Six on Saturday 28th September

It feels like a very long time since I did a Six on Saturday. I was away on holiday in Spain for a week, and then I had a day to catch up, then had to jet straight back off to Spain for a work trip, then it was my birthday the day after I got back, so it feels like I’ve had a hectic couple of weeks. It felt really luxurious to have a lie in this morning.

The weather at home while we were on holiday was pretty good so the garden didn’t look too bad when we got back, but then while I was away for work there was a day of heavy downpours and, going by the look of my bistro ……

…… it was somewhat windy too! Unfortunately my leaf blower died on me last time I used it, so I may have to sort this out longhand (so to speak!)

Anyway, on to today’s Six. Don’t forget to pop over to the Propagator’s blog if you want to check out more Sixes.

Number one.

I’m far too embarrassed by the state of our front garden to show you the whole thing – suffice it to say, there’s somewhat of a dandelion party going on! I would like to show you my Hydrangea though.

This was an acquisition earlier this Summer from the sale table at Notcutts and it’s done really well. I wanted something that will grow quite big so it’ll take up lots of space and make maintaining the front a bit easier (hopefully!) so I jumped at this as soon as I saw it. Its flowers have been the palest of green through the Summer, but now they’re morphing into this beautiful pink.

Number two.

Into the back garden for the rest of my points, and I think I’ll start with my Sunflower which is almost properly open.

I was worried it would open while we were on holiday, and then while I was away for work, but it’s held on to save the best for my return. Probably tomorrow or Monday it’ll be at its full glory.

Just to give you an idea of how tall it’s grown, that’s the top of my head, and I’m five foot four. I’ll measure it later, but it’s got to be eight feet tall.

Number three.

The Coleus and Eupatorium cuttings in the greenhouse look to be doing quite well.

The purple Coleus and the Eupatorium are both starting to grow new leaves, which seems like it should be a good sign, but as this is my first time taking cuttings I might be wrong! Hopefully they’re growing roots as well as leaves. Maybe I should pinch the new leaves out so they focus purely on the roots. Any words of wisdom on this?

The red Coleus doesn’t look as happy, but I found the slithery perpetrator of that nibbled leaf still in the pot, so that explains it! He got unceremoniously chucked up the garden!

Number four.

I’ve still got some veg on the go.

Charlotte potatoes which have started to sprout nicely. I’ll get out later to cover as much as I can with compost to try to encourage more spuds. These are supposed to be ready for our Christmas lunch.

There’s a few leeks growing as well. These were supposed to be ready in October, but they look a way off yet, so maybe we’ll be able to have these for Christmas lunch too in a nice cheese sauce. Yum!

Number five.

The plants that continue to delight through Autumn are coming into their own.

The Eupatorium is starting to flower. They look pink to start off with and then when they open they’re a lovely bright white.

The Heather is showing off beautiful bright colours ….

…. as is the Cyclamen.

Finally the Callicarpa Bodinieri is starting to grow its purple berries, which is precisely why I bought one after falling in love with the berries this time last year.

Number six.

The trusty Cosmos.

Still going strong, as you can see.

The poor things are in desperate need of some deadheading though so I’ll do that over the weekend to try to prolong their pretty blooms.

That’s it then for this week. I’m off to the shops soon on a birthday shopping trip so no doubt I’ll tell you all about that soon.

Have a great weekend folks!

6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 28th September

  1. Jim Stephens 173003 SatEurope/London2019-09-28T15:59:44+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSat, 28 Sep 2019 15:59:44 +0100 2017 / 3:59 pm

    I wouldn’t pinch anything off your cuttings, at this stage any growth they make before winter is a good thing and will help them get through until spring. It’s a good sign, it means they almost certainly have roots. The Coleus will need to be kept frost free and preferably a bit warmer than that. Don’t let them dry out completely but keep them on the dry side. That Eupatorium is a handsome thing, took me a while to work out which one it was, E. rugosum ‘Chocolate’?

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    • greengirlgardener 173009 SatEurope/London2019-09-28T21:03:31+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSat, 28 Sep 2019 21:03:31 +0100 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you, that’s very useful info. I’ll see if I can bring the Coleus inside when it gets cold – my problem is finding somewhere the cats can’t get to because they chew anything that grows! I love my Eupatorium, such beautiful colours in the leaves, and yes, it’s Chocolate.

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      • tonytomeo 173106 FriEurope/London2019-10-04T06:22:53+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonFri, 04 Oct 2019 06:22:53 +0100 2017 / 6:22 am

        You should only pinch off floral trusses if they should appear, which they should not do for a while. Foliar growth is a asset right now. As it matures, the original leaves will fall away. Of course, since they are not actively growing out in the garden with warm weather, the old leaves may linger for quite a while.

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      • greengirlgardener 173107 FriEurope/London2019-10-04T07:07:00+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonFri, 04 Oct 2019 07:07:00 +0100 2017 / 7:07 am

        Thank you. I’ll keep an eye out for any flowers. It’s getting cold here now so I hope they manage to grow quite a bit before the winter really sets in.

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  2. March Picker 173008 SatEurope/London2019-09-28T20:30:16+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSat, 28 Sep 2019 20:30:16 +0100 2017 / 8:30 pm

    That lovely hydrangea was a great find. Photo with top of your head cracked me up!


  3. cavershamjj 173007 MonEurope/London2019-09-30T07:46:19+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonMon, 30 Sep 2019 07:46:19 +0100 2017 / 7:46 am

    I’ve enjoyed the cosmos this year, still going strong here too, although I forgot to deadhead this weekend. Head torch job tonight perhaps…

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