and some years it doesn’t – so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.  The birds love the berries one way or another.  This was one of the few plants in the garden when I arrived nearly nine years ago.

5. Potentilla – Abbotswood

white flower potentilla abbotswood with dwarf red acer

potentilla abbotswood with a dwarf acer

This is the second time the potentilla outside the patio door has flowered. The bush wasn’t happy earlier in the summer (June/July) as I think it was far too hot for many flowers…. so it stopped and started flowering again at the beginning of September – and is pushing out flowers. It’s normally finished by now.  This potentilla was another of the plants in the garden when I bought the house – there were about six shrubs and one very sorry tulip appeared the following year.  I like the contrast of the green, white and the red leaves of the dwarf Acer.

6. Virginia creeper on my neighbour’s wall – Before, during….and what’s next

virginia creeper green

Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Virginia creeper – 15 September 2018

This Virginia creeper spreads all along the boundary wall of my neighbour’s garden on the way out of our little cul de sac.  I watch it change colour every year – it lifts my mood.  Here’s the photo from today (22 September).  I’ll report back with more photos. I’m absolutely rubbish with Latin names so I had to look this one up.  You see very mature Virginia creepers on many of the Victorian Buildings around Manchester – stunning but I’m not sure the impact on the brickwork.

virginia creeper on a wall turning red

Virginia creeper – Parthenocissus quinquefolia – 22 September 2018

I’ve written before about how gardening and plants help me focus my attention on daily changes, noting cycles and re-appearances – mindfulness in action.


I’m joining up with the Propagator – this week he has a stunning dahlia, some old favourites and some new plants in need of TLC. Like him, we buy plants from the ‘sick plant shelf’ at our local garden centre – usually, they’ve just finished flowering and need some love to come back next year.  Have a look at his contribution here– He’s written about the cycle of plants/life too.  He’s taking one of his crew to start uni – I hope they have a brilliant time.   As someone who’s worked for many years in the Uni sector this resonates with me – each new cohort of students – different, individual, but some of the same worries and excitements as the ones who’ve gone before – all that youthful enthusiasm.  It is truly a privilege to work among them in the highest concentration of students in the whole of Europe – Oxford Road, Manchester.

I hope the Autumn treats you well…. and for my readers in the Southern Hemisphere… Spring 🙂 new opportunities – whey 🙂


What do you love about the change in the seasons? Favourite plants?  Or for you is September new term, new school/uni year?  Let me know in the comments.

Carpe Diem

Love Bec xxx





33 thoughts on “Fuchsias, salvia, hydrangeas, potentilla – 22 September 2018 – Six on Saturday

  1. Chloris

    Squelchy soil and full rain butts? Oh I am so jealous. It is raining here today for the first time in ages, but only in a half hearted, can’t -really -be -bothered sort of way. And your lovely hydrangea, have you been watering it? Mine are all curly leaved and tiny crispy flowers. Your sideways fuchsias made me smile. I have had the same problem in the past when for no good reason the photo refuses to come out straight.

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      thanks Chloris – yes I had to water the hydrangea everyday in the boiling hot weather we had earlier in the summer – it did get shade from the rosemary tree though. I had to water all my hydrangeas and most of the garden which I don’t usually have to worry about – we had no rain for 7 weeks (unheard of in Manchester). It’s the only time I’ve been pleased to have a small garden. I’m going to try again with the photos later on (I think my host can sort it though). Hope you get some more rain for your garden soon. love Bec 🙂

  2. Anca

    The Virginia creeper looks stunning. I have a passiflora covering the fence and making the garden even more green. The colour of the salvias is wonderful too. You have a lovely looking garden.

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      I’d love a passionflower but it wouldn’t like our shady back garden – the virginia creeper is bright red now as it’s been so sunny this week in Manchester. Must go and photograph it for Saturday. 🙂

  3. Lauren

    I love hydrangeas so much!! The season changing this time of year is my favourite I love the reds and oranges that come through ☺️

  4. Eliza

    I never get to enjoy berries on my cotoneaster anymore, as the chipmunks eat them as soon as they ripen. Ah, well!

  5. Naomi

    Oh my gosh so windy!!!! This is great my bk yard is mourning the loss of summer and looking a bit sparse and grey, some great autumnal suggestions that I’m definitely going to try! Thanks for linking up to #ourlittlelinky

  6. Lisa

    I love September/October – it’s still warm enough to sit outside. I wish we had lots of plants/flowers in our garden but our dog likes to eat everything x

  7. Rachael

    Gosh, I am insanely jealous – your garden looks and sounds dreamy! Look at all those autumnal colours mixed in with bursts of colour. Glorious!

  8. lindsey bray

    Stunning flowers, my garden isnt looking too bad actually to say we have had some crazy weather. I grew my own flowers from seed this year and its been really rewarding.

  9. lucy mackcracken

    There are some beautiful colours here, i’m not very good with growing flowers but I have a beautiful fuschia that grew from a cutting from my grandad’s plant, it always makes me think of him when I see it bloom.

  10. @cavershamjj

    Lovely Six Bec. Thanks for your kind words at the end, #1 child got off just fine, couldn’t wait to get rid of us! Hope to see you again soon.

  11. laura dove

    Oh gorgeous! You have such a beautiful garden and your photos are lovely! Great detail!

  12. Nadia

    Full rain butts here too, overflowing into the drain! Tat hydrangea limelight is gorgeous! That fuchsia is so beautiful that it almost makes me want to include it in my garden but I’m having a fuchsia war at the moment :/

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      thank you 🙂 I really love it – think we might squeeze some more hydreangeas in next year. Why are you having a fuchsia war? I do remember the west of Ireland having huge fuchsias as hedges on the roads. It was beautiful but I expect it’s alot of cutting back required. love Bec 🙂

  13. janesmudgeegarden

    I wonder how hardy a hardy fuchsia is? Do you have heavy frost where you are? I’d love to grow one here-your Lady in Black is a beauty- but fear the climate would be too fierce in both simmer and winter.

  14. Lora Hughes

    Very impressed by the hydrangea, & I don’t usually go for green flowers. Also really love that Lady in Black fuschia. Didn’t know there were ones that climbed. So at 3 years, you’re just beginning to train it – so not a monster? And sounds like it grows good in a pot. Oh, I’m very interested in that one.

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  16. Paddy

    Your fuchsia magellania looks stunning! My grandparents used to grow fuchsias – I remember being in their garden as a child and ‘popping’ the buds so they opened…. not sure Grandad was all that impressed though!


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