All the way from sweaty central London comes this week’s Six on Saturday: a weekly look around people’s gardens (themed or not, successes or failures – your choice)
The title refers to the colours of my garden rather than the shade as there is none at the moment – so much so that autocorrect/slip of the finger typed Hades instead as that is how hot it is at the moment.
I have a new camera so have been trialling it – I went to Hampton Court RHS flower show and also my back garden/allotment; one was definitely a longer trek than the other but still some nice photos from both. I came back with some good ideas for the garden and recently purchased some extra bedding to add colour – but that is for a separate post.
Yellows are abundant in the garden as I have an abundance of cucumber and squash flowers (and tomato but they are harder to see) the honey bees love the cucumber especially.
The cucumber fruit are ‘miniature white’ grown from seed purchased from Real Seeds. Had a bit of trouble with the bad weather and this is the third lot but now, they are very tall -up bamboo canes and putting out mini fruit left, right and centre.
Also, yellow are my physalis or ground cherry plant; I bought it because I like the fruit, kind of a sour tropical flavour. I thought I was taking my chances as it is a South American fruit related to tomatoes and chinese lanterns; the fruit grows inside the lantern; normally inside a greenhouse.
I have been quite pleased with the growth; they are around four foot now (one is much higher than the other) and now fruit is developing. The other thing that surprised me is the fact that the leaves are very soft and furry, but the stems are quite fragile consequently fall over and break easily. Now, we just have to see if the fruit ripens before the squirrels and the autumn gets them.
This is the first butterfly (and maybe a small moth) I have seen in the back garden; not counting cabbage butterfly, I have a tonne of those. I just saw another one of these orange type; does anyone know what they are and maybe some flowers they like?
From orange to red – another dahlia has opened on the first tree (or are they a bush?) and the camera can not cope with the intensity of the red displayed; it always ends up a shimmery purple.
Continuing with the Dahlias I have a second type opening at the moment, a purple and white one; all of my dahlias are not really named but just were purchased from Wilko as I was unsure if they would grow and Wilko offers them for a pound or so.
Lastly, in the colours of my garden we have purple beans, a bush type ‘purple teepee’ that grows to 40cm. I have had greater success with this in terms of actual beans growing compared with the ‘Lady Di’ beans (twice as high as this post). I have in full flower (orange) but only one bean so far; the teepee is growing four beans out of five flowers and the ‘Lady Di’ barely has one bean per stem sadly.
So that is it; my family is back next week for the birthdays so I might not get another SoS in for a while.
I will try to post my Hampton Court photos soon I have posted my Hampton Court photos before all the hype dies down about the flower show; get in while it’s still hot (so to speak).
How is your garden growing? Do you have a colour theme or just all the colour you can get?
For more Six on Saturday ventures in to others’ gardens head over to The propagator (the creator) the mastermind behind the Six on Saturday trend.