This is not a good week for my Six on Saturday. The first three are of pansies; and the last two are of gladiolus. That is not much variety. Posting six pictures of different cultivars of roses or rhododendrons is somehow different and more interesting.

I did not get out enough to get many good pictures this week. I work inside for part of the week, and needed to stay in for Thursday as well. I got outside only on Wednesday and Friday.

1. Pansies are slowly succumbing to the warmth of spring and early summer. They can continue to perform as long as they like, we will not be replacing them with any warm season annuals.00627-1

2. Pansies are even prettier up close. Foliage was unusually sparse among this group, even prior to spring. Pansies had never stayed so late before. I would not have guessed that they could.00627-2

3. Pansy is one of the favorite flowers of my colleague down south. Although he does not use many at work, or even in his home garden, he always grows one pot full of them through winter.00627-3

4. Alstroemeria, which are also known as Peruvian lilies, do very well here. I do not remember if this is pink or ‘peachy’. I believe it is ‘peachy’. There are also yellow alstroemeria here.00627-4

5. Gladiola is one of my favorite summer bulbs, but I have not planted any in many years. They are not reliably perennial here. However, this orange gladiola has bloomed for several years.00627-5

6. Gladiola, now that I think about it, is actually my favorite summer bulb, rather than just one of my favorites. This purple gladiola has bloomed as long as the other, only in a different area.00627-6

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


37 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Housebound

    1. Thank you; but I would have preferred to get some more interesting pictures. There is plenty out there. I just have not been out there to get pictures of it. I should also get some pictures of the forest. I do not need to go to work for that.

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    1. Wine barrels used to be more common decades ago, when there were still so many wineries here. Paul Masson used to put their used barrels out at the road for anyone who wanted them. There was a guy in our neighborhood who took a few at a time, and cut them in half to sell. It was worth a few bucks to get them already halved. They do not last long, but they were inexpensive.

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      1. Oh, that! Yes, it was in a Six on Saturday, and I was sort of making fun of a barrel from French wine, here in California, not far from a region that was formerly famous for wine.

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    1. I just mentioned to someone else that one of the many advantages to inheriting bulbs that someone else planted is that I get to work with all these wild colors that I never would have selected. I am none too keen on purple, but I am pleased that someone else was while selecting the bulbs.


  1. What are you talking about, leading us to believe you had nothing but duds? These are gorgeous! Especially the glads, one of my favorites, even if I have few.

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    1. Well, I would have preferred to get pictures of six different flowers, and omitted the pansies that should not be here anyway. I got a picture of pansies earlier, and believe at the time that it would be the last.


    1. Thank you. If I had my choice, I would prefer violas too. These are at work, where we grow what is more appealing to the public, rather than what we would select for our own gardens. There are still violas in hanging pots, although I did not get any pictures of them.

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    1. But not at the same time. Pansies should be long gone by now. I am none too keen on pansies, but it is not easy to dislike them while they are so pretty . . . and even as they become not so pretty. Even as they deteriorate, they still look happy. Glads are rad! I do not grow them only because they are not reliably perennial. However, I would grow them again, even if only as annuals. They are one flower that happens to look excellent in white! Someone sent me a perennial species of gladiolus last year, so I am hoping that they will bloom later in the summer.

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      1. Agreed — and pansies have a relatively short life. A friend of mine had “pansy wars” when he was little — not quite sure how that worked, but the front yard pansies fought the back yard pansies!

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      2. I think their season is even shorter there than it is here. That is why my colleague does not use them much at work, even though he really enjoys a pot of them in his own garden.


  2. love that orange glad! i’ve planted some orange gladioli this year, i hope they are as good as that one. they seem to be reliably perennial here, so i’m hoping to build a few good groups of them.

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    1. I would like to take credit for it. I did actually plant orange and yellow gladiolus at a former garden at the recommendation of a neighbor years ago. It was a half and half mix of solid yellow and solid orange. They looked great, and fit the home better than what I would have selected.


    1. Even when I worked with them as a cut flower crop decades ago, they were planted as semi mature plants. I do not know why. Cut flower crops are more easily planted as bare root bulbs (or equivalent of bulbs). I have never seen them as such in nurseries. They are only available as mature plants. When we dig and relocate ours, they are mostly dormant. There is no need to be neat about it either. We just dig them and bury them where we want them to grow. They are so floppy that I do not care which way is up.

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