Definitely getting chillier! The potting shed heater has had its first use of the season, essential kit when sowing seeds and taking cuttings at this time of year. I have had a couple of light frosts so far, enough to cause the dahlias to surrender, I think I’ll be digging them up this weekend, maybe next week. Anyhow, time for another Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a job to do, a job completed, an interesting plant, a bug, a bird, a flower, anything at all. Join in!
Here are my Six.
1. Begonia leaves. The frost has got this, it is on its way out. The leaves were silvery with hints of red, they are now a much more crinkly red. I might try to overwinter it, see if it comes back next year. Or I might not.
2. The Dead Zone, under the trampoline. Nothing grows here, unsurprisingly. To call it a storage area would be overly grand, it’s really a bit of a dump where I “temporarily” chuck stuff in passing. Pot trays, buckets, trug, pots, bits of old crap I haven’t got around to taking to the tip. About twice a year I clear it out, sort of, but stuff soon accumulates. I am not proud.
3. Dogwood. Your basic red stemmed, variegated variety. Cornus mas alba, I think. The leaves are almost all off now, the red stems beginning to show through. Also showing through is the pesky jasmine, one of my resident thugs, which attempts to grow through everything along Borders 4 and 5. I will soon be doing battle with it.
4. Windfall apples. Next door’s apple tree has been particularly bountious this year, my telescopic apple picker has been well used, but we are all appled out. There is only so much chutney, crumble, stewed apple etc etc that we can be bothered to make. These, along with the many littering the gaff, will go on the compost heap.
5. Tulip planting. It’s my own fault. Like the proverbial kid in a sweet shop, I have gorged myself to the point of nausea. I have planted maybe half of the tulips. I have added daffodils to the bottom layer of some of the larger pots, and have usually included a mix of two (hopefully) complimentary tulip varities. The smaller pots just have one variety. I have now almost run out of patio containers, so I will be planting the rest in 3L plastic pots and burying them in the borders. Should provide a nice blast of colour in the spring. I might have accidentally bought even more bulbs this week.
6. Cyclamen. Having found a cyclamen lurking in the garden a couple of weeks back, I spotted this one in B&Q the other day. Not sure if it will survive the winter, or even where I’ll plant it, but I like it.
That’s my Six for this week, what are yours? Join in! Dead easy, write your post, add a comment here with a link to your post, and maybe add a link back to here in yours. For more details please see the brief participants’ guide.
Have a great weekend, don’t forget to check back in as more Six posts are added.
I’ll be back next weekend with another Six on Saturday.