Six On Saturday – September 8

September shall henceforth be known as Dahlia Days (or Daze) here at Coppertop. Dahlias and much else are featured in my Six today.

ONE —  We’ll start today right at the front door. Welcome! I’m enjoying these pots of annuals with their vibrant gaura, coleus, and bacopa.frontfrontpot


TWO —  In the perennial beds, New England asters are about to burst into bloom. The stars of the garden right now are the graceful Japanese anemones which grow in clumps in various beds. Some blooms are singles and some are more ruffled. My white Honorine Jobert are settling in this first year at the front of the house and will bloom next year.anem1anem2anem3anem4


THREE — Down in the cutting beds, this dahlia, Fired Up, has returned strong this year. She also looks great mixed with pale yellow cactus dahlias and the multi-toned All That Jazz dahlia. Look closely and you’ll see we finally got a sprinkling of rain on the deck, but we need much, much more.fired upvase


FOUR —  Sadly, we are nearing the end of the 2018 Marionberry (blackberry) season. These gigantic berries are some of the last.mberrymberry2


FIVE —  In an effort to protect my favorite, new black and white Anemone coronaria bulbs from freezing, and since their foliage faded, I decided to dig the corms. Wow, have they beefed up this growing season! I’m so glad this is one plant that the voles don’t nibble on at all. I’ll store them and start in pots in time to get them into the garden in the spring. I’m STILL cutting the blue Mr. Fokker variety to bring indoors thanks to their super long blooming season.digdig2anemMF


SIX —  The vegetable garden continues to produce like gangbusters. Harvesting, end-of-summer planting, and lots of clean up have kept me busy. I’ve got my eye on this giant Sweet Meat squash and four of his fellows. These are heirloom squash originating from Oregon and are purported to have the most delicious flesh and excellent keeping quality. I’m pleased with how well they’re doing in our cool climate.sweetmeat

Six on Saturday is a weekly group effort by garden bloggers from all over the globe hosted kindly by The Propagator from his corner of England. The comment section of his post contains links to gorgeous gardens. Visit, or join in!

26 thoughts on “Six On Saturday – September 8

  1. These dahlias are getting silly! Yours still look much better than ours do! Ours are already mildewing. The berries is something that I would expect to do very well there, as well as the Japanese anemone. I happen to like the Japanese anemone, particularly in white. It looks right at home in the redwood forest.

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  2. When the Dahlias start flowering it’s hard for anything else to compete. I’m so glad they’re back to being acceptable, or perhaps they didn’t fall out of favour over there in the same way? For a long time the only Dahlia allowed by the style police here was ‘Bishop of Llandaff’.

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    • Oh but the natives or wilds are also delicious here! Pacific blackberries, Rubus ursinus, are amazingly flavorful. Marionberries are very yummy and huge, and provide a great depth of flavor, but folks here can be blackberry snobs and prefer the wild over other, less tasty hybrids. (Himalayan blackberries, Rubus armeniacus, are not so yummy, and of course grow like weeds in wicked brambles everywhere.)

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  3. Your blackberries are huge! They look a little like mine (‘Jumbo’) and how is (was 😁) the taste?
    I also liked the blue anemone .. a lack in my garden because I also grow anemone coronaria but mine are white and red .. still shopping to do!

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    • This is my first year with the coronaria and I’m hooked! Don’t you want to add blue and have your French flag?? I’m adding Sylphide, a deep pink, to the line up — shopping is complete! Marionberries (originally from Marion County, Oregon) are rich and sweet. Some folks call them the Cabernet of blackberries. The long row was already planted when we moved in, so we are fortunate. I’ll have to look up your Jumbos…

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      • ‘jumbo’ are sweet too, but I can‘t find the taste of blackberries that we can pick up in the woods. Advantage: big fruits, no dirty hands after picking and no thorns. I come back from a garden center and I thought of you (I bought blue anemones, among many other bulbs !!) – A blanda ‘blue shades’

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  4. I have a thornless blackberry in my garden and it has given me lots of fruit – blackberry and apple crumble has been on the menu for a couple of weeks already, but I do still like the wild blackberries. They have a different flavour.

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  5. Wow, those dahlias are impressive. Our white Japanese anemone hasn’t flowered yet; it didn’t like hot summer. A great Six.


  6. Still plenty going on in your garden! Very colourful. I’m a little jealous of your dahlias, mine have been poor this year. I lost a lot in storage over the winter and the remainder have struggles in the crazy weather. I do have some signs of flowers now so perhaps all is not lost.


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