My big box o’ bulbs is still sat accusingly where I left it, un-dealt with. I did get around to removing the elaborate tomato plant support system last weekend, although the remains of the blighted plants remain. This weekend I need to get up on the roof above the kitchen as next door’s rampant ivy and equally rampant rambling rose is invading. Well, no, it has invaded, past tense. I need to repel boarders before they completely cover the roof light, plunging us into kitchen gloom. I might also plant some of those pesky bulbs. Some of the 100 alliums can go in two tubs, to guard the entrance to the patio steps. I like the idea of purple bobbles greeting me as I go hither and thither. Enough fantasy gardening, it’s time for 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 – Rose, ‘Buff Beauty’. Bought as a bare-root a year or two ago, this rose has put on a good bit of growth this year. A bush rose, it can be trained like a climber and should do a good job up to 6′. I’m growing mine up the inside of an arch. I’ve let it sprawl, and now this thorn-encrusted stem leans out at 45 degrees across the entrance to the untidy area at the back of the garden. An alert gardener performs a careful limbo dance. A distracted gardener gets lacerated. One of these days I’ll get round to tying it in.
2 – Wall of ferns. A few years old now, I have never quite got the mix of ferns right, a few always die for some reason. Either because it’s too dry before I get around to organising the drip watering system, or too wet once I have, or it’s too shady. Every now and again I consider re-building this to take more than three plant boxes, I think they could be made to fit.
3 – Rudbeckia, spent bloom. Providing some garden interest, albeit less colourful, in mid-Autumn. Eventually I’ll get fed up with them and cut em back.
4 – Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’. A cousin of ‘Purple Fantasy’, I have a few of these now as they take so easily from cuttings. It is a taller plant (or a more sprawly one) and can usefully be cut back during the season for fresh growth. I didn’t bother, so it is now a good 4′ tall. It is currently also flowering, rather non-descript, but pretty enough close up.
5 – Lonicera, or honeysuckle, ‘Gold flame’. I planted this to cover some fence, probably bought for a couple of quid in Morrisons. It is a bit of a thug, smothering things I’d rather it didn’t, including 2 climbing roses. I need to take it in hand for next year. It is still flowering, so I forgive it somewhat its trespasses.
6 – Physocarpus opulifolius. I have two of these ninebark shrubs in the garden, both get cut right back in the spring, both then proceed to (eventually) throw out fresh growth of several feet, sometimes 7′ or 8′. The leaves are a good purple.
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 spiffing. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
Have a super gardening weekend, don’t forget to pop back later as more links get added during the day.
I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.