Six on Saturday: 7 May 2022

Did you like the rain I ordered last week? My garden did – everything stood up straight instead of drooping about like sullen teenagers. Since then, it’s been a mixed bag and I’ve been doing the seedling Hokey Cokey – in, out, and shuffling them all about. Salads, peas and bean are all ready to plant out, but have we seen the last of the frost, or will it return? I might just risk it. Here are this week’s offerings for Six on Saturday hosted by The Propagator.

These won’t be the first, or the last, images of clematis Montana in my Shady Border. The pink has been flowering for a couple of weeks, the white has opened this week.

Sweet peas continue to grow – mixed perennial and ‘Cupani’.

In 2021 I sowed salsify seeds and managed to raise five plants which I planted out in Raised Bed A, then got them confused with the leeks I planted at the same time. Unsure of when to harvest them, and a little concerned about what they would taste like I left them in the garden, and now they have produced flowers. Apparently the longer you leave them in the ground the less they taste of oysters!! The root can grow to 12 inches and they are cooked like other root vegetables. For now, I will enjoy the flowers, then try this recipe for Leek and Salsify gratin.

Towards the end of 2020, I rescued a tiny Rowan seedling from my front border – courtesy of a passing bird. I put it in a pot and left it. It did nothing in 2021, just a bare stick. This is what I spotted earlier this week (under the salsify).

One task completed this week – not by me – was to move these brackets from the rickety trellis by the oil tank and onto the wall above Compost Corner. They have to be that high so the baskets (when I get round to filling them) won’t prevent me from opening the compost bin lids. They are nine feet high! I am 5 feet 3 inches tall! But I have hanging basket pulleys and I know how to use them.

Project Trellis is complete as the old trellis from the front garden arch has been re-sized and re-purposed to fill a gap by the big waterbutt. I’m training a clematis Montana ‘branch’ towards it.

And Finally . . .

If you live in the UK and Northern Ireland, the Mass Observation Project is looking for people to keep a diary on 12th May and send it off to them to put in their Archive for future research. This was a one-off project to record the thoughts of ordinary people on the day of the coronation of King George VI in 1937. It was revived in 1981 and Mass Observation Correspondents respond to three directives each year, plus the 12th May Diary, and anything else that comes along. (I have been a Correspondent for three years, but the Project is not currently looking for new correspondents). If you work with children or community groups, there is a special section for 12th May these. You can write about anything you like!

But . . .

Please don’t include your real name, contact details, or the personal details of the people mentioned in your diary. Please remember that these diaries will be read and used for research and teaching, so please don’t include anything that may identify you or others.

If you’re not in the UK, then why not share your would-be entry as a bonus blog?

10 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 7 May 2022

  1. Plenty of rain here also and it has done wonders for growth in the garden. You remind me that we stopped in the car as we spotted our Clematis montana had gone into a cherry tree, a native tree, on the garden boundary and was now a good 25 up.

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  2. The C. montana look really pretty, and the sweet peas look set to give a lovely show too. I do not know salsify at all, and I do like their flowers. Lucky you for calling up the rain! We are due to have more heavy rains this coming week.

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