Six on Saturday 3rd August

Evening all.  I’m a bit late to the party today! I spent the day sitting in the hairdressers’s chair, then perusing a garden centre and then lounging on what is one of today’s Six.

Unusually, four of today’s Six, whilst being in the garden, aren’t actually alive. Wait! Are bananas alive once they’re harvested? Hmmm ….

As I’ve mentioned it, we’ll start with the banana for number one.

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Despite planting as many butterfly attracting plants as possible, like the Buddleia above, we still don’t get very many butterflies fluttering into our garden, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I’ve been leaving some bananas to ripen in our kitchen for more than a week and today ….

…. I hung them in the garden. Anyone who’s ever been to a butterfly farm will know that butterflies adore bananas. This may be a really bad move and I might just be attracting flies or squirrels, but I thought it was worth a try.

Second inanimate object, that I mentioned above for number two, and one that I think necessitates an apology from me. We now have this luxury in our garden.

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The reason for the apology? It was delivered a week ago yesterday, I got it mostly put together and then it started raining …. and it pretty much hasn’t stopped since! It’s the universe punishing me for daring to purchase such an extravagance. Our gardens needed the rain though, right? It’s still not completely erected – it has a canopy to go over it. Assuming it’s dry tomorrow I’ll get that done. It’s so blissful sitting on it. It’s going to be my go-to Summer crochet/kindle/daydreaming location. Unfortunately it’s too far from the house to pick up our WiFi so I won’t be blogging from there.

Numbers three and four are some of today’s garden centre purchases. Firstly, we invested in a new bird bath. We had one already, but it’s tiny and we really don’t get many birds in it. In fact, the most popular visitor to it is next door’s cat to quench his thirst! It’s a small bird bath so is perfect height for a parched feline – we’re going to leave his watering hole in situ and hope the birds realise there’s a new public baths available for them. The new one is not only much more attractive than the old one, but it’s much taller so I don’t think the cats will bother with it.

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The second purchase I want to show you, I’m really pleased with. I’ve been eying up an ornament in Notcutts for a few weeks now that I’d absolutely fallen in love with, but on which I really couldn’t justify spending over a hundred pounds. It’s a little dragon and he’s having a snooze and his tail is draped over his nose to keep it warm just like our cats do. It’s so very cute, but really, over a hundred pounds for a garden ornament? So much money!

Anyway, I stumbled over one pretty much the same in Dobbies today for a third of the price, so hubby bought it for me (imagine happy face emoji!!)

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I haven’t decided where he’s going to permanently nap, so for now I’ve left him under the care of my little wellington-booted froglet.

I’m going to move on to living things now for my final two points.

First is a Calendula that I grew from seed that is also being supervised by my rainy day froglet.

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I don’t feel that these Calendula are particularly successful. I think maybe I left them in pots too long and they’ve gone really leggy. This pot doesn’t really fit in my straw sheep, but I shoved it in there a couple of weeks ago  just to fill a space and now it’s flowered for me.

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Although the whole plant is a bit lanky and awkward, the flowers are pretty. It hasn’t completely unfurled yet.

Finally, my Rose Hot Chocolate. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this one before. It was a gift from my Mum not long after we moved into our house.

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It had its first flower a few weeks ago and it’s been going strong ever since. In fact, it’s never been so prolific before! I normally get two flowers and then one more towards the end of the Summer if I’m lucky!

It’s not done yet either!

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I pruned it reasonably hard earlier this year, after it had flowered the first time which I thought would be detrimental to future blooming this year. Obviously I was wrong as it’s producing beautiful and fragrant flowers.

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Hope you enjoyed my mostly non-living Six (although the jury’s still out on the banana question). If you want to check out other Sixes, pop over to the Propagator’s blog for links.

6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 3rd August

  1. Hortus Baileyana 173106 SunEurope/London2019-08-04T18:07:21+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSun, 04 Aug 2019 18:07:21 +0100 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I didn’t know about butterflies liking bananas, but I hope they bring in the hoards. I hope there will be a photo if it works.

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    • greengirlgardener 173110 SunEurope/London2019-08-04T22:08:21+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSun, 04 Aug 2019 22:08:21 +0100 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Definitely will be. It’s not working yet though 😏.

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  2. tonytomeo 173106 MonEurope/London2019-08-05T06:01:43+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonMon, 05 Aug 2019 06:01:43 +0100 2017 / 6:01 am

    Those bananas are silly, but not the silliest I have seen. Supposedly, staghorn ferns like bananas to be dropped in on top every so often. My colleague down south did it a bit too often. While grooming the neighbor’s avocado tree, I happened to look down to see a pie of mostly dried or rotten bananas in the top of one of his big staghorn ferns, surrounded by a big herd of tiny gnats. It was funny. He thought they were all just rotting away, and they probably have since then, but to see them all in one spot was funny. In this region, we have banana slugs, which look like animated bananas.

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  3. Lora Hughes 173103 TueEurope/London2019-08-06T15:16:53+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonTue, 06 Aug 2019 15:16:53 +0100 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Your the 2nd person to feature hot chocolate rose, so I had to look it up & now I’m wondering where it might go . . . SoS is so bad on my wallet. Good to know a hard prune won’t stop a 2nd flush. Your calendula might enjoy its freedom from the pot, but it’s got several more buds on it, so hasn’t done talking just yet. If you deadhead it, it might grow side shoots & produce even more flowers. It’s really a great colour. Love the new bird bath. I have bee bowls w/rocks in them. The magpies simply kick the rocks out & bath away. They’d undoubtedly swoon over yours.

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    • greengirlgardener 173103 TueEurope/London2019-08-06T15:34:48+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonTue, 06 Aug 2019 15:34:48 +0100 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Ha pesky magpies! I really want to dislike them because they have a mean temperament, but they’re so pretty and I kind of admire their tenacity! I’ve not heard of bee baths but it makes sense that they’d need some water (and rocks to save drowning!) I’ll look into that.

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      • Lora Hughes 173104 TueEurope/London2019-08-06T16:31:34+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonTue, 06 Aug 2019 16:31:34 +0100 2017 / 4:31 pm

        My bee bowls are just derelict kitchen gear, from shallow bowls to frying pans, filled w/rocks. Pebbles are better for the bees, as there’s less chance of drowning, but my dogs like to drink from them, which gives me concern about swallow pebbles, so I do both. And magpies are great! Guess you love ’em or hate ’em.

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