It’s already chilly out first thing, I wonder how long it will be before the first good frost. Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, so at least in the Northern Hemisphere, we can say that the nights are officially drawing in. I might have to concede that Summer is over. Still, time for this week’s edition of Six on Saturday.  Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday.  Could be anything.  A good flower, a pest, a success, a failure, a project to be done. Anything at all in your garden.  Why not join in?

Here’s my Six.

1. Salvia ‘hot lips’. I have lusted after one of these all year having tried to propagate from a neighbours plant. I failed, but recently managed to buy one for bargain price. I have, of course, taken cuttings so hopefully I’ll have a few next year. It is more or less done flowering but here’s why I like it. That, and the smell of the foliage, very reminiscent of Ribena.

2. Cosmos ‘rubenza’. Still lots of flowers on this one plant – the only one of any note from this batch of seeds that survived to make a good plant. I’ll be trying again next year.

3. Dahlia ‘bishop’s children’. These have been flowering gamely for months. I last featured them in a Six post in July, they are still going strong with plenty of new buds. Frequent dead heading is required to get a continuous stream of flowers. Some have dark, almost purple, foliage, some have your basic green, and there is a variety in the flower colour.

4. Daffodil bulbs. I’m a bit of a bulb magpie at the moment – I can’t resist. These two sacks were on offer in The Range, 150 bulbs for £8 total. I look forward to seeing these come through in the dark cold days of February. I look forward to planting them a little less.


5. Collected seed heads. It’s that time of year. I harvested these pods and seed heads last weekend, they have been drying off in the shed ever since. I will extract and store the seeds this weekend.


6. Chilli ‘Razzmatazz’. I ended up with 10 or so of these plants, I must vary my chilli seed purchasing for next year. Anyhow, purple chillies! What’s not to like? I’m going to try to overwinter a couple of plants, apparently they will fruit even more next year.

So that’s my Six for this week.  What are yours?  If you’d like to participate, please do, just add a comment with a link to your post, and maybe add a link back to this blog to your post.  For more details, please see the participants’ guide.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

I’ll be back next Saturday with another Six.