Six on Saturday: 8 August 2020

For the first week of August, it’s been pretty poor weather. Even when the sun shines, it doesn’t always feel warm. This morning is grey with either mist or light drizzle (mizzle?). It was warm yesterday but we didn’t have much sun, just a few hours in the morning.

I was going to start with a picture of my zinnias, but as they still don’t have flowers… here’s the clematis alpina in full flower,

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All you Sixers are leading me into plant temptation. If you didn’t keep showing your wonderful plants, I wouldn’t have ordered all these flower seeds.

I have no idea where I’m going to put anything I manage to germinate considering my front border is only 30 feet by 3 feet.

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Verbena bonariensis (250 seeds) – because bees like it and so do I; Sweet Pea Cupani (20 seeds) – because they are highly scented; and Scabious stellata Ping Pong (65 seeds) – because I liked the look of the seed heads. The poppy should be Black Beauty but I’ve received Black Peony (500 seeds), but they may well be the same thing. Knautia Melton Pastels (40 seeds). I’ve admired this flower on other Sixes, so that’s one from my wishlist, and Ammi Majus (500 seeds) is another.

I thought I’d try Claytonia (no idea of seed numbers) in the greenhouse for winter salads. Supposed to be high in Vitamin C and “very easy to grow”.

More japanese anemones are opening each day. Look like it’s going to be a good year for them, but it’s too early now. Is that – and the fact we’ve picked our first wild blackberries on our daily walk – a sign we might be in for a bad winter?

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The new mini-shady bed I made a few weeks ago is still alive. And the honeysuckle  appreciates being released from its pot as it has started flowering. It has a lovely strong fragrance too.

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The courgettes are loving the combination of wet then hot weather. Sadly this is a male flower, but there are more tiny courgettes waiting to do their thing and grow.

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Finally a random poppy in one of my vegetable beds. I’ll have to catch the seeds before they scatter.

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Now as the weather can’t seem to make its mind up, I’ll just sit here with my morning coffee and check out the other posts on The Propagator’sSix on Saturday challenge. Happy gardening, whatever your weather today.


12 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 8 August 2020

  1. I have ditched my courgette this year, it started to produce lots of male flowers and only a few female, which gave me about 6 courgettes and then it gave up the ghost. It wasn’t for want of water either. I have seen others with the same issue so maybe the seeds were a bit duff this year. I love the pretty pink anemone.

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    1. It is very hit and miss with courgettes isn’t it? This is my best year so far 4 courgettes harvested and another three at various stages. I have three plants in an old garden waste bin in the sunniest spot on the patio and they get a bucket of water every two days and chicken pellets once a month. The anemone is lovely, and I have white ones in bud too.

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  2. Growing from seed is fabulous fun, the best way to go. Your clematis is perfectly adorable, a beautiful colour and growing brilliantly for you. Love the new honeysuckle – again, a great colour.

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  3. Tell me about courgette male flowers please? Necessary or best whipped out?
    It already scorching here right now and I’m delaying much-needed gardening. More coffee & reading methinks…

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    1. Definitely necessary – until they’ve done their job! The female ones are fewer and have a small swelling behind the bud which will be a new courgette if the flower is pollinated. You can help things along by taking a male flower, tearing its petals off and applying to the female flower. Or use a cotton bud. There are fewer female flowers and they are rarely out at the same time, hence fewer courgettes than you’ll actually get. Male flowers fall off, female ones stay on. I believe the pollen will survive for a few days on a cotton bud so work collecting some if you have a female flower that’s not open yet.
      Bet you’re sorry you asked now 🙂

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    2. I’m sorry I asked! I have just one plant given to me by a friend. No wonder she shied away from leaving instructions!
      PS. May I edit in your contribution to my article this week? Please & thanks…

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