Six on Saturday 21st August

I’ve been very remiss and haven’t joined in with the Propagator’s Six on Saturday for several weeks. I have to admit to having become somewhat disillusioned with our garden over the past few weeks. Whilst I’m incredibly grateful, especially given the events of the past eighteen months or so, for our outside space, this summer it’s seemed like all it’s done is take with very little give! The weeds have gone crazy, it’s been impossible to keep up with pulling them out. I even thought about including one of them in this week’s Six because it’s been so prominent in recent times but then I decided that rogues shouldn’t be glorified so instead I’ll just bemoan the common violet and it’s prolific self-seeding ways. I don’t mind the look of them, but this year they’ve got everywhere!! Our gravelled bistro (with weed control fabric underneath) has become like the Forth Bridge – as soon as I get to the end of pulling the violets out, I have to start again and, quite frankly, that is not how I want to spend my free time!!

Anyway, on to the first of my Six. I said there has been very little give from the garden this year, but there has been success with the runner beans.

We ate the first lot that I harvested with our Gousto meal yesterday (it was supposed to be served with garlicky kale, but really, does anyone actually like kale? We don’t in this house!) As I was preparing them that fresh bean smell really reminded me of my Granny who passed away earlier this year. I’m not even sure why it reminded me of her, but it did. My Grandad used to grow veg so no doubt he’ll have grown runner beans, but I don’t actually recall preparing them with Granny. It was a nice smell-evoked memory anyway. I’ve harvested another lot this morning and there are loads more growing. Can’t beat fresh, homegrown beans!

In the greenhouse, it’s not such a success story!

This is my one solitary tomato that’s grown! These are Maskotka tomatoes which are a trailing variety. They’re absolutely covered in flowers, but no fruit! I suspect there’s not enough summer left for any more to develop now. I don’t like tomatoes, but that’s absolutely not the point, I still want to grow them! I think, because of next door’s jungle, we just don’t get enough sun, even when it does make an appearance!

On that topic, we were astonished last week to receive a text from next door asking if he could pop round to look at the trees from our side as he’s going to get a tree surgeon in to do some hacking! I don’t think he’s planning to hack as much as we’d like him to, but anything’s better than nothing and he is going to take down the one that’s about a metre from my office/Harry Potter room and his back bedroom, so that will let more light in. Some before and after pics may well be in order when he does get it done.

Outside the greenhouse I have some sunflowers. I always grow sunflowers and they’re never very successful. Everyone else’s are just about finishing and mine are still thinking about opening. That’s the ones that haven’t been eaten by squirrels anyway!

This one is yawning, stretching and thinking about opening up so I thought I’d record it now before it gets destroyed by a squirrel. You never know, I might be able to include a photo of it fully open next time, but just in case, at least it’s featured now.

Next to the sunflowers I have sweetpeas, also unsuccessful (do you see the theme?) I have very few flowers and whilst I was waiting for enough to pick a posy, they went to seed. I don’t understand how the weather seems to have been perfect for violets, dandelions and other undesirables to thrive, but not for the plants that I actually want. I think that may be called Murphy’s Law (if we’re being polite).

These ones look quite pretty covered in raindrops so I thought I’d feature them so that all that time sowing and nurturing them wasn’t a complete waste of time! I guess it’s all a learning process, some years it works, others it doesn’t!

I haven’t featured my favourite eupatorium this year. It came back, as it does every year, but again, it hasn’t done as well as in other years.

The leaves are still beautiful but it hasn’t grown as tall as usual, or as abundantly. Maybe it’s time to take a few cuttings and try to propagate myself a few more. How does that work, though, with plants that completely die down in the winter? Do you have to take them early enough to allow them to properly grow in their first season so that they come back? I’ll investigate.

Finally, another tribute to Granny. I bought this rose early in the summer and still haven’t found a place to plant it out. It’s called Sheila’s Perfume, which was Granny’s name, and it’s produced beautiful two tone blooms that I think she’d have loved.

She looks lovely with the raindrops on her as well. I must find the perfect place to plant her out because the summer completely fades away. I just need it to stop raining so I can get out there. Oh, and for my back to remember that it’s in its forties not nineties!!!

Hope everyone manages to make the most of the weekend, despite the weather. Maybe I’ll go off and live vicariously though some of the Sixes written by people living in warmer climes.

7 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 21st August

  1. Kenneth Barker 173103 SatEurope/London2021-08-21T15:21:31+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSat, 21 Aug 2021 15:21:31 +0100 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Hi Sarah, Condolences on losing Granny Sheila this year. My mum, also called Sheila, slowly disappeared over a two year period with dementia and finally died this year too in March aged 91. I used to store up my news for our weekly phone calls and still catch myself doing that now. I feel very fortunate that I had a mum for so many years and there was plenty of warning that she was not going to be around for ever so it was much less of a shock. best wishes Ken

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 SatEurope/London2021-08-21T19:16:58+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSat, 21 Aug 2021 19:16:58 +0100 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you Ken, and so sorry to hear about your mum too. It was unexpected with Granny (even though she was 89) so a bit of a shock but, like you, I’m grateful to have had her here for so long and I know she’s happy with Grandad now xx.

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  2. Dame Eleanor Hull 173104 SatEurope/London2021-08-21T16:34:35+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSat, 21 Aug 2021 16:34:35 +0100 2017 / 4:34 pm

    That’s a lovely rose to remember your granny by.

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 SatEurope/London2021-08-21T19:17:27+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSat, 21 Aug 2021 19:17:27 +0100 2017 / 7:17 pm

      It’s gorgeous, isn’t it.


  3. tonytomeo 173106 SunEurope/London2021-08-22T06:57:34+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonSun, 22 Aug 2021 06:57:34 +0100 2017 / 6:57 am

    Sweet pea in August. It must be nice. I sort of wonder now if they do well on the coast here in Autumn. I am often surprised to seem the during summer because they bloom only in late winter and spring in the Santa Clara Valley. However, . . . they might bloom later on the coast. I seriously can not remember. Last year, the perennial pea got roasted while we were away for the CZU Fire evacuation. They are still blooming this year, even though the foliage is getting grungy.

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  4. Nate 173105 MonEurope/London2021-08-23T05:49:24+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonMon, 23 Aug 2021 05:49:24 +0100 2017 / 5:49 am

    You sound so much like me. Some days gardening is SO discouraging. My backyard is loaded with violets. I don’t understand how they spread themselves around and so fast!

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    • greengirlgardener 173107 MonEurope/London2021-08-23T07:58:39+01:00Europe/London08bEurope/LondonMon, 23 Aug 2021 07:58:39 +0100 2017 / 7:58 am

      They’re just so hard to get rid of! I don’t want to use weed killer for environmental reasons but pulling them out is defeating me 😫.


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