Six on Saturday 18th May

Evening all.

I wasn’t sure if I’d get round to doing a Six on Saturday today, but I find myself sat on the sofa at a loose end having spent the afternoon in the garden, so here I am.

I’ve had a productive few hours outside planting out my plants grown from seed and also a fun time taking photos. I was hoping to be able to make one of my points on garden critters, but the bees are so busy that none of them stayed still long enough for me to snap them. I’ll save that idea up for a future six.

So, number one – my Sunflowers, Sweet Peas and Cosmos are finally planted out.

They all seem to have coped ok with being left outside while I was away with work. Some of the Sunflowers are possibly slightly droopy so I’ve staked those that needed it using random sticks that I found in the garden. I’ve been thinking a lot about sustainability and reusing resources lately so I wanted to use what I had available to me.

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Here they are all in situ. The Sunflowers are in two (OCD inducingly wonky) lines behind my birthday planter with the hope being that they’ll get big enough to rise above the planter so we can see them from our back windows, the Sweet Peas are tied into the frame and seem reasonably happy (so far) and the Cosmos are dotted around in three clusters to the back left and right of the frame and the front right by my Eupatorium. It doesn’t matter if the Sunflowers obscure the view of the Sweet Peas because I’m intending to use them for steady supply of cut flowers for our house and work, if I get enough.

On to number two.

I’ve hardened off my Calendula as well, but I don’t think they’re quite ready to be planted out yet so I’ve repotted them individually as they were all bunched together in their former home. Hopefully they’ll all thrive and then I think I’ll put them in my wheelbarrow to replace the primroses which don’t seem to be doing too well.

Number three – Funky Veg and Chillis and Spice update.

If you read my last post, you’ll know I was on a work trip in Italy from Monday to Thursday. I watered my seedlings in the greenhouse before I went and thought they be ok while I was away so didn’t leave hubby instructions to check them. Rookie error – the UK had good weather while I was away (typical!) and when I checked on my return everything was looking very sorry for itself! Noooooooooo!!! I watered everything well and went to bed with crossed fingers.

When I checked in the morning most looked well improved, and the above photos are how they are now. The Coriander’s recovered completely and even has its first true leaves and most of the Jalapeños look to have survived but I think the Cumin’s had it!

It’s touch and go with the Funky Veg. I think the two Stripy Tomatoes, the Yellow Courgette and the Purple Carrots will make it, but the Red Brussel Sprouts and the Rainbow Swiss Chard may have deserted me.

I have several other Yellow Courgettes growing and they’ve all recovered bar one so I don’t think I’ll have any shortage of courgettes! They’ve grown their first true leaves as well. I’ll be able to give some away soon.

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Number four – out of the greenhouse to the raised beds.

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The top photo is of the Strawberries and Raspberries. But it’s a mixed bag here. The Strawberry plants are flowering so I’m confident that they’ll fruit but the Raspberry canes are a whole different story. There are two different varieties and the ones at the top of the photo are supposed to be later fruiting, but they’re the ones with leaves. The ones to the right haven’t done anything at all! I planted them as soon as I bought them home so I’m not sure what’s gone wrong. I’m not overly confident about the ones that do have leaves because all the canes in the garden centres have lots more leaves. Very disappointing. Maybe I should bite the bullet and go to buy some more.

The bottom photo shows more success, thankfully. To the left are a couple of rows of Peas, in front of my feet are Carrots and on the right there’s a row of Red Onions and a row of Leeks, there’s not so many of them so it’s hard to see them. Apart from the Peas, they all look like wispy bits of grass but I’m hoping they’ll come good. Certainly the Peas and Carrots are going to need thinning out. I could do the Peas now, but the Carrots are so bunched up that I need them to grow a bit so there’s enough to get hold of.

Number five – Lunaria (or Honesty). It feels like it hasn’t lasted long, but I just looked back to when I first told you it was flowering and it was 6th April so I guess it’s not that short-lived. It just seems it, I suppose, because we’ve had a holiday and I’ve had a work trip during its flowering time.

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It does have a few flowers left but, as you can see, it’s covered in seed pods now. I must investigate how to harvest the seeds so I can grow a few more. It still looks impressive without flowers because it’s so tall.

Finally, number six – a new plant has grown itself. It appears to be some form of Geranium judging by its leaves, but it’s not the same as the other Geraniums in the garden, they have single, plain brightish pink flowers, but this one has these …..

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It’s growing itself in a pot that was left in our garden when we moved in so it’s all entirely free! Good for my sustainability (and frugality, which isn’t generally my strong point!)

I have loads more to share in the garden so it was hard to narrow this down to six! I really wanted to show you all the colour that’s springing up so maybe I’ll do another post tomorrow because I don’t want to break the Propagator’s rules! Check out his page for more sixes.

Right now, I think I’ll pour myself a glass of wine and head over there myself. Happy Saturday all.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 18th May

  1. Lisa 173109 SatEurope/London2019-05-18T21:02:46+01:00Europe/London05bEurope/LondonSat, 18 May 2019 21:02:46 +0100 2017 / 9:02 pm

    You have so many nice beds. I to have random bamboo sticks to use in the beds. I actually have some nasty bamboo I’m always cutting back, so make my own sticks!
    If your raspberries take off, will you have room? I started with one in a pot, then planted 12 of its babies in a 4×8 bed. It took over, started coming up in paths. I need to get rid of them! I stopped watering them one summer, and was able to just lift the dead canes out, no more sprouting anywhere! They were Meeker.
    Are your nights still really cold? I ask because my volunteer calendulas came up months ago, and have not only survived the late winter, early spring freezes, but are the biggest calendulas I’ve ever grown!

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    • greengirlgardener 173110 SatEurope/London2019-05-18T22:45:59+01:00Europe/London05bEurope/LondonSat, 18 May 2019 22:45:59 +0100 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you. I really don’t know with the raspberries – it’s the first time I’ve ever tried to grow them so I’ll see what happens. I’m already thinking that I need to build at least one more raised bed because I’m getting quite addicted to growing stuff. I’m pretty sure the last frost has passed now, but we can’t guarantee it here until the middle of May really. The Calendula were grown in the greenhouse, I sowed them sometime at the beginning of April I think 🌱

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  2. 40andfeelinit 173112 SunEurope/London2019-05-19T00:54:38+01:00Europe/London05bEurope/LondonSun, 19 May 2019 00:54:38 +0100 2017 / 12:54 am

    Love that you’re using natural resources you found to help your garden grow!

    The new mystery plant that grew itself is beautiful, so pretty!

    I have a stubborn little raspberry plant too. Planted it last year and was really looking forward to it taking off this year but my raspberries are just so tiny and barely any of them…. Seems raspberry bushes are a but fussy for us, lol.

    You’re growing so much fun stuff, can’t wait to see how everything grows for you!

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  3. Jim Stephens 173109 SunEurope/London2019-05-19T21:44:41+01:00Europe/London05bEurope/LondonSun, 19 May 2019 21:44:41 +0100 2017 / 9:44 pm

    You don’t have to do much to get seeds from honesty, leave it where it is until the seeds are ripe and peel off the outer layers of the seed heads so you’re left with the silvery membrane in the middle and seeds all over the place. We cut them down when most of the seeds are ripe and hang them to dry, they last for years once dry. Raspberries are often difficult to get going, I doubt you did anything wrong. I think your mystery geranium is Geranium macrorhizum, seed will have come in from somewhere.

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 MonEurope/London2019-05-20T07:07:05+01:00Europe/London05bEurope/LondonMon, 20 May 2019 07:07:05 +0100 2017 / 7:07 am

      Thank you. That’s really helpful 😁.

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  4. tonytomeo 173104 FriEurope/London2019-05-24T04:09:37+01:00Europe/London05bEurope/LondonFri, 24 May 2019 04:09:37 +0100 2017 / 4:09 am

    It is not easy to miss a Six on Saturday. It is addictive.
    How cool that you can still grow sweet peas, even after your honesty is done. It seems to be too late in the season.

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