Six on Saturday: 2 September

Here we are again. Another Saturday and another Six on Saturday.

I’m going to start with a couple of “recaps”; progress reports if you like.

Remember Chesney? Well he’s flowered at last and a mighty fine bloom it is for this little survivor. He may be only a foot tall but he’s overcome adversity to get that far. And there are a fair few buds forming too.

 

Richard, aka Trachycarpus Wagnerianus has now made it to his final home. For those who may be interested, he came from The Palm House (www.thepalmhouse.co.uk – sorry that link won’t be clickable in this photo caption). They sell a wider range of plant sizes than many of their competitors and, usually, size for size are substantially cheaper. Quality’s great as is their packaging, The ring came from Everedge (www.everedge.co.uk). Their stuff may cost a bit more than plastic lawn edging but, being powder coated galvanised stuff. will last for ever; well longer than me! Install it somewhere between a bit proud of the soil surface and a bit below the blade height on your mower and you only need to run the mower a bit over the edge. No need for edging shears.

I have a few large clumps of variegated hostas which I keep meaning to dig up and divide. For many years, thanks to a mixture of hedgehogs (still here), frogs and newts (definitely still here) and nematodes (applied regularly here), this clump has grown, flowered and returned to foliage, which I have eventually cut back, with little mollusc damage. This year……..

My theory is that although I’ve managed the nematode application in wet spells, the rapidly following dry spells have killed them off. Next year I may save the bucks and not buy nematodes; instead increasing the use of (organic) slug pellets which don’t seem to have any impact on my slug devouring garden companions.

This little chap, who may have moved just at the wrong time, is a representative of the dozen or so I had to remove from my hair, clothing, inside the car …. this morning. I regret to say that shortly after this photo was taken he became homeless.

 

Something unseasonal. This clematis usually starts flowering in Chelsea week. It’s one of a collection of three (the others being red and purple) dwarf growers bought from Raymond Evison as his “Chelsea collection”. I’ve had them in the same container, growing up a bamboo support wigwam for more years than I can remember and, true to their name, every year they start to bloom on “Chelsea Tuesday”. They avoid press day of course, being rather egalitarian. This year, one has decided to have a second go, albeit looking somewhat insect nibbled.

 

Finally, this year’s total disaster. Sweet peas. I don’t know what’s gone wrong but all of my seed raised plants have sort of stayed in bed. I think I’d be exaggerating grossly if I said that I’d had a dozen flowers. A neighbour who is usually jealous of my display has, this year, exceeded all expectations and is probably expecting me to kneel in homage at the foot of his 2 metre tall and wide mass of colour. I checked the diary and was reminded that last year I had a similar experience. So time for a change I think. The posts of the south-facing fence are solid as rocks and the patio it borders is nicely sheltered on the other three sides so I’m going to attach some heavy duty support of some sort and grow Trachelospermum jasminoides to, I hope, provide summer scent when drinking wine dining outdoors.

That’s my lot for this week. Why not pop over to our host, The Propagator’s blog where you’ll find links to other blogs that join in the Six-on-Saturday meme. See you next week (as long as nothing else goes wrong ……….. but that’s another story!)

 

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2 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 2 September

  1. The weak link in nematodes is they don’t control snails who love hostas just as much as slugs. My experiment with copper strips has shown some extra protection, although some snails still managed to cross the defences.☹️

    1. Sorry for delay in responding, Brian. I also use iron phosphate pellets and a regular jaunt around the garden with my little salt water bucket. But it’s generally slugs that I’ve been picking of the hosta remains. Copper doesn’t seem to work here. Maybe the Welsh molluscs are tougher!

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