Another quick and cheerful selection this week in pursuance of my obligations to the Six on Saturday meme, skilfully managed by the one and only Propagator. If you ride your land-train over to his blog, you will find a growing number of links to other sixes in the comments appended to his six-post of the day. If you fancy taking part in the meme, click the link on the right of this page to jump to a simple guide on how to go about it.
And while I’m plugging away, I’ll plug my other web site at GardenBlogs.Online (there’s also a link to that on the right). Each week I add ten more to the growing list of gardening blogs. This week’s ten (published on Wednesday 6th) were all Sixers. There’s already a lot of Sixers in the list, of course, and I’ll be adding more over coming weeks with maybe another exclusively SoS ten soon.
So here, in no particular order, are the nominations from Rivendell.
1 Fatsia Leaves
It’s the time of year when Fatsias produce new leaves. Mine has gone ballistic this year, increasing its height by about a foot-and-a-half of solid leaf in the process.
2 Slug Damage
I bought some hostas at my HPS group’s plant sale a couple of weeks ago. Whilst awaiting space to plant them into (you don’t expect me to only buy plants for which space already exists, do you?) I popped them into the cold frame. I forgot that, unlike the greenhouse, which is welded to paving slabs and so offers no means of entry, the cold frame, on gravel with gaps under the frame, doubles up as an overnight slug hotel. A couple of days later and my hostas were toast. Well they weren’t toast, which is made by burning bread, but they were a shadow of their former selves. Well they weren’t a shadow of their former selves as there wasn’t enough of them left to cast a shadow. Does anyone know if hostas will regrow from stumps?
I thought my Armeria had come and gone. Well the more up-market ones (with names) have but my common-or-garden Armeria maritima has responded to a cut back by flowering again.
I planted a few poppies last year. They rewarded me by keeling over and dying to a man (or woman, not sure what sex they were). I didn’t get round to digging them up which has turned out to be a good thing (for definition of “good thing”, please see “1066 And All That” by Sellars and Yeatman). They have returned from the grave this year, bigger and better. I just have to wait for them to flower before knowing which is which (as I did remove the labels). The first has now flowered and must be “Patty’s Plum”.
A blaze of purple in my white border. I plan my planting carefully (not)!
5 Plant Labels
In a comment on last week’s Six, Gill Heavens pleaded with me to show her my plant labels. Well she was a bit more specific in asking to see the labels of my new plants. So here they are, just before I stuck them into the ground along with the plants they are guarding.
Of course, that’s not all. I have more large labels to plant out this week.
I’m always happy when these start flowering. They’re late this year but I can now look forward to a mass of colour until November, or maybe later. These are two different varieties. I have several more which are just budding at the moment.
Right that’s it for this week. Must get back to the planting. Reading other blogs will have to wait until I’ve finished reading last week’s lot this evening; there are so many contributors now. Until next time, enjoy your garden.