Summer hanging on – Six on Saturday – 20 October 2018

Summer hanging on – Six on Saturday – 20 October 2018

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I’ve been away for the last three weekends, having fun on crafting adventures with the Women’s Institute and supporting my husband and pals running a half marathon for the motor neurone disease association. So I’ve not had much time for major work in the garden – I did manage to get out and photograph some of the plants. The weather is still rather odd in Manchester – warmer than it should be at this time of year so flowers are still going strong…Here’s my six on saturday choices.

1. Argyranthemum – Marguerite Daisy

marguerite – pale yellow

I have two of these daisies on my front porch in pots – I don’t know the specific variety as I think they were from B&Q with no tag. They’ve been very happy this year especially in the blazing sunshine and heat of June/July. Now to try and keep them alive over the winter.

2. Hydrangea Panticulata – Limelight

hydrangea limelight white flower head with pink tinges

hydrangea limelight pink 20 October 2018

This hydrangea appeared a few weeks ago for a six on Saturday – it fades from a very pale lime green to creamy white then these pink tinges. Beautiful. Here it is from September (it’s a different flower head but you get the idea).

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' with Lavender

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ with lavender

3. Rockrose and succulents in a hanging basket

rock rose in a hanging basket (and an errannt buttercup!)

Our house gets full sun at the front for most of the day; when the sun’s out and not raining – it is Manchester after all. We’d already decided to put succulents and other more drought tolerant plants in our baskets because the fuchsias and more typical bedding plants had struggled. So we were on the lookout for some suitable plants. My Chap suggested rock rose too – so in it went. It was a good thing we planted the baskets like this as we had 8 weeks of the high 20s/early 30s temperatures in June/July. It took a great deal of watering to keep our small garden alive – so I was pleased how these plants survived and thrived. I wish I’d taken photos at the beginning of the summer as they’ve grown and spread. I’m hoping I can overwinter them too.

4. Honeysuckle – flowering!

This honeysuckle is flowering again – it didnt flower much this summer as it was just too hot.

But it’s flowering where it shouldn’t!

honeysuckle flowering 20 October 2018

Here’s the beginning of the honeysuckles growth around the watering can pole in May 2017. The honeysuckle is ‘supposed’ to be growing along the fence about four feet away.

May 2017 – honeysuckle and the watering can

I think I’ll leave it until next year to decide what to do with the honeysuckle. I’ve got a cutting going well in another pot just in case.

5. Perennial Wallflower – still flowering

wallflower – with Lensbaby Trio 28 – Sweet

My perennial wallflower has definitely been just that… it’s been flowering since April; it needed some watering in the very hot weather but otherwise has been a glorious show. It’s been in many vases of flowers this summer. It’s down near the arbour at the bottom of the garden.

a. Lensbaby – Trio 28

My Chap bought me a new camera lens for my birthday and anniversary. It’s a Lensbaby Trio 28, which has three rotating lenses with special effects – Sweet, Velvet and Twist. So I decided to practice today on some plants I photograph fairly often. The ‘Sweet’ effect is a central focus with an expanding blur – it’s a fully manual lens so I’m still getting the hang of lighting. I think this looks OK for a first go. I’ll report back.

b. Gardening Photography

One of the things I promised myself this year was to give myself time and space to learn to take better flower photos. I went on a gardening photography course with Janet Broughton in July – we learnt about Aperture. She is a very skilled still life, garden and landscape photographer. I learnt so many gardening photography techniques that day. Janet is very skilled at using Lensbaby lens too – I’d never heard of them until I found her work a year or so ago. This reminds me, I need to write about that course – I learnt so much. It will be good to look back over photographs taken at a 15th Century manor house in the height of summer. I’ve been joining in with her weekly photo challenges too.

Do look up some of the Lensbaby photographers online.
Have at Janet’s work too, it’s stunning (Janet hasn’t asked me to write about her or her work btw). She’s at:

6. Virginia creeper – all gone

Virginia creeper – 20 October 2018

Virginia creeper side fence 20 October 2018

There are some berries but not many…. yes it’s been wet in Manchester this weekend.

viginia creeper stems and small black berries

Virginia creeper side 20 October 2018

Here’s the transformation from a month ago:

virginia creeper on a wall turning red

virginia creeper – Parthenocissus quinquefolia – 22 September 2018

virginia creeper red on wall

virginia creeper on our neighbour’s wall – 29th September 2018

virginia creeper red 6 10 2018

Virginia creeper 6 October 2018

I’ve enjoyed taking photographs of the creeper as it has changed colour – it’s reminded me to concentrate on being in the moment, being mindful and taking one day at a time.


As usual, I am connecting with JJ from the Propagator Blog – he’s got a lovely butterfly shot, dahlias and an update on how his compost heaps are doing. The beautiful and the mundane – all part of gardening – and you need the planning and preparation to enjoy the beauty.

Do have a look at his latest post Six on Saturday 20 10 2018 and catch up with the gardeners around the world.

This week I shall mostly be planting bulbs and cutting back 🙂 leaving the errant honeysuckle though 😉 It deserves its chance.


What have you noticed changing this week? what do you think about photography lens effects?

Have a good week everyone,

Carpe Diem

Love Bec xxx xxx


  1. Lora Hughes
    22/10/2018 / 1:19 pm

    That hydrangea’s metamorphosis is really something else. I’ve not been attracted to many green flowers, but you may’ve converted me. The succulent/rock rose baskets are really lovely, too.

    • 22/10/2018 / 2:38 pm

      Thank you 🙂 it’s a really beautiful delicate hydrangea – the flower head looks awesome when it dries out too 🙂

      • Lora Hughes
        22/10/2018 / 4:07 pm

        I’m going to pretend my MUST HAVE list is too long. 😉

  2. 22/10/2018 / 2:40 pm

    The shot of the perennial wallflower looks amazing!

  3. 22/10/2018 / 2:58 pm

    I really need to get out and do the final all round mow of the year and tidy up before the really cold weather sets in here. I too saw some flowering honeysuckle today and thought that was rather odd!

  4. 22/10/2018 / 7:14 pm

    You snapped some really cool pictures of plants, I am loving the weather as it lately as I am not ready for the full on cold yet.

  5. Helen
    22/10/2018 / 7:15 pm

    What a beautiful range of plants and flowers you have! I wish my garden was more colourful 🙂

  6. 22/10/2018 / 7:33 pm

    It’s lovely to still see such beautiful colours still at this time of year, I only realised the other day that you can still get hanging baskets at this time of yours, yours are stunning.

  7. 22/10/2018 / 8:59 pm

    You’ll be pleased to know I’ve cut back my lavender and planted my bulbs for next year. I bought a pack of RHS bee friendly ones, I\m hoping to have all the bees in my garden next year. Talk about things still flowering, my Oxeye Daisies have gone mad since the heatwave was over. I cut a few back because it’s starting to get chilly here. I don’t want them to get damaged.

  8. 23/10/2018 / 9:00 am

    I love the smell of honeysuckle! We have 2 in our garden. I also love the virginia climber. What a beautiful red colour for the autumn.

  9. 23/10/2018 / 10:51 am

    Such a beautiful garden. I particularly love the hydrangea.

  10. 23/10/2018 / 8:48 pm

    hydrangeas are such a lovely flower, they remind me of my childhood as my Mum had two huge ones out in the front garden. The were FULL of colour each year

  11. 23/10/2018 / 10:23 pm

    Wow, now I am so eager to start my own garden. All of the flowers are beautiful and each of them is unique, I love how the hydrangea changes colours, mind-blowing

  12. 24/10/2018 / 2:15 pm

    Those rock roses are beautiful and I just love hydrangeas – so pretty!

  13. 27/10/2018 / 7:26 pm

    Love the ‘Limelight’ photos. As I grow older, I’m beginning to rethink my flowerbeds and moving toward planting loveliness in the form of bushes in the outlying areas of my yard. Hydrangeas are becoming my favorite.

    • 29/10/2018 / 8:17 pm

      we’ve got shurbs in most of our garden – they’re less work for sure. There are some stunning hydrangeas around. we have three in our garden. Hope you find something you love for your garden 🙂

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