If you watched Gardener’s World yesterday, you would have seen the gentleman who grows sweet peas. Well, he was one of our neighbours about 45 years ago. 😲 Meanwhile, back to the present, the lovely nasturtiums are now covered in blackfly and the leaves have gone yellow, I don’t know why. As Mr Propagator mentioned recently, the gardens have run away completely but at least we have had enough rain to allow me to pull up the weeds which seem to replace themselves almost instantly. Enough moaning (who? me?) and on to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.
The Leucanthemum from those seeds Mr P gave me has burst into flower. (The one on the other side of the garden seems to be at least a fortnight behind this one.) The only trouble with this is the rather unpleasant – but, fortunately, very faint – smell. It reminds me of the Sea Holly I grew once ages ago, but that was a more powerful smell. Are they perennials or biennials? I will look it up, or, more likely, Google it.
The strawberry trough is no more. The first year it got the glare because all I harvested were about half a dozen fruits. The second year it got the first warning because there were only a couple, then this year I ate the one strawberry the same size as one of the garden peas I picked last week, so I didn’t bother with the final warning and just removed them. I have replanted 4 of them in the fruit garden among the blackcurrant twigs. These are the two Jumbo Pink Banana Squash plants. When I moved them, not all the roots stayed attached so I’m not sure whether they will survive.
3) Talking of blackcurrants…….
….yesterday’s harvest. The original blackcurrant bushes have done very well without the redcurrants crammed in behind them – I beat the birds this year. The few strawberries are from two old plants that continue to grow under the gooseberry bush and those are the first couple of raspberries that the birds missed, a few others have been sampled already. The gooseberries are the best yet, that is the first picking of kale and the first of the garlic. There was another picking of rhubarb as well later.
The first hollyhocks and the first gaura. I spent a long time in the spring putting all the hollyhocks at the back of the border. Unfortunately, some of them have crept back to the front while I wasn’t looking……but they are beautiful.
The astilbe from Mr Propagator several years ago does a little better each year.
I don’t know its name but what a stunning rose. It sounds daft but I’m sure you understand that sometimes a flower just stops you in your tracks and is quite breathtaking. I’ll say no more.
Have a good weekend in your garden, although some of you may be otherwise occupied on Sunday evening ⚽️ after an afternoon of 🎾. I’ll be 🍅🌹🦋👩🌾😁