Well, bulbs have been ordered, bags of pungent manure have been collected and stored down the side of the blue shed ready for mulching, and the new sonic cat scaring device has been tested. A few days ago I spotted a bold ginger cat in the back garden, sitting on the fence near the bird feeder. After it blatantly ignored my half-hearted shooings and pishhings I nipped to the front garden to retrieve the new gadget. I squared up to the moggy menace, pointed the device in its direction and casually passed my hand in front of the motion sensor to activate it. I expected great things but, much to my dismay, the cat simply sat there giving me a bored ‘yeah, so what?’ kind of look. I tried again, slightly less casually this time. Same result. The motion sensor activation hand waving became increasingly frantic, fascinating the fearless feline who appeared to make itself even more comfortable. Then, just as I was about to admit defeat, I remembered there was a setting to up the sonic frequency. I turned the dial, paused for dramatic effect… and tried again. The scaredy cat scarpered. Result!
Most of the photos for today’s Six on Saturday were taken earlier in the week in anticipation of Storm Alex. The majority of plants were still standing at the end of Friday but alas, there was a Cosmos casualty. It’s even wetter and just as windy out there today and things are looking decidedly bedraggled.
1. Although not this Calendula. An orange one. Possibly the best sort, especially when bejewelled with rain drops.
2. I sowed several varieties of Scabiosa/scabiouses this year. The bees love them and they flower throughout the summer and well into autumn. This might be Scabiosa ‘Tall Double Red’… or it could be a red variety from ‘St George Mixed.’ As usual I lost track of what was what when I planted the seedlings out.
3. A clump of Garlic Chives has been growing in the garden for several years now but this is the first time they’ve flowered. I must divide them next spring as I wouldn’t mind a few more late flowering alliums.
4. Next up, Dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ that were sown from seed in the spring. Alas, I highly doubt they’ll flower before the frosts strike. Hopefully, they will do better in the ground next summer. They’ve taken forever to get going, as have most of the plants grown in pots this year.
5. It’s been a similar tale with the tomatoes. However, a handful of tomatoes have finally been picked from this cherry variety ‘Apero.’ It’s the first year I’ve gone totally peat free and I’m wondering whether I picked the wrong brand; or is it only a bad gardener that blames their peat free New Horizon compost? I’m going to try another sort next year, perhaps Dalefoot. Germination has been fine, the issue seems to have been post pricking out and potting on. Chicken manure pellets and a regular seaweed feed have got most of the pot planted things going eventually.
6. And finally… Calendula ‘Snow Princess’ featured a few months ago, but when a plant is still blooming away and is this lovely it seems wrong not to include it again.
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. Stay safe.