Six from the Archives (2): 1 January 2022

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone survived the recent festivities with waistlines and tempers intact. Here in North Wales, the weather has been grey and wet for two weeks, with a little wind thown in for good measure – not at all condusive to walking off those extra calories, though we have restrained ourselves and the chest freezer in the garage remains full.

I managed to get up to date with my OU course by Christmas Eve so took the full four days off from studying or writing. On TV, Gardener’s World – the final winter special on Christmas Eve – was a haven among the mayhem. The Weakest Link in its new incarnation was amusing. Anything by Aardman Animations is a joy; and where would we be without a Christmas themed Sewing Bee or two?

That was last year, though I am sticking with the theme for the first Six on Saturday of 2022 – with Part 2 of my look back over my 2021 garden.

July

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Six on Saturday: 2 October 2021

I don’t believe it! One (maybe more) of our local garden centres has already put out their Christmas decorations this week. Anyone else spotted similar activities? Me? I take my optical fibre tree off the top of the wardrobe on Christmas Eve and put it back the day after Boxing Day!

A very quick SoS today as the second year of my OU course officially starts today so it’s heads down and no talking in class!

Fuchsia hedge doing its thing and brightening a shady corner. I don’t want to prune it while it is still producing flowers.

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Six on Saturday: 25 September 2021

This week’s featured image is an Elephant Hawk Moth. I first saw one of these ‘live’ on 23 August 2020, and my second last Tuesday (21 September). Remembering someone said they ate fuchsia, I encouraged it onto a plant saucer and placed it under my newly established fuchsia hedge at the back of Raised Bed A. The hedge needs a good trim so I can spare plenty of juicy stems/leaves for such an exotic creature. Without further ado, here are my Six for this grey and murkey Saturday, shared with a wide-ranging group of gardeners around the globe via The Propagator.

Verbena bonariensis – the final curtain? I’ve already take some of the faded flowerheads and sprinkled them along the front border in the hope they will self-seed and grow.

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