I nearly forgot it was Saturday! I can cope with being retired and every day being a holiday but when Bank Holidays are put into the mix, it is most disconcerting.
We were out all morning so I’m a little later than usual. We had a very good Christmas Day with Mr Propagator and family. They really spoiled us with an excellent meal and generous presents. I had a guided tour of the compost heap and can report that it was steaming away nicely but Mr P decided not to cook the turkey in it, although it can be done if it is left in for a couple of days, apparently.
Anyway, here is my Six-on-Saturday for this week.
Boxing Day was spent with our #1 son. Again, excellent fayre and great company. Our main present from our son and daughter-in-law was a large hamper, or rather a home made tray (see above) full of all sorts of “goodies”!
This garden notebook – which I have claimed and Granny’sGardenHimIndoors has claimed the packs of golf balls and tees – was on the top. There were wines, cheeses, sweets, bath salts and biscuits and other stuff. I only thought I should have taken a photo before I emptied it, after I emptied it! The base itself is an ideal, large size seed tray which I will put to good use in the spring.
This is the pruned, miniature kiwi fruit plant. It was rather straggly before. It is suggested that one main stem should be kept but there are a couple of other stems which have green buds on so they have stayed. The trellis needs a new strut – the missing one was completely rotten. They have lasted quite well…. I think I made them about 8 or 9 years ago.
My collection of smashed eggshells ready to put on my raised bed to deter the slugs – we shall see!
These are photos of “anticipation”. The sweet peas are in the toilet rolls and the broad beans are in the seed tray below. I sowed them this week but they are not new ones so I will give them a month or so, then, if nothing appears, I will buy some new seeds.
The Cerinthe Major is looking very good. There are several “patches” of them around the garden. They need to be thinned out but not yet.
A few things to mention here :- the pruned rose near the front of the photo is that lovely “Peace” rose. That obelisk was supposed to be covered in sweet peas last summer, but it didn’t happen. If I am unsuccessful growing them from seeds, I will buy some plants. There are some forget-me-nots around the garden although I pulled ALL of them up earlier in the year! The shrub behind had 2 barrowloads of cuttings taken from it a few days ago. As a result, I had a happy half hour shredding them later.
That’s it for 2018! Happy New Year and see you next year.🌸🏵🌻🍇🍅🍓🎆🎉