Six-on-Saturday 24-12-2022

It’s another Single-on-Saturday and will be for the next few weeks. I admire those of you who are managing the full half-dozen. Anyway, thank you for the concern shown by many of you about my unsuccessful and unplanned skating attempt last week but I am absolutely fine.

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I can hear you saying “What? Not even a real tree!” That’s as may be, but it sheds the occasional needle so it’s fine by me. πŸ™„πŸ˜‰πŸ€­

Have a lovely Christmas. We are lucky, as usual, being fed and looked after by Mr and Mrs Propagator and their delightful family. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ½πŸ—πŸ₯•πŸ₯•πŸ₯”πŸ₯¦πŸŽ‚πŸ₯΄πŸ˜πŸŽ…πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ„

Six-on-Saturday 17-12-2022

Silly me…forgot the date so will rewrite it. I have changed to Single-on-Saturday, although I could do : 1) snow on the tamarisk tree, 2) snow on the robin, 3) snow on the greenhouse, 4) snow on the wheelbarrow, 5) snow on the herb garden, 6) mushy pelargoniums. πŸ˜―πŸŒ¬β˜ƒοΈ

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SNOW! I will not venture out unless it thaws. I went for a short walk on Tuesday and was fine until I passed where someone had cleared their drive and the pavement, but didn’t salt the pavement!! Falling down wasn’t so bad but can YOU get up when your wellies have no purchase on the ground? Anyway, with the help of TWO people, I regained the vertical with only my dignity dented. 🀬🀬😠🀭 Nothing to do with old age, of course.

Have a good weekend, maybe not in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ ( I’m sure he is still out running!)

Six-on-Saturday 17-12-2022

Sorry, this should be Single-on-Saturday. πŸ€­πŸ˜‰ Well, I could do: 1) snow on the tamarisk tree, 2) snow on the wheelbarrow, 3) snow on the rose bushes, 4) snow on the greenhouse, 5) snow on the herb garden and finish with 6) mushy pelargoniums…….but I won’t.

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SNOW! I am not going out unless it thaws, I’m afraid. I went for a short walk on Tuesday and was so careful until someone had cleared their path and pavement but not gritted/salted the pavement! πŸ˜±β˜ƒοΈ Falling over wasn’t so bad, but have you tried standing up when you can get no purchase under your wellies? So with the assistance of TWO people I achieved vertical with only my dignity dented. 🀬🀬😠…….nothing to do with old age. πŸ™„πŸ€”πŸ˜

Have a good weekend, possibly not in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ ( I bet he is still out running.)

Six-on-Saturday 10-12-2022

Right, I will be more careful this week and do the correct link on the correct day. Beautiful frosty mornings but nearly all flowers brown and drooping. πŸ₯€β˜Ή Never mind, on to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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That was a beautiful, mauve penstemon last week.

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……and now the hydrangea doesn’t have the deep red flowerheads of last week.

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However, the frost on the edge of the euonymous leaves looks nice.

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Those were in the front garden, but in the back, the black rudbeckia seed heads look rather different when frosted.

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Last night wasn’t as cold as the previous nights here but the lawn, flowerbeds and wheelbarrow are frosted over.

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We see fewer birds in the garden these days but this pretty much stays put.

That’s it again. Have a good weekend in your garden, without too much snow. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸŒ¬β˜ƒοΈ

Six-on-Saturday 03-12-2022

Well, I know, not really Saturday but surely it’s still Saturday somewhere in the world. I was too cold and grumpy yesterday to make the effort, but was more grumpy yesterday evening having not made the effort. ☹

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The white cyclamen are just as good in close-up as the purple ones.

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The berries are darkening slowly. I think this euonymous keeps its leaves over the winter…..we shall see.

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The clematis will lose its leaves but I think it looks quite pretty just now.

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In the back garden, the spirea is quite a pale shade and the Rhapsody in Blue has one last bloom.

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I noticed these golden leaves a couple of days ago when there were more of them.

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Yes, the roses 🌹 keep on and on…….so do the dandelions and the Cerinthe Major seedlings.

That’s it. I feel much better now. 😁 Have a good rest of the weekend. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Six-on-Saturday 26-11-2022

Anyone else wondering how they can keep on finding items for Six-on-Saturday over the next few weeks? I may have a rest in a few week’s time, we shall see. The trouble is that I don’t have a huge range of different varieties. I don’t remember such difficulties in the last 4 or 5 years though. Here we go then.

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This is one of two surviving cuttings from a rubber plant we bought about 45 years ago. It is quite healthy but…….

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……….removing it from its container, I think it is a bit pot bound!

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The crabapple tree is a lovely splash of colour. A couple of years ago, I made crabapple jelly which was quite labour intensive and time-consuming to get a jar and a half of sweet jelly with very little flavour. Last year I left the fruit for the birds but I don’t think they were overly impressed with the flavour either. Meanwhile, you may notice I have cut back the huge gaura stems. They last for a long time but they had exhausted all the flowers so time for its winter rest for at least it’s 10th season.

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A different penstemon close up. The roses and penstemons keep colour going in the garden nearly all year.

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Talking of roses, another bud on the Rhapsody in Blue.

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The Christmas (?) Cactus has been lovely but is just starting to “turn”.

Have a good weekend in your garden. I don’t think the forecast is too bad. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸ¦πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Six-on-Saturday 19-11-2022

It’s “Close-up” week this week. πŸ€” Yes, I’m getting a bit desperate trying to find something new. Let’s start.

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The pelargoniums are now providing the majority of the colour in the garden. I put the trough and the hanging baskets into the greenhouse after hearing the warnings of frost last night. I don’t think it was too heavy though.

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The penstemon in the front garden has started flowering again.

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The hydrangea gets darker and darker. In fact this isn’t a true indication of its “darkness”.

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This Salvia Hot Lips has been beautiful all summer and is showing no signs of stopping.

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The colours of these cyclamen are so intense. The leaves are beautiful too.

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I was concerned that the Cerinthe Major over the other side of the garden had been cut back too soon and wouldn’t seed itself down again…….I was wrong. πŸ™„ Last time I mowed the lawn, I noticed several seedlings actually in the grass, not to mention this one in the pot with the penstemon!

Another week closer to Christmas πŸŽ„ 😱 , so time to start buying presents. Meanwhile, have a good weekend, I hope none of you are badly affected by the heavy rain. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ¦πŸ›πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Six-on-Saturday 12-11-2022

Another busy weekend but we mustn’t miss Six-on-Saturday. Mostly indoor activity since outside is getting rather uninteresting.

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Usually by this time of year there is a flower stem appearing on this mostly ignored orchid. There is a new leaf and plenty of roots, but is it the end for this 10 year old plant?

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Just when outside plants are giving up flowering, the “Money plant” is about to burst forth!

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The Ficus Benjamina seems to be quietly getting on with being an attractive, slow-growing plant that needs little attention. Should I remove the non-variegated leaves?

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…….and still the roses produce a good display.

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Not open yet but looking good.

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Which is the better gardening helper?

Well, another week goes by and another one of our lovely grandsons has graduated πŸŽ“. Our daughter from Dubai and her husband came over to watch the ceremony in Bristol. We are very lucky and it is good to see them all doing so well.

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ¦πŸ›πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Six-on-Saturday 05-11-2022

We have our daughter from Dubai staying with us, plus a grandson and our son is coming today to mend a broken, concrete step. So no more preamble, on with this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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The Apple of Peru plant is quietly showing the occasional flower. None of them have grown to shrub size this year, but a couple are providing a bit of pale purple in the garden.

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This was in a hanging basket a couple of years ago. I plonked in a bare spot in the flowerbed and it has been quite happy all year. It shows the occasional pale yellow flower but the foliage is far more attractive.

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It was only a couple of months ago that we removed all the ivy that was trying to work it’s way into the house. Up the stepladder again this week then.

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I noticed a Christmas cactus in last week’s Six-on-Saturday, so went to check mine……very exciting!

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The “hedge” fuchsia whose leaves were a sad, light brown colour during the summer, is now looking a lovely, healthy green. 😁

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This time last year there were just a few hollyhock leaves and we all know how they developed!! Something is doing its best to thwart their progress but we shall see what happens. πŸ€”πŸ˜―

That’s it again for another week. I’m off to make mushroom soup for lunch, (very easy recipe) so enjoy the weekend and keep your pets inside tonight. πŸ’₯πŸŽŠπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ¦πŸ›πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Six-on-Saturday 29-10-2022

The garden is still looking quite colourful but there’s very little variety in my selection of plants. Let’s carry on regardless.

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Yesterday evening I noticed the sun on this tree down the road from our house. I think I say most years how pretty the trees are around us in the autumn πŸ‚.

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The spinach in the fruit cage has been very good for months. It is slightly tougher than the young leaves were but still very tasty.

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This rudbeckia is on the opposite, shadier side of the garden from the one I showed last week. It is about half the height of the other, the flowers are much smaller and it doesn’t look as though it will lose the petals on the smaller heads for a good while yet. (The verbena boniarensis keeps getting in on the act!)

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The beautiful Rhapsody in Blue goes on and on. I hadn’t noticed the white flecks in the centre before, maybe they weren’t on the earlier blooms.

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The Mexican Orange blossom is better now than earlier in the year. However, it’s only flowering in the top, righthand corner.

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Drum roll, trumpet fanfare!!! I didn’t expect this! I had to remove a black and yellow caterpillar before I took the photo, but at least he hadn’t chewed the flower itself.

That’s it again. The darker evenings are upon us ☹, but it’s only about 8 weeks until the days are on the turn. 😁 Have a good weekend. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ¦‹πŸ¦πŸ›πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ