Six on Saturday 29th August

I didn’t think I’d have time to write a Six today as we have a busy day ahead, but I’m awake earlier than anticipated so I took myself out in to the garden to see what delights I could share today. Would you believe it, it’s dry! Rather blustery, but dry. At last! I really thought I was going to need an ark at some point soon!

Anyway, on to my quick Six and first up, I think, an update on my tourniqueted Sunflower which I shared last Saturday. We now have two tourniqueted Sunflowers due to the squirrel’s obsession with climbing them (and, some may say, stupidity for not realising, if it didn’t hold it last time, it’s not going to hold it this time either!)

This is the flower, so it seems that my rather dubious first aid attempts are actually working! I have to admit, as I sat at my home office desk this week gazing out over the garden being buffeted and blown by the high winds, I didn’t think it’d hold, but it’s clinging on there. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to share a fully open flower.

Moving on up (moving on out, time to break free? Black Box anyone? No? Never mind!) to the greenhouse and my peppers are finally going red.

This is a definite red now. Last week you had to squint and look at the right angle to see it but now, yep, that’s red! There are two that are like this, and another five at various stages of green. I’ll call that a success for my first time growing peppers.

Next in the greenhouse are my tomatoes.

Last week I only had the ones on the left, but now there are some growing on a second plant as well. I think this is very late and I’m keeping everything crossed that we get enough sun over the next couple of weeks for these to continue maturing (also for the rest of the peppers to grow and ripen). Although I don’t actually like tomatoes, I LOVE the smell of the plants. I may have to rethink growing them in the greenhouse next year (or grow fewer plants) because the tomato jungle has meant I’ve had no space to try taking and growing cuttings which I really wanted to do.

Next for some colour.

I’ve shared these Begonias before, but they really are looking stunning. I think they’re my favourite thing in the garden at the moment. Although, oh, my Eupatorium, and, hmmmm, my Dahlias. Well, they’re definitely in the top three anyhow! These Begonias are in my wheelbarrow planter and they’re directly in my eyeline as I sit in my home office. They look beautiful and cheerful even in the rain and I think I’ll most likely plant these every year until I die! I can’t see me ever tiring of them.

Well, ok, if you insist, of course I’ll share another picture of my Eupatorium. It would be rude not to now I’ve mentioned it, wouldn’t it?

It definitely hasn’t got as tall this year, which I hope won’t be an ongoing trend. Maybe I really should try a cutting of it, just in case! I did take one last year, and it was doing ok until it got cold and damp and then it died. Maybe I could find somewhere cat-proof inside to nurture a cutting. It has lots of new growth coming through at the moment so it’s still got time to get taller. It flowers in the Autumn though, so not much longer probably.

Finally, in recognition of the rain this week, I’ll share a rainy grass.

This is one of my Festuca Intense Blue babies that self seeded on our bistro. I nearly pulled them up last year when they appeared, but decided to leave them to see how they looked growing higgledy piggledy around their mother, and I’m glad I did because they look lovely. This one particularly took my fancy this morning as the early morning sunlight glistened off the droplets nestling in its fronds. As ever, the photo doesn’t do it justice, but it’s still lovely.

There we go, that was a quick Six so now on with the business of the day – lunch at Webbs Garden Centre, followed by a browse of the plants (and most likely a purchase or three) and then off to meet my lockdown nephew for the first time. A coronial baby apparently is the newly coined term! Have a mosey on over to the Propagator’s blog for more Sixes.

9 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 29th August

  1. Chris Mousseau 173109 SatEurope/London2020-08-29T09:59:06+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSat, 29 Aug 2020 09:59:06 +0100 2017 / 9:59 am

    Open or not, it’s a great photo of your sunflower. Hope yuo can get some seeds before the squirrels (or birds) do!

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    • greengirlgardener 173110 SatEurope/London2020-08-29T10:43:16+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSat, 29 Aug 2020 10:43:16 +0100 2017 / 10:43 am

      Thank you. Yes I hope so! The squirrels just brazenly sit there eating them 🤣.

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  2. tonytomeo 173104 MonEurope/London2020-08-31T04:40:38+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonMon, 31 Aug 2020 04:40:38 +0100 2017 / 4:40 am

    Is the Festuca true to type? Mine was greener than the blue parents. I do not remember the cultivar of the original.

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    • greengirlgardener 173108 MonEurope/London2020-08-31T08:27:55+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonMon, 31 Aug 2020 08:27:55 +0100 2017 / 8:27 am

      It’s more blue than green, but the same as yours, it’s not as blue as the parent. Still lovely though 😁.

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      • tonytomeo 173111 MonEurope/London2020-08-31T23:07:23+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonMon, 31 Aug 2020 23:07:23 +0100 2017 / 11:07 pm

        Actually, I preferred the subsequent generation because the texture was softer. . . . and I sort of did not like the original color in that particular application. I just know that there are times when reversion is not an attribute.

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  3. Pádraig 173006 TueEurope/London2020-09-01T18:59:46+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonTue, 01 Sep 2020 18:59:46 +0100 2017 / 6:59 pm

    That’s just a really lovely post, Sarah. I am also very addicted to Begonias and yours looks very like one of mine. I can see why we are as we are!
    I’m also very taken by your interesting style of writing. I find it so much easier to want to read a post in detail rather than skimming when the writer puts some of him/herself into it! Bravo, a chara. 🇮🇪

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    • greengirlgardener 173008 WedEurope/London2020-09-02T08:20:45+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonWed, 02 Sep 2020 08:20:45 +0100 2017 / 8:20 am

      Oh thank you, that’s very kind 😁.


  4. Ken Barker 173010 ThuEurope/London2020-09-10T10:49:30+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonThu, 10 Sep 2020 10:49:30 +0100 2017 / 10:49 am

    Your photos seem particularly good this week Sarah

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    • greengirlgardener 173011 ThuEurope/London2020-09-10T11:02:00+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonThu, 10 Sep 2020 11:02:00 +0100 2017 / 11:02 am

      Thanks Ken. Must’ve been the early morning light 😁.


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