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Six on Saturday – on Sunday

There is an early Autumnal feel in the air despite the occasional warmth of the sun.

1.  We have been eating beans for a couple of weeks but now there are more than we can deal with so, having made pints of Runner Bean Soup,  I have today made a big batch of Fagiolata, as suggested by our lovely neighbour. The purple beans looked lovely against the red of the tomatoey, oniony, garlicky sauce though as soon as they were cooking, they became green.

2.   The Crinodendron always delights at this time of year with some crimson flowers still, the glorious pearl-filled seed pods and the tiny new flowers just starting.

3.  The Dahlias come into their own in late August.  I  love  them  with  the white  Cosmos.There’s  our  Welly  Dog  in the  background.

4.  Hydrangea Petiolaris is even more gorgeous as it turns from white to russet.

5.  New plantings of Pak Choi and Winter Lettuce in the edible trough are beginning to come through. The upside-down hanging basket frames are to protect the seedlings from next-door’s cats.

6. We have cut the Gladioli to have indoors as the wind has not been treating them well.

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Six on Saturday – On Sunday

A day late as I was busy all day yesterday hearing about the climate emergency and how we can each be doing our bit.
July is turning out to be a month of abundance, many more blooms that I remember from last year. Perhaps I have been more vigilant about feeding and certainly the sun and rain mix has been beneficial.

1.  Day Lilies

Day Lilies

2.  Alium with bees

3.   Trailing Begonia called Million Kisses. We had these in all the chimneys and pots the year of our Golden Wedding.

One Million Kisses begonia in an old chimney cowl

4   Clematis and Dahlia in Suffragette colours – in the back garden, not in my Suffragette garden in the front.

Dahlias and Clematis

5.   Agapanthus

Agapanthus

6.  Poppy Seeds to save.  There have been dozens of Poppies, all from seed saved last year and we have labelled the ones we like the best for harvesting this year.

Frilly red poppy

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Six on Saturday – After July Rain

The garden has been parched for weeks so the heavy rain of the last couple of days has been very welcome, except where it has beaten flowers down, showing us too (as the Propagator confesses) to be too sanguine about staking the tall plants. Reminder to self – do better next year!   I love the photographic opportunity that raindrops provide.

1.  Yorkshire Fog – covered in raindrop jewels.

Yorkshire Fog grass

2.   Bill Mackenzie Clematis

Bill Mackenzie Clematis

3. Bill Mackenzie seed head

Bill Mackenzie seed head

4.  Agapanthus – these are having the most amazing year. We have at least 30 blooms on their way.

Agapanthus

5.  Clematis Warsaw Nike

Clematis Warsaw Nike

6.  Nasturtium Verve

Nasturtium Verve

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Six on Saturday – Mid July Blooms

We have been very short of rain and are having to water every evening to try to keep things going. Despite that, we think our beautiful new Hazel may be dying. It has some crisp brown leaves but we will live in hope.

1.  Colour mix Poppy. This has just appeared and we have labelled it for seed keeping though we know it’s unlikely we’ll get another next year. This grew from saved seed and is very beautiful.

2.   Mum’s Pan Stand.  I grew up with this pan stand, full of shiny pans, in the kitchen. I inherited it some years ago and we too kept it in the kitchen but then we moved back to Cornwall and there was no room inside the house for it. I put it outside, painted it black and found various pans and containers to plant in. I love the oranges and blues of this year’s display.

3.  A very full border. Lupins, Alstroemeria, Verbena Bonariensis,  Day Lilies, Cornflowers and more -and to the right, the possibly terminal, but we hope not,  Red  Hazel.

4.  Aliums.  They are beginning to change colour, at last.

5   The Edible Garden is overflowing!  We are eating the lettuces as fast as we can, using the Pansy flowers, Nasturtiums and Borage blooms in G&T ( and in salads!) and the herbs in everything!  The Olive tree has tiny buds!

6   Hydgrangea in a neighbour’s garden – such a good blue.

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Six on Saturday – Planting for Perfume

I was inspired by a blogging friend, Ute, to blog about the scents in our garden. I always want plants to give me more than one thing – colour, scent, texture, flowers, berries and we have lots that have scent as their first attribute. The main scented flowers are just outside the kitchen and along the steps up to the garden.

1. Heliotrope – also known as Cherry Pie because that is the scent.

2. Lavender – you’ll all know this one

3. Nemesia – smells of vanilla, a favourite of mine.

4. Sweet Peas  – smell of honey

5.  Dianthus – a sweet clove scent

6. Night scented Stock, a favourite from my childhood and a perfume know as Night Flowers to Daughter No 2 who in toddlerhood would wake up in the night. She was taken out to smell the Night Flowers and would then settle.

and there are all the herbs which are lovely to brush by – Sage, Rosemary, Mint and various Thymes, from next door’s garden, Jasmine and from a bit further away, the gorgeous smell of newly cut grass.

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Six on Saturday – A Moon Garden

I love white flowers. I once had a book called “Plant a Moon Garden’ which was full of white flowers to capture the moonlight. I am still working towards our Moon Garden and our white flowers are all over the garden rather than together. The next full moon is 17th June so I hope all will be aglow in our garden that evening. Here are some of our white moon-catchers.

1    Clematis Montana Alba in our shady corner with the fountain playing. This won’t still be in flower for the full moon.

Clematis Montana in our shady corner

2.  Lychnis Petit Henri. Beautiful delicate flowers on this little plant. We have two that we bought last year but they are taking their time to establish.

Lychnis Petit Henri

3.  White Cosmos.  Cosmos, pink and white, grow in profusion by the roadside in South Africa as we saw last Spring – what a delight that was – and I love having them in our garden.

White Cosmos

4.   White Cornflower  – to join the blue ones (not quite open yet)  in the blue and white border with the white Lupins and a very pale Foxglove in the back.

White Cornflower, White Lupins behind

5.   I can’t remember the name of this one, something Titanic I think………

Forgotten the name of this very tall and striking flower

6.  Mexican Fleabane Erigeron karvinskianus  We didn’t plant this but love it in our three  wall gardens. It thrives in walls all over our town, reappearing year after year and clothing winter-bare walls in no time.

Mexican Fleabane Erigeron karvinskianus

The Propagator hosts Six on Saturday. Pop over and see his blog and follow the links in the comments to other gardeners all over the world who bring their Six to the party.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2019 in Cornwall, Photography

 

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Six on Saturday – The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

Oh, we do need rain!  Things are growing well and all the grey water we have is keeping them going.

1.  The edible garden is doing well. We have eaten leaves this week and I have used Viola flowers to decorate cakes.

2.  The blue and white border is filling out and giving us colour.

3.  Our baby apple tree has some curly leaves and we aren’t sure what is attacking them. We’ve taken off the crinkly leaves and are hoping it doesn’t spread. Any ideas/ advice happily received.  We  know  we  have  to  remove  the baby  apples  as  soon  as  it  is  planted. We  are  waiting  for  some  work  to  be  done  in  that  area.

4.  Lilies We don’t know if the furry stuff is part of the flowers or is something else bad……..

5.  Dendrites  I love it when we do the Spring wash of the stone slabs and the beautiful dendrites show themselves again.

6.  Parachutes – The lovely Mr S and I do not agree about the beauty of a dandelion clock!

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