I dodged the rain last weekend to do a bit of half-hearted clearing. I cut a bunch of stuff back, but I still haven’t got around to clearing away the piles of severed stems. It seemed like a much better idea to be inside in the warm and dry.  Must try harder.  On the plus side, I have ordered too many seeds once again, the Hardy Plant Society seed scheme having opened at some point during the week. Future seed joy.  But for now, it is time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a seedhead, a job to do, a pest, an unknown plant, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Cornflower seedlings.   As you may have gathered, I like to grow a few plants from seed, to the point where I get a bit twitchy if I don’t have some on the go.  Hardy annuals are a boon in this department, they can be sown in the autumn as well as the spring.  In theory growing them cold results in stronger, bushier plants.  We’ll see.


2 – Stachys decay.  I planted these out in the spring and they grew on quite nicely.  They appear to be dying. I’ve not grown them before, so I’m not sure if it’s actual dying, or just the normal seasonal decay. The latter would be my guess. Time will tell….


3 – Rose hip. I’ve forgotten now which rose this is from, possibly Ali Baba, or maybe Danse de feu.  They are winter’s consolation prize.  This one isn’t particularly colourful, but it is exuberant in its own way.


4 – Athyrium niponicum, Japanese painted fern. Normally silver, this one is going over and is a rather fetching collection of colours at the moment.


5 – Virginia creeper. After it quickly dropped the vast majority of its leaves, I noticed some berries.  I didn’t know it did berries.  Guess it makes sense that it would.20191129_125447-1008x490.jpg

6 – Shallot ‘longor’. I planted these last month, they are coming on nicely, sprouting away.  I’ve not grown shallots before, so I’m looking forward to these. If I’ve understood correctly, each set will grow into a bunch of new shallots, aka tricky-to-peel-funny-onions.  Good to cook with, I gather.


That’s shallot for this week, what are yours?  If you’d like to take part, just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be fab.  For more details you can read the brief participant guide.

We are due a respite from the rainy weather this weekend, so I hope to get some gardening in. Have a great weekend yourselves, and don’t forget to check back in later as more links are added through the day.

I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.