Six-on-Saturday 12-09-2020

It seems as though we should have a few hot days this week – back to watering again. Nothing new happening in the garden just now but it still looks quite colourful.

Anyway, here are this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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The clematis climbing up the old plum tree has had a couple of week’s rest and is off again with plenty of blooms and plenty of buds. It started in the spring and hasn’t really stopped since.

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I usually pull out the feverfew but this one escaped and is a nice splash of white. (The perennial geranium looks pretty behind it.)

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The hydrangea is turning autumnal. The colours look more vibrant in real life.

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Begonia of the week. There are some pure white ones in the troughs but this one is a soft, creamy colour.

5)

Chapter 4 of the potato saga (with guest appearance from the raspberries). Again, I got quite excited about the quantity from one old potato. It’s a shame our younger grandchildren don’t visit now, due to the restrictions, it was lovely how they enjoyed potato gathering.

Here is a trailer from next week’s final installment.

I know, frightening 😱 isn’t it? Will there be as many edible ones underground, or will they all go onto the compost heap? Tune in to see the happy/sad finale. πŸ™„πŸ€¨πŸ₯±πŸ˜΄

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That salvia Mr Propagator doesn’t reckon he gave me is such a beautiful blue. I showed it before but it hadn’t as many blooms on it.

Just sneaking in a long shot.

There may be only the one dahlia but it does “shine out” in the garden. I’m going to dig up the ones that have been trimmed by the local molluscs and start them in the greenhouse next year. I will plant them out once they are too tough to be palatable.🀞

That’s it for this week. I attempted to stake the Brussels which were blown over a couple of weeks ago but they have now fallen onto the broccoli.

Oh, well, last try next year. There are plenty of sprouts but they are as “holey” as the leaves.

Have a good weekend in your garden.

Six-on-Saturday 05-09-2020

The garden is now runnerbeanless, almost hollyhockless and has collapsing brussels. So several of my tasks this week didn’t generate photo opportunities. Meanwhile, I will need to get out the combine harvester again to mow the lawn. Last week it had grown so much I was emptying the box every couple of minutes. This week it appears almost as long, still, the compost heap appreciates the clippings.

Here are this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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The begonia of the week. I bought them to replace the droopy cornflowers a few weeks ago and they have been/are stunning.

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I know I said almost hollyhockless, this is why. It has flowered late and is only about 60cm tall but a beautiful colour. (Perennial geranium still going.πŸ˜€)

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I know, I know, not that rose again! I just thought it looked as though it was on its first flowering of early summer. So many buds to come.

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The rudbeckia has been beside, or in the background of, other featured flowers, but it deserves to feature in its own right. It goes on for weeks and weeks.

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The sedum is starting to show some colour as is the blue shrub at the front. Meanwhile, that rose has masses of buds, too.

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The Potato Saga continues…….Chapters 2 and 3. We are eating them rather quickly, they are very tasty. I thought I had dug up the best of the crop from the 5 old potatoes I planted, but the next two diggings produced over 1 kilogram each – even without the slugs 😝. The ones still to be harvested are showing a few green ones on the surface. Unfortunately, they were so closely planted (me thinking they wouldn’t all oblige) that I couldn’t see under the foliage where I had earthed them up. I’m hoping there are still plenty of edible ones under the surface.

That’s it again. Have a good weekend and enjoy your garden.

Six-on-Saturday 29-08-2020

The garden took another battering this week. The runner beans and several gladioli were horizontal on Wednesday evening but I staked them up and they seem none the worse for it. I think the beans are just about over anyway.

On we go to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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The dahlia, probably the only dahlia this year, but it survived the winds and rain and is still rather striking.

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A couple of restaked gladioli looking good behind an “about to flower” coreopsis, I think.

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The Rhapsody in Blue is still going strong and producing even more buds.

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The Japanese anemone looks better than usual this year. I did threaten it with a large 3 pronged fork a little while ago and it seems to have pulled its socks up. That 🐝 is happy with it.

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Remember that dianthus? It’s come back again after “the chop”, although I think it looks slightly paler.

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The wind removed some of the begonia blooms. Looking at it more closely, it’s a really beautiful thing.

Finally, on Thursday morning I noticed the hanging basket hanging from the fig tree……then I saw why.

Out with the drill and screwdriver then.

Have a good weekend. I will see today whether the next digging of potatoes yields as much as the first.

Six-on-Saturday 22-08-2020

Rather a wetter few days than I expected this week. The garden is looking healthy, if rather battered, after so much heavy rain.

Anyway, a few years ago, I bought some potato sacks with some seed potatoes, I just added compost as the leaves grew upwards. Quite successful and the grandchildren enjoyed emptying them and playing “Hunt the potatoes”. The following couple of years, I did the same, buying the proper potatoes with limited success but more of a challenge for the grandchildren. THIS year, I put 5 old potatoes into the small gap between two paths in the vegetable garden (where the Brussels had been demolished by caterpillars last year)……the result is Picture 1.

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Yes, but this is the bounty from ONE of the planted potatoes. Once Grannysgardenhimindoors had washed off the mud, there was over a kilogram of potatoes! πŸ˜ƒ Happy Granny.πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ₯”πŸ₯”πŸ₯”

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The crabapple tree is laden again this year. The gales have done their best to topple it but the stakes have held it in place. (Rather blurred due to the wind this morning.)

3)

Those Nigella may look pretty beside the Potentilla, but they do take over. I’m hoping I will have removed most of them by next week before they spread more seeds.

4)

A different persicaria courtesy of my sister who visited this week. It’s been in the ground for a few days and hasn’t wilted yet so looking good. It does spread but is easy enough to control.

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A different, wind blown penstemon. Rather a pretty colour.

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The previous 4 photos are from the front garden so I thought I would show one of the back. This pink climbing rose must be on its 3rd “blooming”. The perennial sweet pea enjoys using it as a support.

It’s very hard work supervising all this gardening.

That’s another week gone by. Why does one (well, this one) get so excited when the potatoes grow so well? Just as I beat myself up when something fails.πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ€” You will see more chapters in the πŸ₯” saga soon……you can’t wait, can you?

Have a good weekend and enjoy your garden.

PS. I’ve managed a whole post without a plant from Mr Propagator, it wasn’t easy.

Six-on-Saturday 15-08-2020

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.πŸ˜’ 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. πŸ™‚πŸ˜‰πŸ€”

On to this week’s Six-on-Saturday if there’s anyone still reading.

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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.

2)

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. πŸ¦Ήβ€β™€οΈ(No Popeye emoji.)

3)

In spite of the Cabbage White’s best efforts, I can see some Brussels forming.

4)

The aforementioned casualties this week.

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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.

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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.

Six-on-Saturday 08-08-2020

Rather hot here. We are looking forward to visiting Mr and Mrs Propagator and family today. It’s Mrs P’s birthday this week so that’s our excuse this time. I’ve not done much in the garden this week apart from deadheading and watering, it needs to be weeded and generally tidied but will the soil be soft enough? Probably not.

On to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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This salvia is such a pretty shade of blue. Guess who gave it to me a couple of years ago. πŸ€”

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The courgettes aren’t coming in thick and fast yet but these two were quite large enough for me to use in my marrow moussaka…….much better without aubergines.

I’m afraid we had started this before I remembered to take a photo.

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On the topic of produce, the Swiss Chard leaves are huge – I reckon about 45 cm long (without the stalks) by 30 cm wide. This variety cooks down and tastes just like spinach.

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The rudbeckia is starting to earn its place in the garden. It is being accompanied by the perennial geranium.

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Yet another gladiolus is bursting into flower, plus, the bud next to it should soon show some colour.

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I mentioned that this is invading the garden en masse. I have removed hundreds of them although it is very much admired by passers by in the front garden. Now they have started to flower and remind me why I like them.

I hope you have a good weekend and can cope with the hot weather. I shall give you a report on Mr P’s garden next week.

Six-on-Saturday 01-08-2020

Into August already, goodness. I spent Tuesday morning in the river sorting the weeds on my side since we have shared responsibility with the council, called “riparian rites”, I think I mentioned it before. It is the first time I have ventured down there since we had a concrete wall put in to stop our riverbank collapsing. The brown bin was completely filled, plus, I saved a bucket full of Horse Tail to make the stew that Fred showed us last week. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰

After that exciting start, I will proceed to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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The gladioli are starting to show their true colours. I planted them 2 or 3 years ago but this year they are bigger than before and showing more buds.

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The first picking. They were very nice too.

3)

I removed the cornflowers from the troughs and replaced them with these begonias from a local garden centre. I think of them as municipal garden plants really, but they do look very nice. (Yes, he decided to get into the photo.)

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Riverbank before……

……and after. I hope the other side will be done soon.

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Well, I like the bog standard crocosmia. It’s much brighter than it looks here.

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This dahlia should be opening soon. The others are well behind as I mentioned recently.

I understand that my link wasn’t working properly last week, we will see how it goes this time.

Have a good weekend and enjoy your garden.

Six-on-Saturday 25-07-2020

I will be more careful this week. Many thanks to Catherine for investigating my problem which was of my own making.

Anyway, on to this week. Mixed weather here but mostly dry. My sister visited for the first time in probably 5 months. She enjoys her garden as well but along with heavy clay, she says many of her plants have some disease or are being destroyed by black fly. I have noticed black fly on some of my runner beans, rhubarb and courgette leaves. Not their usual habitats.

Enough moaning, here are my Six-on-Saturday for this week.

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I do wish the camera could do justice to this beautiful rose which has an almost fluorescent glow to it.

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I have 5 troughs with cornflowers in them. Not the best choice – too leggy. I may venture out to a garden centre to buy some instant replacements for them. Perhaps violas? I’m looking forward to choosing.

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Why do I keep thinking of the film “Day of the Triffids” ?

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You don’t need to look too closely to see dozens of little runner beans. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

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Rhapsody in blue and Rosa?πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ showing multiple blooms on one stalk. Lovely.

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Finally, with thanks to Mr Propagator, I planted the red, climbing “Rose Danse de feu” in plenty of garden compost ready for its climbing frame or obelisk which I may make from some lilac branches, because that’s what I have.

Then the second picture shows the Loosestrife, again thanks to Mr Propagator many years ago, plus a little, overshadowed astilbe from the same source.

Well, another week flies by. I hope you are all keeping well. Enjoy your garden this weekend.

Six-on-Saturday 18-07-2020

We had a most enjoyable visit to Mr and Mrs Propagator and their delightful family this week- at a safe distance. The garden is so much better than it looks on any of Mr P’s photos, lush and packed with a big variety of healthy plants everywhere I looked. He has a beautiful, red, climbing rose – Rose Danse de feu – which I admired. Needless to say (as if by magic) one of the cuttings accompanied me in the car on the way home, along with a few other propagated young plants……lucky me!On to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.1)Robin and Gaura. The lavender, pelargonium and perennial geranium are sneaking into the photo down below.2)The top picture shows my bounty from this week’s visit and the bottom one shows the plants from some HPS seeds Mr P gave me a couple of years ago. They will be planted out this weekend. I’ll let you read its name for yourselves.3)The crabapple is loaded with fruit. I don’t dare remove the supports because the prevailing wind can be very strong.A couple of problems in this flowerbed: the garden compost must have contained hundreds of seeds from a very attractive plant I featured a couple of years ago…..I put plenty of compost on this flowerbed. πŸ€” Also, how does one deadhead an azalea? That brown splodge behind the crabapple tree is that stunning azalea two weeks after it was in full bloom, I’m not sure how to remove all the dead flowers, there aren’t any obvious dead heads.4)The perennial sweet peas are very healthy but so awkward to tie up. I probably need some mesh against the fence. It really needs to tumble over a stone wall or to climb through a hedge – I don’t have those handy, I’m afraid.5)This week’s produce : I have used several onions already. They are rather small but not a bad harvest. There are masses of tomatoes but not ready yet.6)Unfortunately, the Veronica tends to collapse in any heavy rain, so it has to be tied up but it looks rather “tied up”. Also in the picture the Lychnis Coronaria, the gladioli, the perennial geranium and lots and lots of cerinthe seedlings – some very tiny ones at the bottom.Have a good weekend and, as always, enjoy your garden.

Six-on-Saturday 11-07-2020

There are too many things worth mentioning in the garden now. I’m not going to show you a picture of the soil, but I could actually pull weeds out WITH their roots and I could gently fork over the top of the soil…….bliss! Yes, we had plenty of heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

The clover didn’t snuggle down into the grass this week. The previous two mowings removed a small percentage of the clover blooms but the lawn still didn’t look very neat, however, today it looks lovely and green with very few heads of clover left after I finished mowing.

I’ve had to tie up several plants that were battered by the heavy rain, but nothing has been wrecked.

On to this week’s Six-on-Saturday.

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What could be better than to start with a view of the compost heap through the self-seeded hollyhock in the evening sun yesterday?

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One of the salvias that the lovely Mr Propagator gave me at least 2 years ago. It’s doing very well and looking healthy…..the bees like it. You can see a small zonal pelargonium on the lower right side of the picture, one of the ones that were in the hanging baskets last year which I kept in the greenhouse all winter. I planted about half a dozen at the front of the borders in the back garden and they are providing nice, bright, small splashes of colour there.

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The hydrangea is back on form again. The various stages are very pretty.

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I gave the dianthus a short-back-and-sides so we shall see whether it will flower again. The Persicaria has come back after being frosted earlier in the season. The miniature fuchsia (Cornish pixie) that Jim gave me last year has been moved from the other side of the bird bath, where it was being bullied by the gaura and the lavender. It has been here for a couple of days and looks quite happy with the move.

5)

The euonymus in the front garden is looking good. Some of the leaves are a pure yellow. The perennial geranium is on its second flowering and, on the left, the Nigella seedlings are taking over again. I cleared them all away only a couple of weeks ago.😑

6)

The sempervivum in the middle of the trough is nearly in flower as are all the chicks around it. The cornflowers have all bloomed but are far too tall for the troughs, so I have tried to stake them, unsuccessfully, they are just lolling about, but the colours are lovely.

That’s it for another week. Hope you are all keeping well. I will try to do as much weeding as possible before the soil becomes impossible in the forecast dry weather.

Have a good weekend in your garden. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ 🌺🍷