We had rain, rain, rain yesterday, although, the water barrels were not quite filled to the top. Fortunately the thunder and lightning that was forecast did not materialise. I am looking forward to seeing the effect of this rain on various parts of the garden – the lawn, the courgettes, the vegetable seeds and the strawberries plus other plants.
Meanwhile, back to this week’s Six-on-Saturday, perhaps not as colourful as usual.
I hope you can see that the water barrel is nearly full. How can I get excited about that? Sad, but I am sure you understand!
Now, I wanted a red clematis a few years ago so I ordered a pack of four, which should have included a red one, except there was one white and three pale pink but no red.
So, I saw this (without the blooms, of course) in the local Aldi store last week and thought it was just what I wanted. Do those look like “Petunia red” flowers to you? That is in the description and on the photo on the label! Never mind, I will find a place for it and keep searching!
The hydrangea, whose individual flowerhead I showed a few weeks ago, is getting into full swing and looking good. Behind it is a perennial geranium which needs to be trimmed, but in the front you can see the previously trimmed ones coming back again.
The courgette flowers are a lovely shade of yellow. The vegetable itself is beginning to fill out but can’t be seen under the greenery! (Stuffed courgettes are Granny’sGardenHimIndoors’ favourite summer dish!)
The flecks on the leaves are from the Tamarix tree. I haven’t shown it over the last couple of months because as soon as the pink “turns”, there is just a brown mass of slowly drying blossom which covers me and everything nearby and gets in my hair every time I go down the garden! It will look fine soon.
The runner beans’ flowers have been showing for a little while but are then being eaten by something before the beans form. However, they have perked up a bit since the rain ……..but still no obvious beans. The penstemon continues to flower and responds well to deadheading but doesn’t really tone in with the colour of the beans but really I am happy with any colour in the garden.
What would you use these three items for?
First, who will admit to recognising the curved “pins” at the top? Yes, your granny probably had a set of Carmen heated rollers – Mrs Thatcher, apparently, swore by them. Well, these roller pins are useful to peg down fleece or plant protectors (my Perspex domes have holes in the rim which are for this purpose).
Second, that is not just for hammering stakes into the ground, it is also useful for trying to break up great lumps of clay when I attempt to dig in the garden!!!
Third, these secateurs are for removing weeds from the clay soil, or rather cutting them off at the base when I have exhausted all other methods of removing them and completely given up trying to get the roots out of that clay soil. (Have I mentioned the clay soil enough?!)
I hope the garden benefits from the rain yesterday and the flowers perk up. Looking forward to seeing your Sixes-on-Saturday – if you have had time to do photographs after that marathon Men’s Wimbledon semi-final!