Six on Saturday: beware the clumsy gardener (15 June 2019)

The wind and rain has battered the garden all week. However, last weekend the plants had more to fear from a size 12 footed gardener than from the weather. Making the most of a brief respite from the rain, I pulled up the remaining forget-me-nots in an attempt to make room for some of the plants currently occupying the swing seat and patio. In went the cosmos, all of the morning glories, moon flowers, pink dandelions and the Wilko dahlias that I bought as tubers earlier in the year, foolishly thinking they looked big and strong enough to withstand the munchings of slimy molluscs (shows what I know).

Yet all this tidying and planting resulted in casualties aplenty. I managed to stand on a Crepis Rubra minutes after planting it which was totally crapis major. An attempt to tie in a pink climbing rose on the trellis fence ended with me holding a detached four foot long branch covered with buds and muttering to myself. Crouching down to plant a cosmos I lost my balance and broke a Penstemon that was just coming into flower. And squeezing past the bird feeder to plant two Linaria seedlings I snapped the ends off a few Viburnum branches… and trampled on a Verbena. As the week went on the weather continued my good work, flattening one of the cornflowers and breaking several branches off the big buddleia. Ah well, time for another Six on Saturday.

1. I didn’t get around to planting the new snapdragons last weekend but at the moment it doesn’t matter. Quite a few of last year’s batch have survived the winter and are flowering away. I grow the same variety each year, Wilko’s Circus Clowns.

Snapdragons are great in a small garden as they’ll go on flowering well into the Autumn with regular dead-heading. I think a lot of these may have seeded themselves. Some bees have sussed how to get inside the flowers to the nectar. Others aren’t so savvy.

2. Self sown poppies next. They’ve gone mad this year, some plants becoming whoppers and overshadowing their neighbours. I’ve had to pull up a few but I’m trying to resist pulling up too many as the bees love them. The fleeting beauty of the flowers add nice splashes of vivid red here and there.

3. I think this patio rose is the healthiest looking rose in the garden. It’s been flowering for weeks and has a lovely scent too.

4. Talking of scent, the ‘Eternal Fragrance’ Daphne is in full bloom now. It flowers off and on throughout the year. It’s got much larger than I was expecting (we’ve had it 6 years now) and requires a trim every so often.

I describe the scent of the flowers as ‘fluty’ (I have no idea why, but it make sense to me) and the garden is full of their wafty fragrance.

5. This bargain Campanula was a new purchase a couple of weeks ago. I have a feeling I bought one last year, though if I did it didn’t survive the drought. So far this one has withstood the wind and rain and luckily it’s tucked away in a corner where I can’t do it any harm.6. And finally… Last year, for the first time ever, I used my late father-in-law’s power drill. In the past I’d always made do with one of those hand-powered turny-handle drills, but that wasn’t an option when I wanted to put up a solar powered security light (although I did give it a go). So I braved it, managed to put the light up and didn’t end up in A&E. Last weekend I used it again to put up these new shelves (and to reposition the security light).The shelves are meant for indoors but I fancied some on this wall to put a few plants on. Hanging baskets were ruled out as it’s already something of an obstacle course for my wife to get past the shed and the water butts with her bike. The jar contains some of the victims of last weekend’s gardening. I’ve put some spare Alyssum plants in pots in the hope that they might greet us with scent when we come through the gate, but I wonder whether a more fragrant plant might be required; at the moment we’re greeted with the scent of the Danish Oil that I used to treat the shelves.And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.

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35 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: beware the clumsy gardener (15 June 2019)

  1. I thought I had done “well” trampling on the penstemon I had just staked to avoid it being trampled on, but you have certainly trumped that! I tend to use my late father’s proper, plugin drill for putting up shelves or anything important, like you. Your campanula and Daphne are both now on my wish list!

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    1. You may be able to get that campanula free from your son-in-law! Highly recommend the daphne. It was a bad day for clumsiness – a bit like those days when you can’t walk through a doorway or pass something without bashing yourself somewhere.

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  2. Isn’t it so easy to do, stand on something you’re trying to grow. Did the same myself with little iris shoots today. Good idea with the shelves and that’s a lovely view into your garden.

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  3. You certainly were on a roll. So many casualties in such a short time. You deserve ice cream as recompense. That has to be the most handsome daphne I’ve ever seen. Just a wowser. Everything that survived you is blooming away, totally insensitive to their neighbour’s demise. The wider shots of the garden show a place to be comfortable in.

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    1. I’m hoping my clumsiness will have diminished a little by the time I attempt to plant out everything else. Lately it’s been a case of enjoying the garden from indoors where it’s warm and dry!

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    1. I think the lack of planting space is the main problem here too. It’s not easy to stand on tip toes in a flower bed.

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  4. Your post this week made me smile. I also have size 12 feet and one job seems to create another. I like the shelves and the creative use of space. My husband won’t let me near his power drill or his saw after he saw me trying to use his Stanley knife to cut some bamboo canes.

    Taking a peek at your garden from the gate, it looks really pretty. Any chance of a birdseye view from upstairs next week?

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    1. The roof of the conservatory tends to prevent a decent birdseye view but I’ll give it a go. I don’t own a power saw. Do I need a licence to use one?!

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  5. I was called ‘Soph the oph’ as a child as I was so clumsy. The ‘oph’ gene has well and truly been passed on to my 6 foot 5, size 13 foot 17 year old who regularly tramps on plants, kicks rugby balls into greenhouses or crushes a whole bed of newly planted cosmos. 🤪You’d be very at home in my garden! Did make me chuckle though!
    Lovely six; especially the new shelf. It looks great as you come in.

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    1. Thank you. I think plants are far less robust these days… that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

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  6. Sorry, but I had to laugh about your clumsiness. It’s the kind of thing I do but not on such a grand scale. Lovely snapdragon. Campanula persicifolia seeds around everywhere so you should have it popping up all over next year.

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    1. That’s good to know about the companula. I’m not usually quite so clumsy! Not sure what went wrong that day.

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  7. Great idea to place an indoor shelf here! Using a Danish oil or the like is what I do for a wooden bench. Lovely daphne flowers. Because ‘fluty’ is unknown to me, I guess it’s a nice scent!

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  8. Oh, dear. Puts my over balancing and putting my hand down on my white Salvias seem quite tame, but these things do happen. I love the Daphne and I also love the tantalising view of your garden in the last photo – it looks very welcoming.

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    1. It was a bad day. Thankfully when I dug up what was left of the Linaria by the bird feeder (the wood pigeons had flattened them) and what was left of the big dahlias (eaten by slugs and snails) at the weekend I didn’t break a thing!

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      1. The S&S have been feasting here too – had to resort to the blue pellets, but I am using the organic ones which leave no nasty trace. Snails I throw over the fence into the field.

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  9. Destroyer! Biblical quantities of death and destruction there. Stepping daintily into the border to deadhead a rose the other day I misjudged my exit and wiped out a poppy that was about to flower. So very easily done.

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  10. I think it is the time of year for standing on things! Always reassuring to know others are suffering the same mishaps. I have the same daphne in it’s first year. It’s lovely to see what it might become.

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    1. Your daphne will get to the same size before you know it. It has been reassuring to hear about other people’s garden mishaps!

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