It’s been either too hot or too wet to do many useful things in the garden this week, so I’m starting with a few moans.😒 The gladioli have been beautiful……those that haven’t been pruned (by mistake) or wrecked by the torrential downpours we have had.
Meanwhile, next year, Plan C will be put into action for the broccoli and Brussels.
Plan A was ignore the lace effect, the sprouts and the purple broccoli will be fine….wrong, they weren’t last year.
Plan B was make sturdy fruit cages to cover the new plants until the leaves are mature enough to be less tasty and the plants are too tall for the cages……wrong, the caterpillars like the chewy, tougher leaves.
Plan C for 2021 is plant the broccoli and Brussels in the one fruit cage and less tasty (to the caterpillars) produce in the other. When the b and B are too tall, place the other open ended fruit cage on top of it and put the lid on! Can’t fail. 🙂😉🤔
On to this week’s Six-on-Saturday if there’s anyone still reading.
The Cornish Pixie fuchsia is quite settled between the persicaria and the revitalised dianthus. Some of the tips of the leaves of the persicaria are turning red….pretty.
Another tale of woe. I was digging out some of the mint in the herb garden next to the conservatory and there was this loud PING. I pulled out the fork and noticed one of the prongs still in the ground. It had caught under the base of the conservatory, not the stubborn mint root. I didn’t shift the building much in spite of eating a lot of spinach recently. 🦹♀️(No Popeye emoji.)
In spite of the Cabbage White’s best efforts, I can see some Brussels forming.
The aforementioned casualties this week.
The kiwi fruit plant looked very dead a couple of weeks ago but then I noticed tiny green shoots which are now big, healthy leaves. The fruits disappeared again early in the season even though I covered it with fleece every night.
Just a mixture of plants I like. You can see a nearly white penstemon at the right.
We had the usual enjoyable visit to Mr and Mrs Propagator last weekend. I was offered plants but I need to tidy before anything else is brought back.
I had a tour of the estate and all I can say to describe it is……well, there’s lush, lusher, lushest and Mr Propagator’s garden. Really healthy, varied plants, as I may have told you before.
Have a good weekend in your garden.