Last week’s university drop off was rather epic, close to 600 miles on the clock, but two students safely deposited in the North East. Pretty rainy here the last couple of days and more to come. I shall be dodging showers in the garden this weekend, I have some tidying up to do. The tomato plants are about done now, I want to clear them away so I have room in the greenhouse for garden refugees. In the meantime, it’s Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you decide. Join in!
Here are mine…
1 – Zinnia. The culmination of several months of trying to grow zinnia. The plants are leggy, only have one stem per plant, and the slugs have given them a good munch. Still, a flower. Not sure I’ll bother next year.
2 – Clematis tangutica ‘Bill Mackenzie’. Well now. I thought Bill here was essentially done earlier in the summer, but turns out he was just resting. In recent weeks he has put on a growth spurt, filling out significantly and is putting on a good show, with a combination of new flowers, lots of them, and I still have the seed heads from the first flush.
3 – Canna seeds. I’m sorry to say it, but there is something vaguely genital, scrotal even, about the seed case. Moving swiftly on, I’m not sure these will ripen before the frosts. To be honest the plants are not that good, the leaves are a very plain green, I probably don’t want to grow more of them. Probably.
4 – Prunus incisa ‘kojo no mai’. If there was any remaining doubt about our autumnal condition, kojo here can dispel it. Definitely in its autumn finery now.
5 – Lettuce ‘Little Gem’. These were kindly given to me by a fellow gardener locally who took pity on the pathetic results of a late sowing. It was too hot in the greenhouse, that’s my excuse. Hers were in excellent condition and I was happy to take them off her hands in exchange for some persicaria divisions. They are growing on nicely and should keep me in lettuce for the next month or two. I will fleece them up later in the month. You can also see a good sprinkling of acorns, a bit of a nuisance at the moment, the overhanging oak tree is dropping an exceptional crop all over my veg plot. Hopefully they will distract the squirrels from the bulbs when I plant them.
6 – Pyrocantha berries. I recently saw a fabulous picture of a tightly trained and clipped pyrocantha more or less covering the side of a house and totally dripping in berries. I can’t quite compete with that, but mine does have more berries than it has ever had before. They’ll last quite far into the winter until the birds get desperate, then they’ll strip it bare in no time.
Those are my Six 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 marvellous. For more details you can check the brief participation guide.
Have a super weekend, hopefully some of it will be spent in the garden, and don’t forget to pop back as more links get added during the day.
Stay safe, I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.