Six on Saturday: 19 June 2021

Today’s featured image is a Small Magpie Moth, found behind a bin while tidying up last Sunday. It’s apparently quite common around Britain and Ireland but it’s the first I’ve seen. I’m a litle late for The Propagator’s Six on Saturday garden party as I’ve been busy in the Potting Shed and on-call for assistance as Hubby carries out a Top-Secret Project which, as usual creates a lot of noise and mess, and he must be supervised at all times. (I turned my back for 2 seconds and he decided to sharpen a pencil and drop the shavings on the patio – on the basis he’d brush it up later).

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Monthly Round-up: May 2021

This month has been a complete wash-out, literally; and when it wasn’t raining, we had overnight frosts. Everything is weeks behind and the soil is still cold to the touch.

First, a look at the saracennia (pitcher plant). This has been overwintering in the Potting Shed as it needs a couple of months of cold temperatures before it starts its new growth cycle. It’s been re-potted twice (July and November 2020) since I bought it in December 2019, in nothing more than the moss my brother raked from his lawn. Then, at the end of March, my favourite TV gardener said it was time to cut off the old pitchers to allow new ones to grow. So I did.

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Six on Saturday: 13 March 2021

I prepared this week’s SoS early as I’m having my Covid jab at 8.30 am, so by the time you read this, the deed should be done! I mentioned last week that hubbie had had his jab the day before; my (younger) brother had his on Monday and slept from 4.30 pm until 5.30am the next morning – so it may be sometime before I get round to reading everyone’s contributions to The Propagator’s Six on Saturday weekly international virtual event.

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On my brother’s advice, I went ahead and snipped out the growing tips of the ‘Cupani’ sweet peas. By quite a lot.

My sarracenia pitcher plant has been enjoying a winter holiday, first in the cold conservatory, now in the potting shed. The older ‘pitchers’ are dying back – as they are supposed to – and will eventually be snipped off. It will need repotting when the weather warms up and it starts growing again, though there are tiny pitchers appearing already. Hopefully, I should be able to divide it at the same time.

The first ‘Pickwick’ crocus and the first anemone ‘Blanda Bleu’ have appeared in my galvanised pots; and the muscari have buds forming. I’m looking forward to seeing these pots in full bloom.

My brother made me this gadget for pressing down compost in seed trays: I’m sure it has an official name. What do you call yours?

Apparently it’s called a tray tamper or a press board!

I’ve given up using my smallest module trays for sowing vegetable seeds; it’s too difficult to extract the seedlings without wrecking them or the small cells. Instead I’ve treated myself to these – 2 packs, 40 pots in all.

And with my hanging basket liners literally hanging by a thread, I’ve invested in this sheet of liner material so I can cut my own.