I am writing this on the bus; I love technology, when I was living in Tampa I once paid my credit card while I was sitting at the beach on a very warm December day (this will not seem beguiling to people in the Southern Hemisphere, I know)
Today, with the use of technology, I am happy to share with you a ‘sixy’ glimpse of my garden even if you are on the other side of the world.
A couple of times a week I cut back my Swiss Chard, kale and spinach. I have always disliked kale up until this year. I did not realise the reason I hated it was that when you buy it from the shops it is really old, hard and bitter. If you grow your own and cut young leaves it tastes really good, who knew? Yet another reason to grow your own whenever you can.
Today I laid the last pavers and ground cover, technically not fruit nor flower but the ground cover is in bloom so I think it counts.
Those are the flowers of the heath pearlwort – named such that the flower look like pearls on the ‘grass’. They are really tiny but will look pretty once the cover has grown in and en masse.
I have all round pollination problems; my courgette are only making female flowers – does anyone know how to get some male flowers to even out the mix and get some actually pollination up in this yard?
Corn is coming along nicely but I don’t know if it will become corn on the cob as the male flowers above came out at a different time and I don’t know how long the pollen lasts.
More tiny fat babies but I don’t know what the male flowers look like or indeed how to pollinate with them. I am hoping nature will sort it out for me – there are ants in the flowers so maybe it will be ok soon.
During Garden Update I asked readers to suggest what to do with a section of my garden that is quite empty and undecided at the moment and someone suggested hydrangeas for the shaded area. I am not really a fan of the pale pink or blue choices but when I went to the nursery they had these advertised as ‘red’ in colour. Red is my favourite colour and although it is not actually red but more of a hot pink they are quite nice and will grow up along the fence. (I bought three small plants for the same price as two big ones). The nurseryman could not tell me if they were bred to stay this colour or it was really just the very basic soil they had grown up in (acidic soil if you want blue ones).
Also as part of the same purchase because I can’t help myself I bought a dahlia that caught my eye. A very simple flower but the yellow petals against the chocolate foliage appealed to me at the time. Although, the rules were no buying any more plants unless they go straight in the ground; this one is still in the pot pretending to be in the ground until I decide that is definitely where I want to plant it.
Lastly, the final stage of the peony which I guess is no longer a flower but a ‘fruit’ (really just a seed pod). I don’t know the name of this variety so I need to germinate these seeds if I want more plants I will leave these on the plant until they look ready to sow. If anyone has suggestions on how to successfully do this I would appreciate tips.
That’s my lot – head over to The Propagator for more Six on Saturday goodness. I hope you have a lovely weekend (with or without Monday off)