I am sure many of you, my UK readers at least, will be sharing my relief at the drop in temperature the last couple of days. It was a hot mess earlier in the week, lack of air conditioning being the main downside of working from home. Some of my plants were struggling in the heat, especially those that I moved or planted recently. Good, useful rain came with the lower temperatures, so that will have given everything a good drink, saving me the bother. Time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a tool, wildlife, a job to do, a weed, anything at all. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week…
1 – Ricinus leaf. I had some seeds left over from last year so in they went. They always seem to take ages to get going, but they are now a few feet high and may eventually get to 6-7′. I’ll have to remember to buy some seed for next year, I’m all out.
2 – Geranium ‘Crystal Lake’. One of several different hardy geraniums I bought earlier in the year. This one is a sprawler. It earned a place in my virtual shopping trolley for the flowers and the red stems.
3 – Ipomaea x ‘Grandpa Otts’. There are 4 morning glory plants here, all growing up just 3′ of trellis at the back of this planter. They soon topped out and are now twisting, with some encouragement from me, around and through themselves and the trellis.
4 – Canna, flowering. I grew a few from seed last year. I ended up with two left in pots over the winter. Assuming them to be dead, I was going to compost them but they started to regrow so earned a reprieve. Moved to bigger pots, they have spent the intervening months on my patio. One of them has begun to flower, well ahead of their border-based stable mates.
5 – Phygelius capensis ‘Funfare Orange’. I was not familiar with this plant, cape fuchsia, or cape figwort, the flowers caught my eye on my recent visit to Waterperry Gardens. Obviously I took some cuttings when I got it home. I have since read that becomes quite a decent bush and can be a spreader. Oh well, there are worse problems to have.
6 – Gladiolus. Among about 100 I bought for beans at the start of the summer, most of which, like this one, went in pots on the patio.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to have a go, just publish your post and pop a link in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours, that would be tip top. For more details you can read the brief guide.
I hope you have a productive gardening weekend and that the weather does what you need it to do. Don’t forget to check in later as more links get added during the day.
Stay safe, I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.