(I meant 10-06…)

Time for this week’s Six on Saturday. Each week I am showcasing six things going on in my garden. Why not join in?

1. Bindweed.  Is it rational to form such a visceral dislike for a plant?  It comes through from next door’s garden and I do battle with it every year.  My weapon of choice is a handfork, I try to get right under it and dig the whole piece up, following it along until I get it all.  One of the more annoying garden noises is that little “pop” when a root breaks and you know you haven’t got it all.  If let loose, this thug will quickly overwhelm a typical garden plant, and will eventually do for a large shrub too.  It is nigh-on indestructible as it re-grows from the tiniest speck of root.  In my bitter experience the only solution is constant vigilence, dig the blighter up every time I see it poking up out of the soil. Oh, never put it on the compost heap.

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2. Lychnis coronaria.  I have both the white and magenta varieties.  They are a prolific flowerer, happy in dry conditions and self-seed prolifically – one seed head (of which there are many) will produce dozens of seeds.  The seeds come true, although apparently it is possible to get a pink/white cross which is quite pretty.  Never happened to me.  They just need dead-heading frequently to prolong the flowering which goes on for months. They are hardy but short-lived, getting a bit past-it after two or three years.  They can be divided in the spring, discarding the old core and planting out the new growth on the outside. I normally have so many seedlings in the border I just dig up and discard the old plants.

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3. Hosta, variety unknown. It’s clearly variegated. I like hostas and have admired the pictures of other’s much more impressive collections. They inevitably end up getting munched a bit (a lot) by slugs or snails but funnily enough this year this one is untouched.  I think it may have been because of the very dry weather earlier in the spring – not conducive conditions for Mr Slug.

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4. Linaria purpurea.  I featured this plant just a couple of weeks ago in a previous Six on Saturday.  I wasn’t sure of the variety but it has now flowered.  I think it’s your basic linaria purpurea.  I gather it’s very prolific so will probably be weeding the things out for the next forever.

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5. Hachonechloa macra ‘aureola’. I’ve wanted one of these for a while, I picked up one at a plant fair the other week.  It’s quite small at the moment, I think it was a division of a larger plant, but it will surely get bigger as it establishes.  I’ve got it at the edge of a shady border, it might get annoyingly sprawly over the lawn in future but I can always move it.

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6. Sambucus nigra.  The heavy winds in the last week or so have not played too much havoc in my garden, but for some reason the black elder has succumbed.  A couple of the stems, all this year’s growth, have bent and basically snapped in the wind. It’s looking a bit worse for wear as a result.  In fact, the rest of the shrub is looking a little drunk.

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That’s my Six for this Saturday.  What do you have to share in your garden?  Could be anything, a good flower, an interesting plant, a garden project, a weed, a disaster, a triumph, anything.  If you’d like to join in, please add a link to your post in the comments, and maybe add a link back to this blog in your post.

Enjoy your weekend!

I’ll be back for another Six next Saturday.

 

 

 

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