We had a lovely day at Mr and Mrs P’s house yesterday and here are the gifts I have brought back.
Two Dianthus, two foliage plants (Mr P did tell me the name but I need to look it up to check) and two kale plants.
As always, we were well fed, watered and entertained. The garden is looking very lush, especially the foxgloves and black stockings…….NO, nothing to do with his wardrobe! (Bet you saw that coming!!)
Meanwhile, back in my garden the forget-me-nots are just about over but the roses have not started yet so there is not a lot of colour.
Here is my Six-on-Saturday for this week.
The nigella is an absolute pain – it appears everywhere, but is very pretty so I will just pull up the ones in the wrong place. The heuchera at the back turns up each season since we moved in 18 years ago, the Euonymous gets bigger and bigger and the potentilla, which I thought was on its way out, can just be seen on the left.
The sweet peas may not be that impressive but they have doubled in height since I put them in a couple of weeks ago.
The white foxgloves are in but may not flower this year. I put the seeds in the greenhouse last August and they germinated quickly but seemed to just stop for several months. I will look after them over winter and look forward to giant blooms next year!
I could only bear being in the very warm greenhouse for a couple of minutes a few days ago but our little cat slept very happily in there for at least 2 hours! Then did the same the next day. (The grass at the back is part of the attraction for him, apparently good to chew on.)
This poppy comes up each year. It seems to be a perennial one rather than self-seeded because it stays in the same place. It is often admired by passers-by and the seed pods have be given to many of them.
May I present to you…….🎆🎇🎺📣 (fireworks and fanfare!!)…the first fruit cage!! 😁😱 Admittedly, it took a whole afternoon, then I finished it off the next morning because I needed time to think how to wrap the wire mesh around it. I thought about using “hospital corners” for folding it at the ends, but decided to cut out the overlap and staple the ends to the frame. I know it looks quite simple and can’t compete with my Mark 1 original compost container, but the mesh was quite awkward to manoeuvre and the frame, while solid enough, needed to withstand me pressing down with my staple gun. I don’t want to use plastic or string mesh because I know birds can get their legs caught leading to a nasty injury or worse. Now I need to design another portable one, or two, to go over the broccoli plants.
I was talking about insect spray to Mr P yesterday and mentioned that I had found a “recipe” for a garlic*, mint and cayenne pepper homemade spray on the internet. Apparently, the smell discourages the insects and saves the plants! I don’t think I would fancy that smell either!
Anyway, that’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend in the garden.
*I won’t use the homegrown garlic, of course!