Six on Saturday – Hello Summer – June 22, 2019

We’ve been having intermitent rains so the lawn and gardens are lush. The weekend is predicted to be dry so we may get the grass mowed. Here are my six on the second day of summer.

  1. The monarda is in bloom. This one was called Raspberry Wine. It is prone to mildew but I love the color of the blooms.

2.  I experimented with agapantha last winter. Some were in the ground and some were in a pot outside. The potted plant froze to mush and went into the compost. The plants in the ground froze to the ground but came back and I have three stalks getting ready to bloom.

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3. My self-seeding cleomes are beginning to bloom in a garden in front of the house. Some are still growing in the gravel drive next to this bed and may get transplanted if I find the time. The volunteers required thinning and moving some to bare areas. I love that these come back every year.

4.  Some vegetables in large pots are thriving. Several baby zuchinnis are visible as are Tiren paste tomatoes — a new variety I raised from seed. I have one whole bed at the local community garden devoted to tomatoes. Last year’s crop was a bust so I am hoping for a better yield this year. I always lose my zuchinni’s to borers so maybe the plant in a pot will fare better.

5. I have seven pots of red twig dogwoods growing roots for fall planting in my “wet” garden. They had been rooting in water since I cut the dogwoods back in March.

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6. A flowering stalk on a Bottlebrush Buckeye. This one is going to be planted in my friend and writing partner’s garden. It will colonize and I have no room for it.

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That’s my six on this first Saturday of the summer. #lovemygarden. The SoS meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.  I learn something every week from the gardeners who participate.

Six on Saturday – March 30, 2018

The garden is popping after two days in a row of temperatures that hit 70 degrees. Here are my Six on Saturday.

  1. My hyacinths are not large as they are older bulbs, but I have purple, white and cherry red.

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2. Despite the ground still being too soggy to do much, my garden knows spring has finally arrived. Peonies are poking up.

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3. The grape holly (Mahonia) is getting ready to bloom. The shades of purple against the creamy green are gorgeous.

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4. Bok Choy that wintered over in one of my raised beds is blooming. I’m going to pick some for a salad for dinner.

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5. I bought a tray of sedum varieties at Lowes which I’ll put in the three new hypertufa containers I made last fall.

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6. Rain is expected tonight, so I put on my boots and cut back the red twig dogwood this morning. The bed it is planted in is still very wet although the reblooming daylilies are coming up. Most of the cut twigs are in a bucket which I’ll fill with water (and some mosquito dunks so I won’t breed those pests) and set in a corner for several months. Dogwood roots easily.

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Finally, a shout out to Fred in France for giving me information about getting a macro lens for my iPhone. Now I know how those food bloggers get such great close-ups of  the brownies that force me to root in my cupboard for a cookie. I don’t bake much anymore. The husband is gluten intolerant and I have no will power. Working in the garden is better for my waistline.

And thanks to The Propogator for hosting this meme.