Six On Saturday – June 27

It’s been a beautiful week here in Washington State. Summer in these parts is sublime, and I’m spending as much time as possible in the garden. Last week I wrote about whites in the garden. My Six today feature colorful blooms that have burst open in this week’s sunshine.

ONE – Munstead Wood roses by David Austin are winners due to their amazing color, performance, and fragrance. Here is one stem, and my trio of bushes.

TWO – Also in the rose garden on the side featuring magenta, orange, and peach blooms, the Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder and Lightning’ are a particularly gorgeous variety due to their variegated foliage.

THREE – Golden Celebration roses by David Austin have a delicious, citrusy scent. This trio of bushes is ready to burst.

FOUR – Near the pond, beneath the willow, a young Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Double Take Peach’ is holding onto its blossoms well.

FIVE – Up near the flat lawn area, this Weigela florida ‘Wine and Roses’ offers nice contrast in the border.

SIX – And finally to finish out this Six, over in the perennial beds this faithful bloomer, Weigela florida ‘Variegata’ delights us each year.

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31 thoughts on “Six On Saturday – June 27

  1. Golden Celebration practically makes me swoon. It is such a beautiful rose. My poor Variegated Weigla died back to the ground this winter. I thought that I had lost it totally but it came back. It is a shrub I have had for years and had never had such trouble with it.

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  2. Is Weigela florida ‘Variegata’ the same cultivar that has always been around?! I believe I remember it from about 1986 or so, and it was an old classic back then. The old classics are still my favorites. As much as I like flowering quince, and how modern cultivars are restoring their popularity, I am not impressed by the modern cultivars. They look like an otherwise dignified middle aged lady wearing a big wig and too much makeup.

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    • Maybe the Variegata is a tried and true variety — I really have no idea since it was here when we moved in 6 years ago. I think you generally go for the classics, Tony. I have some fun mixing old and new.

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      • Yes, actually, I have major difficulty trying anything new. That is why, when I lived in town, I took my neighbors requests and recommendations very seriously. They got me to grow a few modern varieties that I never would have tried on my own.

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  3. I love variegated leaves, and it looks so striking in the knautia. I have ‘Red Knight’ already though, and the flowers look the same.
    Other people’s roses always look so carefree and easy, but I know from experience roses are more work than I am willing to give!

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    • I felt the same way about roses until last year when we built our rose garden! They are hardy shrubs at heart and the right varieties don’t require much except for deadheading to get continual blooms and a yearly pruning. Months and months of blooms make them so worthwhile!


  4. The knautia is gorgeous. Those crimson blooms mix beautifully with the warmer coloured roses. They make a lovely combination. I saw your opening photograph and guessed it might be Munstead Wood. It’s a fab rose. I grow it too.

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  5. The thunder and lightning completely took my attention. I’ve not seen that before and it looks a little shorter and more solid – in the best possible way. I shall be investigating further. I keep trying not to buy any more roses but Munstead Wood keeps calling to me! Lovely.

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