Six on Saturday: 18th July 2020

Another wet and cool Saturday morning. Another Six on Saturday, one among many other Sixes I will be dipping into over the weekend (and adding to my evergrowing Wish List).

The move to a shadier area of the back garden seems to suit my potted pelargoniums. This is their third year, though I don’t expect them to manage a fourth.

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They sit inside plastic pots that hang from the trellis, and just a week later they have produced more flowers though the weather has not been that dry or warm.

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On the same trellis clematis alpina has plenty of buds and a few flowers. Because the heads droop, it is difficult to get a decent image.

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Borrowed landscape – this cherry tree is in my neighbour’s garden. Planted by our previous neighbour (too close to the boundary wall). I wonder if the fruit is edible – a fair few have dropped into our garden where they are a slip hazard for the unwary. Having some for a pie would be a reasonable exchange.

The birds love them, with blackbirds and thrushes pecking the fruit off the tree and smaller birds eating the flesh once they’ve fallen. There are cherry pips all over our patio.

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I finally got around to planting up my zinnias, strawflowers and Livinstone Daisies. Fingers crossed they flower. This is the only sheltered spot in the garden, but in shadow from around 3pm.

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Finally, I have nasturtium flowers. I’m going to have to treble the quantities I sow next year to make it worth while.

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I wonder how tall this sunflower will grow? I didn’t plant it, it just appeared. But it’s grown an inch a day since I moved it to this position. Again, this area only receives sun from 8am until 1 pm, and it’s under cover sheltering from the wind.

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In France, they are called Tournesol because the flowers turn to follow the sun, slowly turning East, South and West. In the right-hand picture – the sun is shining on the front of the house – west north-west – yet the flower bud is pointing in that direction.

They turn their heads back to face East overnight. Amazing. 



Weekend Workout

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With blue skies, no wind and warm weather on Sunday morning, it was time to tackle the small section of Raised Bed A to remove the flowering garlic stalks and create a space for my brassica seedling which have been hammering on the greenhouse walls begging to be let out.

But the cabbage whites are flying reconnaissance sorties around the patio and I daren’t risk it until some protection is in place. I ordered insect mesh at the end of May but it’s not due for delivery until end of July-August.

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I emptied the patch, collecting several more garlic bulbs and taking out the red onions I planted in March. They can’t be described as ‘large’ or even ‘medium’ but as long as they taste nice, that will be fine. Remember, these should have been planted in my allotment bed with plenty of room to grow and lots of water from all the rain. Too much competition in my raised bed at home.

I’d also emptied a couple of pots of their remaining potatoes so threw the compost onto here, added in some chicken poo pellets, removed a clump of slug or snail eggs, and dug it all in.

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With no mesh, I had to use what was to hand to form a protective cage 

  • 6 x 4 foot canes
  • 6 x screwball icecream plastic containers (for the top of each cane)
  • 4 x net curtains, of varying size, thickness, and colour
  • 1 x stapler (and a supply of staples)
  • A selection of plastic clothes pegs

I stapled the curtains together; spread the results over the canes; adjusted the sides, and pegged the curtains onto the canes, leaving one side and the front so I could get in to plant the brassicas. Then I buried some of the curtain edges, put more staples into any large gaps and pegged the rest into place.

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Yes, it does look like a (small) crime scene tent, only in this case it is stopping the murder and mutilation of my cabbages, kale and sprouts. Hopefully. Maybe just some light maiming.

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Anyway, I fitted everything in, just. The space is only 2 feet x 4 feet. But I’ve got more brassicas in a large pot inside the greenhouse, which I’ll bring outside once all danger has passed. They can’t get inside unless I leave the door open.

Should I put eggshells down?

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The garlic and onions are drying out in the greenhouse.

Six on Saturday: 11 July 2020

Thanks to everyone who read and commented on my post last Sunday about missing comments on posts. Hopefully we are all now seeing the posts we want (and deleting those we don’t).

But enough of the vagaries of WordPress and on with this week’s Six on Saturday – suggested by The Propagatorand embraced by many.

These are the sempervivums I rescued from the front of the house. They were in a temporary border made of raised bricks and gritty compost; perfect conditions but the bed is shaded for most of the day in summer and all day in winter, and they were not happy.

But a move for some to a pot placed in full sunshine, and others to a gravel box has cheered them up no end, as these flowers show.

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Are you seeing ALL comments made on your posts?


I’ve noticed recently that when I leave a comment on some posts, they don’t show up. At first I thought it was just a delay because the internet was/is extra busy since lockdown. But now I think it could be certain settings on some WordPress blogs.

So if I have ‘liked‘ your blog post, I might have left a comment too – but have you seen it?

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