A rather dull selection for a dull morning, though the sun is making some effort. The days are cooler now and other than a general tidy up, there’s not a lot I can do in the garden. Things like the iris foliage still isn’t far enough gone to remove without a lot of effort, and there is no point brushing up leaves just yet. So this will probably be my last Six on Saturday for a while. (I know, I said that before but things kept growing.)
It was probably not a good idea to grow cucumbers in the Potting Shed on the table where I usually have my sweetpeas growing in root trainers. ‘Crystal Lemon’ is fruiting well after a slow start.
Good morning from a very grey and drab part of North Wales though not foggy as I believe it is ‘down south’. Showers are forecast for later in the day so we’ve taken a chance and hung washing out. I doubt it will be there for very long. My husband will have to keep an eye on the weather as I’m about to start the second week of my course as soon as I’ve posted this week’s Six on Saturday, courtesy of The Propagator.
Welsh onions – aka Japanese bunching onions – my red onions have finally grown to a reasonable size; the white remain tiny, like spring onion seedlings. Unfortunately, my brother failed to listen to instructions for the two clumps I gave him – separating them out into singles rather than planting each clump as it was – and he’s now complaining that they’re not bunching!
Another bright and sunny morning. We’ve had good weather for a few days now – warm enough to sit outside for coffee. And I have been walking round with a big smile on my face since Thursday evening when I overheard my neighbour discussing his trees with The Gardener. I think it will be a few weeks before we see any action (waiting for the leaves to fall), but at least – finally – there will be daylight!
I’ve been calling these plants begonias, though I’m not sure if they are or not. Online research suggests they are wax begonias, so if anyone can confirm one way or another, I would be grateful. These were one plant from our charity pot bought summer 2020 – no labels provided. I split it in two and kept it ov erwinter in the Tiny Greenhouse (watered sparingly – when I remembered). I shall do the same this year.
The week started with warm sunshine and cool breezes, Wednesday morning was spent at the allotment in sunshine harvesting my onions; Thursday, rain (as forecast) and a strong breeze (which wasn’t). Friday, sun. Saturday, rain (so far) and cool enough to require a lightweight fleece top – indoors!
Name that Plant – I found something online that looks very similar to this unidentified ‘ornamental grass’ my brother gave me last year – it’s Juncus Effusus, the common rush. It likes moist, poorly drained soil so I’ve stood the pot beneath a drip from the conservatory gutter.
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).
After a grey but dry start to the morning the sun has broken through the cloud cover. If it hangs around long enough, I might be tempted out to the front garden to remove some dead foliage.
I’ve been watching sparrows collecting dried Mexican feather grass, one had so many rammed into its beak it could hardly take off. Despite plenty of interest, I don’t think we have any blue tits nesting in the bird box, which is a shame. This time last year, we were building the Tiny Greenhouse and they were in and out of the nest box all day long.
Never mind, there is always plenty of wildlife to see in other Six on Saturday posts, hosted by The Propagator. I’ll be popping in from time to time to have a look between study activities.
This pot of mizuna mix is now supplementing our salads. It’s a shame it couldn’t do the same over the winter months as intended! I have a tray of the same leaves in the Potting Shed, and some new lettuce seedlings are making an effort.