Six on Saturday: Shades of the garden

41 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Shades of the garden”

  1. Beautiful photos. I think you have just convinced me to grow ground cherries. I couldn’t think of why I should, until I saw your photo. Also, I’m watching your post to see if anyone recognizes the orange butterfly – or is it a moth? I’ve always heard that moths have furry bodies and butterflies smooth ones, but maybe that is a myth. It’s gorgeous, whatever it is.

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    1. Thanks! I planted the ground cherry in the ‘ornamental ‘ section of my garden as I ran out of room in the veggie patch. It needs space to spread as if you tie it up and try to control it like a tomato it will produce many less flower/fruit.
      Since this post I have seen three more of those butterflies so I guess it was just the first hopefully, of many.

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      1. I haven’t seen many butterflies in my garden this year so far. Some cabbage whites, one Red Admiral, but I usually see Commas and Painted Ladies, Peacocks too.

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      2. ooo peacocks sound nice – I am not sure I know that one – I will look it up.
        That is a fancy one – I have not seen that in my garden. The pictures I took of the resting one was a red Admiral as you just mentioned. Cabbage are pretty enough if they kept still for a second.

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  2. Super photos Fiona, you and the new camera are doing a great job. I’m afraid I don’t have colour schemes in my garden, I seem to have put everything in all over the place. I do have a leaning towards pinks and blues though, and perhaps it will all work out. We’ll see when Spring arrives.

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    1. I seem to put things all over the place too but I tend to buy reds and purples so I guess that is a theme. I need to be more structured with height though as I plant things and then realise the layout is wrong. I guess gardening is a never ending hobby.

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  3. I was looking forward to your photos and I‘m satisfied. Your pictures of butterflies are beautiful and I also like the featured picture: this dahlia is really nice. About the physalis I grew them a few years ago and I ate only 4-5 ripe (they were in pots, outside and I told myself that next time I would try inside the greenhouse like tomatoes: next year?)

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      1. I just found one of my very large green tomatoes on the ground this morning half chewed. Squirrel, I’m sure. I brought it in and washed it off and may try to make fried green tomato with the unchewed part. I think it is the dry conditions. This has happened before.

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      2. Yes, squirrels are very selective and skittish so will leave food half eaten if spooked. I get annoyed when the pick it off the plant and then throw three quarters on the ground – I prefer appreciative squirrels

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      3. That’s what I’ve always heard, is that squirrels eat unripe fruits and vegetables more for the water than anything else. In the past I’ve tried putting out trays of water for them, but I no longer do it as it didn’t seem to stop the marauding.

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      1. I thought you are supposed to harvest/eat when the husk has dried out and become brown but I have only seen them in shops – maybe that is why they are so expensive as it is labour intensive.

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      2. The ground cherry plants that were in that bed got really big and bushy. They had self seeded from the previous year when another gardener had that bed in our community garden. I just took it over mid season because it had been abandoned. The ground cherries were big enough with tiny husked fruit so I could tell what they were. I had never grown them before.

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  4. The butterfly is a Comma. Catterpillars feed on nettles. I get a lot of pictures like yours of the Dahlia and when I get it right I don’t know what I’ve done differently. If I find out I’ll let you know.

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    1. I love that these beautiful butterflies are called Commas. I am an editor in my work, so that really appeals to me, for grammatically correct additions to the garden! I will research how to attract them. I have many nettles in the spring! Beautiful creatures!

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      1. Nettles are nice if you have space where you will not come in contact with them. Not so nice in a small garden where they will sting you constantly. Apparently, they also eat birch and willow but grow the fastest if they are eating nettles.

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  5. You’re doing quite well w/the new camera – love all the close up shots (& am terribly envious, as I have only my phone camera at the moment). Have never heard of ground cherries, but they look really interesting, so may have to consider, if can find the space. Wonder why your Lady Di’s aren’t doing well – weather, strain of bean, something else? And lastly, yet another reason to leave nettles growing, that wonderful comma butterfly.

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    1. I read on Twitter that someone else was having problems with beans due to pollen beetles. I have them all over the courgette flowers so wouldn’t surprise me if they are in the beans as well. Courgettes don’t care but bean may have less pollen to go round

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