Six-on-Saturday 07-03-2020

We had a few most enjoyable, but very wet, days in Cornwall this week. The hotel is attached to a golf course and the course never closes. The greenkeepers must get very frustrated seeing the state it gets into from guests simply walking on it, or rather sliding across it! Anyway, we had a very relaxing time and came back to glorious sunshine here yesterday.

Time for this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

1)

I didn’t realise I had a white crocus. A bit lonely but rather pretty.

2)

Just behind the crocus, the rhubarb is progressing albeit slowly. A few weeks until I can make a crumble. It is being sold in the shops for £8.50 a kilogram…..I think we will wait.🤔

3)

Daisies! I will mow the lawn later today if the rain keeps away. When we were young, my sister and I would rush out to pick all the daisies before our father could run the mower over them. Then we would make daisy chains which were always shrivelled up by the end of the day. (Yes, there were mowers in those days, thank you, but not electric or motorised ones.)

4)

We have broccoli!! I know that the fruit cage(s) are not completed as they should be, but at least we should get a few pickings soon. This year’s broccoli seeds have not germinated yet although the Brussels are growing quite well in the greenhouse.

5)

The pale green shoots in the middle of the picture are the dicentra spectabilis which I usually forget about until it is in bloom. I’ll keep an eye on it this year. (I’ve just noticed the cane-topper and the fallen cane which I used to support the plant last year.)

6)

That “red” clematis which I was initially so disappointed with due to it not really being a proper red, is growing well with lots of buds. The more observant of you may have noticed a dishwasher pipe-support in the picture. Now, you remember a few weeks ago I showed you a use for a spare dishwasher-salt funnel (filling toilet roll holders with compost for the sweet pea seeds), well, I thought how easy it would be for someone* to accidentally tread on and ruin the clematis stem. Going round the garage looking in all the drawers and on all the shelves for ideas of how to protect it, I noticed a couple of these. Perfect.👍😃 Should I paint it, stain it, crochet a cover for it………..no, I will wait for the surrounding plants to provide their own cover. The cat-mint nearby takes over most things, so that should do nicely. 🤭😉

*No, not Grannysgardenhimindoors (he’s not allowed on the flowerbeds). I have been known to step back straight onto a precious plant when admiring something else in the garden! Silly me. 👩‍🌾😬

Enjoy your weekend.

15 thoughts on “Six-on-Saturday 07-03-2020

  1. We actually had some dry weather yesterday here too! Though still extremely windy! Looks like there is a lot of new growth in your photos and no bittercress! My lawn daisies are flowering already too! If only all my plants were as sturdy. Have a great weekend GG. I might risk popping over to Trelissick for a walk in the garden there, if the rain holds off.

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    1. Looking at the forecast, you are due even more very windy weather. It may help to start drying the ground. I don’t suffer from bittercress – clay soil, wild garlic and celandine are enough to contend with.

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  2. Using the pipe support is such a great idea to protect the plant! I’m sure there are a couple around in the shed….. I missed the other tip, so will have to go back and read it! It looks as if you will have a good rhubarb crop this season!

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    1. It’s not worth the trouble of searching for really. I used a spare dishwasher-salt funnel to guide compost into the toilet rolls where I planted the sweet pea seeds. We always have a good rhubarb crop if the weather is not too dry!! I put manure around it each year and it seems to thrive.

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  3. Smart idea to use this pipe support! But I just have one and it’s used behind my dishwasher. I often use a broken terra-cotta pot or a roof tile.
    It’s good news to see your broccoli. The fruit cage was useful, I bet.
    I come back from my potager and this evening it will be Brussels sprouts on my plate (the last ones …)

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  4. £8.50 for kilo? Goodness, we should be selling our rhubarb to our neighbours instead of giving it away! 😁
    I remember making daisy chains as a child – and my children did that too. I wonder if my grandchildren do this as well, something I have ner thought to ask.
    That’s such a good idea for protecting the clematis – I have a couple that trail along the ground that I often tramp on, that would be the answer.

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    1. Our grandchildren enjoy making daisy chains, when in season – it doesn’t seem to go out of fashion. I think Fred suggested using broken terracotta pots which I think would be much prettier to protect the clematis stem.

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  5. £8.50 a kilo for rhubarb seems like highway robbery (as my mother used to say) and that’s nearly $17 dollars for us. An enormous amount of money for something that so many people can grow in their back yards. Not me though. I killed mine, probably by overwatering and gave up growing it after that. We rarely see daisies in lawns and I think that’s a shame as they look so pretty.

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  6. Your MrGranny’s garden must have the same size feet as Mr S….He too is only allowed on the paths and stepping stones, and only by invitation! Your clematis looks in good form, looking forward to you posting a bloom or two later in the year.

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    1. Keep mine and Mr S’s feet out if it. Mine are particularly neat especially when I wear my ballet shoes to flit amongst the daisies like a butterfly.

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  7. Many years ago I decided to put the rhubarb in the “soft fruit” area of the bottom of the garden. That year, I had hardly any decent sticks so I moved them back into the flowerbeds. They have been brilliant since then.

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