This month seems to be flying by and I don’t feel like I’ve achieved much gardening-wise of late. Though the forget-me-nots have been pulled up, I’ve yet to plant out most of the annuals or the dahlias. I’m not entirely sure where everything is going to go, a ‘problem’ made ever trickier after additional plants were acquired from the free nursery up in Wales last weekend (you can have a nose around the grounds of ‘the old ancestral home’ here).
Before I risk planting any of the Zinnias or Dahlias I need to brew a garlic solution to spray on them in an attempt to make their leaves less irresistible to the gourmet gastropods. At least that’s the theory. I also need to sow a few more biennials and up the aphid patrols (the little divils have discovered the few remaining stems of the beleaguered Buddleia now). It seems to have been a bad year for aphids… well, for gardeners anyway, it’s obviously proving to be a great year for the aphids themselves. One task I am managing to keep on top of (just about) is deadheading, and that leads me to my first Six on Saturday…
1. Planted last year, this standard Rosa Flower Carpet Ruby ‘Noafeuer’ has begun to burst into flower. Demure it ain’t.
2. A few years ago I gave my mum an Ox Eye Daisy or two for her wildlife border. They have seeded themselves about here there and everywhere. In my small garden I have to keep a close eye on it, pulling up seedlings every so often to keep it in check. It is lovely, though it can be prone to toppling over without any support.
3. I’m hoping this Lily will still be standing come the evening. A new fence post might be going in at the back of the border later and getting there without causing any damage isn’t going to be easy (it’s one of the reasons why I’ve delayed planting any of the annuals).
4. I certainly don’t hold out much hope for this Antirrhinum growing nearby. A survivor from last year’s batch of ‘Circus Clowns,’ I think flattenage is inevitable.
5. Next up, a Rockrose. A yellow one, growing in the south facing front garden. It’s taken quite a few years to get going but it’s doing really well now.
6. And finally… This fragrant Chandos Beauty Rose was planted in the patio bed back in December. Fingers are crossed that it does okay here as the soil is a little gravelly and dry. Some more organic matter will be added in the autumn.
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.