As you read this it is quite likely I will still be plodding my way along a 45 mile loop around the edge of Bristol. Yes, voluntarily. While I’m running my little socks off, you can all do Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Anything you like. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Hanging on by a thread. I have alluded a few times to being less than thorough in the gardening department this year. The garden overall still looks pretty good, but I have not spent anything like as much time pottering about this year. Among the casualties of this slackness are the plants I usually grow from seeds or cuttings. I moved these plants from their even more desperate circumstances about 5 weeks ago, throwing them upon the mercy of a neighbour who had agreed to water stuff for us while we were away in Devon. It’s not all bad. There are some chilli plants gamely trying to ripen fruit, and while the dahlias are truly terrible plants this year, the tubers will be putting on growth ahead of the winter, and the begonia and pelargonium cuttings seem to thrive on neglect. I’m going to save myself the bother next year and will grow no new plants. Yeah, right…
2 – Melianthus major. Among the flotsam and jetsam in the first picture are three of these. I grew them from seed this year, and all three seem to be growing pretty well. In fact these are almost the only plants I’ve grown from seed this year that are worth writing home about. I have a spot picked out for one of them, not sure what I’ll do with the other two. I wonder if one would behave itself if confined in a large pot on the patio?
3 – Hydrangea paniculata (maybe), ‘Limelight’ (possibly). Still a smallish shrub, I’ve almost forgotten it exists. I might move it to a big pot on the patio.
4 – Major Houlihan. A bit of a thug, and rather ubiquitous, even a little passé, but not yet evicted from my garden.
5. – Hibiscus ‘Marina’. The slowest shrub on Earth, across all variables. Still, at least now it can be seen, thanks to me moving it from an obscured corner to its own pot on the patio.
6 – Phlox, white one. I have two big clumps of this, both in a shady corner. I had the vague notion that they would flower and glow a bit in the gloom. It sort of works.
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 marvellous. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
I hope you’ll have a more productive weekend in the garden that I will, don’t forget to pop back as more links get added during the day.
I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.