Well I’m here again, so that means I survived running the 100k on the Dorset Coast. It was hard work! I finished in 15h40mins. If you’d like to read more about it I wrote a blog post. I am more or less recovered now and looking forward to my next race. In total the funds raised for Macmillan stand at £1878. Thanks again for your encouragement and for dipping into your wallets to support this very worthwhile cause.
This weekend is a holiday weekend here in the UK, plus I have the rest of the week off too. It’s a good job, I have a long list of overdue tasks to do in the garden. In the meantime, let’s do Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you decide. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week…
1 – Thalictrum aquilegiifolium, self seeded. I have a few of these sprung up around the front garden. I’m not sure where they’ve come from, but they are welcome to stay. As the name suggests, their leaves are very like aquilegia, I assumed that’s what they were as seedlings. Now that they’ve flowered it is obvious they are not.
2 – Persicaria/Geranium foliage combo. Unintended, but still, I’ll take it. This is persicaria ‘purple fantasy’ and geranium ‘brookside’, I think. The persicaria is a bit rampant, spreading about underground, but it is simplicity itself to just dig up any offshoots and plant them elsewhere or pot them up. It also takes very well from cuttings.
3 – Senecio ‘Angel Wings’. It lives! this plant got clobbered by aphids and slugs and was looking very tatty. I decided it was kill or cure time so I cut it back entirely last autumn, just the stub of a stem left above ground. It has remained stubbornly lacking in merit ever since. I had reached the point where I was looking for something to replace it as it occupied a prime spot in a nice pot on the patio. At the base of the stem and elsewhere in the pot there are the first signs of new growth coming through. Hopefully the long awaited sunshine will gee it along. Just in the nick of time.
4 – Rose ‘Dr Eckener’. The roses are stirring themselves and will soon be out in numbers, I think. This one is lovely, and has a terrific fragrance.
5 – Dwarf Hop. Every year I try to encourage this to grow diagonally onto a different bit of fence, but every year it grows vertically, smothering a little a climbing hydrangea and a good rose. The rose flowers, if they can fight their way through, do look fantastic against this lush lime green background.
6 – Aquilegia vulgaris. Just your basic aquilegia, the third week in a row I’ve featured one, all different.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to have a go, 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 super duper. For more details you can read the participant guide.
Have a splendid weekend, enjoy any extra time off you may have, and get busy in the sunshine in the garden! Don’t forget to head back this way later on as more links are added during the day.
Stay safe, I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.