Six-on-Saturday 14-08-2021

Another brief post, we are going out this morning then getting ready for an invasion from our younger daughter and family who are over from Dubai. We haven’t seen her for 18 months. πŸ˜πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ

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Some of this week’s harvest. Many things haven’t succeeded, as I may have mentioned, but I planted and ignored a few old potatoes and was very pleased with the tubful in the picture. There won’t be any further chapters in the potato saga this year. There is the occasional, small crop of runner beans, a few raspberries each day and I’m hoping this is just the start of the courgettes.

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As promised last week, here is that compost container. It’s hiding behind a huge, self-seeded plant which appeared in the raspberry bed. πŸ€”

I thought these burgundy coloured plants were all the same but the seeds on one are quite different from the other.

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The gladioli have just started showing their colours! There is something grand and spectacular, I think, about them.

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Fred’s amaranthus and snapdragons and the obelisk without Fred Sweet peas. They have been beautiful.

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The rudbeckia will go on now for months and months.

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If you look very carefully, you can see some of the miniature Kiwi fruits. There are probably 20 or so, but they hide themselves at the back of the plant. I tried one this week but they aren’t ready yet. 🀒

That’s it again. The weather seems quite settled now. We will have a busy few days so not much will get done in the garden. Have a good weekend. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸ…

Six-on-Saturday 07-08-2021

Well, that picture of the kale last weekend was the last. In the next couple of days, the insects finished them off, similarly the broccoli, Brussels and Romanescu plants, they didn’t even get a chance to mature. 😱😬🀬☹ Hey-ho, but the Swiss Chard and raspberries are doing fine. The courgettes are growing slowly and the Jumbo Pink Banana Squash has another tiny one further up the stem. Flowers are mostly all right but deadheading takes over an hour to do properly.

After that cheerful start, here are this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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The Potentilla in the front garden has been pretty for a few weeks now.

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The first Japanese anemone has come into flower.

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The jackmanii continues to earn its keep.

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The Veronica collapses each season and I can’t find an elegant way of supporting it. The colour and look of the flowers means it stays. The heuchera beneath it comes back happily each year. I grew it from seed at least 10 years ago so it and a couple of others have done well.

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The crocosmia is a brighter orange than this. It’s colourful, easy to grow, comes back each year so I’m happy with it.

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I’m not sure what this is called but it’s doing very well now. Mr Propagator gave it to me a couple of years ago and it has settled in nicely.

A sneaky extra one.

Fred’s Sweet peas have been lovely for a few months now but I think it’s time they went into Mr P’s compost container. The main group of Sweet peas are the other side of the garden and are completely over, but the ones in the picture keep convincing me to leave them for another week. I will also leave those among the runner beans. They have provided a lovely perfume while I gather – or rather, try to find – the runner beans. Yes, the blackfly are swamping what are left once whatever it is has had its night-time feast on the tiny ones. πŸ™„πŸ˜¬

I can tell that you are wondering what my garden would look like without Fred’s Sweet peas, sunflowers, amaranthus and Mr Propagator’s salvias, climbing roses, courgette etc., etc. and, of course, that amazing compost container! (I will show that next week.) Well, it looked quite nice before, I did have many roses, penstemons and hollyhocks, but now every space is filled with more colour and interesting varieties. πŸ˜‰

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸ…πŸ›πŸœπŸπŸͺ³πŸͺ±πŸ¦ πŸŒβ˜Ή

Six-on-Saturday 31-07-2021

I was thinking that there is lots going on in the garden but not a lot to say about it. I may follow our leader’s example and be fairly brief.

Having said that, the main news this week was the total lack of promised rain here last weekend, although I think it all fell in the first 10 minutes where GGHI and I were playing golf yesterday. We did dry out before we finished, fortunately.

Here are this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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Wednesday’s harvest. The spinach and kale have been sampled by the local insect population, what they left tasted fine.

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I know, not roses again, but these buds looked so pretty, asking to be included.

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These two came from the same packet of superb-um seeds provided by Mr Propagator. Judging by those shown in previous weeks by other SoSers, they do vary in size and shape of petals.

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Well…..can you see it? No, not the little weed I missed when doing the patio πŸ™„πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ…….the first signs of a Jumbo Pink Banana Squash! There have been several flowers (very similar to the courgette flowers) but this is the first evidence of the fruit (?) or vegetable (?).

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Talking of courgettes, at last some look as though they may grow to full maturity and not shrivel away to a pathetic mess.

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The perennial sweet pea is looking good as usual but needs a lot of support. It really does best scrambling over a stone wall but I don’t have one handy. Oh, another rose. πŸ€”

That’s it again. We had a postcard from Mrs Propagator this week, they were having a good holiday so I hope the recent gales didn’t spoil it for them. I wonder what Mr Propagator’s garden will look like when they get back – even lusher, I expect.

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸ…

Six-on-Saturday 24-07-2021

No tall, dark, handsome grandsons this week, they are all off to the English Riviera with Mr Propagator. The garden has been watered and watered but is still looking a bit sorry for itself in places. I have been deadheading and path scraping which are time consuming but not exciting enough to put in the post, however, there is still plenty of colour.

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The bog standard hydrangea looks very pretty at this stage before it’s fully out – it looks quite good when it is fully out.

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One of Fred’s sunflowers. They have been coming out in stages providing a nice splash of yellow at the back of the borders.

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I showed the all red Hot Lips flowers a few weeks ago. Now they are nearly all white. Mr Propagator told me they are red when it’s cold and whiter when it gets hotter, if I remember correctly.

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Rather curly beans and Fred’s pretty Sweet peas in amongst them. Some of the beans are smothered in blackfly. I have cut off a few stems to remove them. The garlic/mint concoction has eaten through the plastic spray bottle but doesn’t seem to have had much effect on the blackfly. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ€”

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A couple of pretty roses just because they look nice. πŸ™‚

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Tomatoes beginning to show. Yes, they are late but the first lot of seeds didn’t germinate so by the time the second lot were sown, it was rather late in the season. (A rogue Apple of Peru seedling sneaking in. There have been none in the garden but I’ve pulled up a few in the greenhouse already.)

That’s this week’s Six-on-Saturday. The weather has turned suddenly cooler and rain threatens, fine for the garden but most of our grandchildren are on holiday, so not so good for them. I think next week should be fine but not as hot. Have a good weekend. πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

Six-on-Saturday 17-07-2021

Another tall, dark, handsome grandson’s coming to stay today so my SoS will be rather brief. Last week I showed the first hollyhocks, they are now taking over the flowerbeds and look very good too. On with Six-on-Saturday.

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The walls and mantlepiece are not pink so I don’t know what happened here. The roses are pink though.

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The jackmanii is really filling out now.

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The rest of the garlic harvest. The first one was disappointing in size but the flavour was fine. These are all better.

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This combination looks lovely in the garden but the colours haven’t come out as well in the photo. Before I get any complaints, I know that is a weed with the pelargonium but it has had a reprieve while it looks pretty.

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The persicaria have rooted well and are getting ready for the garden takeover.

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If you think I’m tidying this lot up you’ve got another think coming.

See, wait long enough and it gets done.

What bird? Not in my garden there isn’t!

Our cat does like to be around while I’m outside, so he has to qualify as a garden implement, ornament or feature doesn’t he?

Well, that’s it again. I had better get watering now and later too, it’s going to be a hot day.

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸΉπŸ¦πŸ¨πŸΊπŸΉ

Six-on-Saturday 10-07-2021

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The astilbe from Mr Propagator several years ago does a little better each year.

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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 πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ˜

Six-on-Saturday 03-07-2021

I went out, dutifully, and took the usual selection of photos yesterday but was looking down the garden this morning – after a 5k trot around the local roads, although one grandson in a recent visit informed me that according to his amazing bells and whistles watch, it’s only 4k 😬 – I thought the garden looked much better as a whole. So I’ve included a couple of long shots as well. The garden is going berserk at the moment as you may see.

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The first (and last) picking of garden peas. The plants did well although the yield was disappointing, but very tasty.

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The jackmanii is getting revved up ready to explode into flower. Each year it amazes me with the amount of blooms it produces.

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This delphinium seemed a paler blue when it started opening its buds, but has deepened slightly.

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The nasturtiums are coming on nicely although some of the leaves are turning a bit yellow. I have another hanging basket of them near the front door and a little flowerpot on the fence opposite these ones. There are many different colours, I’m very happy with them this year.

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The Morning Glory are starting to climb up the trellises with a little guidance from a few twigs.

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As promised, here are a couple of long shots. Unfortunately, the eye is drawn to the plastic containers covering the cabbages and Swiss Chard……..never mind, the rest looks all right.

Hint of the week:

if deadheading poppies, do the ones at the back first. If you do the ones at the front first, when you lean over them, you get a nice, brown stain (which doesn’t wash out) on your clean shirt. 😱πŸ€ͺ Silly me.

(The poppies are beautiful though.)

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ…πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

Six-on-Saturday 26-06-2021

First the report on Mr Propagator’s garden.

The immediate impression is a breathtaking, jawdropping show of lush greenery…..and reddery, bluery, pinkery etc. 🀭 It is completely packed with shrubs, flowers, climbers etc. but Mr P still reckons he can fit the waiting 200 or so plants into the dozen or so spare, square centimetres of soil that I could see. πŸ€”πŸ˜² We all know he likes a challenge.

We had a tasty, Sunday lunch of roast pork and a most entertaining few hours with Mrs P and their delightful children, if I can call these tall, highly intelligent people “children”.

Anyway, on to this week’s Six-on-Saturday, although, at this time of year, 60 on Saturday would be easier, everything is bursting forth deserving to be featured.

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The cheaper clematis is showing its first flowering. It’s a softer pink and very pretty too.

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There have been several flowers on this rose but I wanted to show how high up the obelisk it has reached already….well over 35 cm. Admittedly, the parent plant I saw last weekend has reached the top of the fence and is looking for somewhere else to go.

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The Lychnis Coronaria comes back each year. The lovely, soft green foliage contrasts perfectly with the deep pink of the flowers.

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The rather more subtle spirea flowers are still worth a mention.

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I don’t think I have shown the geum this year. They are doing well but, unfortunately, need to be tied up so that they don’t get mown away. (That shadowy giant keeps getting in the way.)

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The first spinach and the first garlic.

There are so many things not included…the first nasturtiums, penstemons everywhere, the escallonia which burst into flower when I threatened it with complete removal, more of Fred’s Sweet peas and the first of his sunflowers but I don’t want to spoil next week’s Six-on-Saturday, I bet you can’t wait. πŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ€¨

I returned from Mr Propagator’s with a nice, healthy courgette plant and left half a dozen Vegan Brownies and the remains of a bottle of Pigot Grigot, at least what Grannysgardenhimindoors didn’t manage to finish.

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ…πŸŒ·πŸ¦‹πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

Six-on-Saturday 19-06-2021

We were away for a couple of days last weekend in the beautiful, summer sunshine. When I arrived home, I was quite amazed at the growth in the garden as you will now see……

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The poppies in the front garden were hardly showing any buds, let alone flowers. There is a very happy bee disappearing into the furthest right bloom.

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Also in the front garden, the Salvia Hot Lips is flowering profusely but purely red. Last year it was a mixture of red and white petals on each flower head.

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The delphinium is looking good this year. Nicely accompanied by the Special Child rose, Fred’s Sweet peas and, of course, the rhubarb.

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A couple of days ago the petals were not curled at the ends. I’m not sure why it has done this. I expect perfect flowers for Β£1.80. Plenty of buds yet to open.

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The Aldi fuchsias are about to burst into flower. They are all looking very healthy. I bought them to replace the “winter” pansies, but, as we all realise, these “winter” pansies really get going in the spring!

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You may remember me moaning (never!) last week that, apart from Mr Propagator’s two climbing varieties, none of my roses were flowering. Well, when we returned from our short break, all of them were in flower and the second picture shows that some were even needing to be deadheaded. πŸ€”

That’s it for this week. We had two of our very tall, very handsome grandsons staying with us for a few days. They are good fun and eat a lot of 🍞πŸ₯―πŸ§€πŸ–πŸ”πŸ₯“πŸ•πŸ³ 🍩🍭🍰 but not as much πŸ‡πŸ‰πŸŒπŸŽπŸ…πŸ₯¦πŸŒΆ.

Tomorrow we are visiting Mr and Mrs Propagator and their delightful family, so I am anticipating a guided tour around the estate…..I shall report back next week.

Have a good weekend yourselves in your garden. πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

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Six-on-Saturday 12-06-2021

A bit late again, playing that silly game again and getting a bit sunburnt. So,without further ado, here are my Six-on-Saturday for this week.

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Well, could you have just run the mower over them like the rest of the lawn? No, nor could I.

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Yes!! Fred’s Sweet peas are flowering like mad.

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Fred’s amaranthus hasn’t been planted out yet due to the very hot forecast. However, you can see the tiny plant beginning to flower. It will be put out into the flowerbeds next week.

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I took a close look at one of the alliums. At first I thought these were ladybirds but they are buds, I think.

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My kind sister brought me some rooted offshoots of a hydrangea she has in her garden. I had complained that the couple she brought me last year were doing nothing this year although they had picked up in the autumn after I had planted them in the flowerbeds. Needless to say, the day before she visited, I noticed plenty of shoots coming from the bases of last year’s. We’ll see how these ones progress

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Last year’s zonal pelargoniums (!) from the hanging baskets were planted in the tomato bed in the greenhouse over winter and pretty much neglected. They look fine in these pots outside now.

That’s it for another week. Have a good weekend in your garden and don’t get too hot! πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ¦‹πŸŒ·