Six on Saturday:Views of the Garden

20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday:Views of the Garden”

  1. You have an amazing number of plants in your garden and very productive they seem too. Don’t turn your back on the courgette/zucchini or they’ll become rampant!

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    1. Thank you – I have cut the courgette back but it only has a little more of my patience before I remove it altogether as it is rampant but without fruit. The biggest waste of space- at least if it was giving us zucchini/courgette I could tolerate it.

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  2. Very nice overview of your garden. I liked seeing such diversity and a generally healthy appearance of all plants. About a few topics: you chose to grow Jerusalem artichokes in large box : good idea! My father-in-law grows them in the ground and harvests more and more each year: they spread…They are tasty but give a stomach/belly ache. You know what I mean.
    Finally, I could also see the palm of your neighbor (Phoenix canariensis I guess?) : lovely !

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    1. Thank you – I read about jeruselum artichokes before planting and everyone warned that the spread like wildfire and if you leave even one tiny root in the ground you will get them coming up next year. I bought a type that are supposed to be smoother skinned and less painful stomach wise – I will let you know I guess. The palm is a giant one – short but very wide but I don’t know the type

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      1. I had the same palm, a little smaller that died 5 winters ago … from a sowing of a seed brought back from Tenerife. Pride of having succeeded but disappointment next; I have to go back!

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  3. What a lovely tour of your garden! You have so much in there….am loving the raised vege beds. My cucumbers always go a bit rampant so I have a homemade trellis thingy allowing them to grow upwards and over the tomatoes which seems to work sort of!
    Happy gardening.

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    1. My partner says that it is over full and too much going on but he admits since he looks after none of it he really doesn’t have room to complain. I save space by having some things grow vertically like cucumber and pumpkin – this is my first year with the raised beds so I will be rearranging things next year so things are less shaded.

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      1. I grow dwarf ones so it is easy as the vines only get to about five foot. I just use a bamboo pole and wind the vine around – I tie it at the start before it makes tendrils and then when it has tendrils I just guide them to hold one. You can use the string method instead if you prefer. The large pumpkins need hammocks to support the fruit or they break off when too heavy. Same can be done with cucumber, melon and vining courgette but I find courgette and large pumpkin hard as they grow so fast/vigorously

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    1. Thank you, I was just reading cook little pot but I don’t have bushes growing too big just too much stuff in general. I just looked out the window and my corn has fallen over in the rain. Good news bad news I guess.

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    1. Thanks, I am really loving the hibiscus – it was here when we arrived and I just tied it up so it espaliered across the wall. I think it is called ‘Helena’. Sadly, the plum tarts are nearly finished now because of the rain – but can’t argue with rain at this point

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  4. A great use of space in that garden of yours. I like a garden like that, but have to wait until my Doodle gets to be an old lady. So many of your veg, I had to look up. Interesting reads, but wondered what they tasted like. Hope to see some cooked dishes in your harvest Sixes!

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    1. Thanks, luckily we have the laziest dog on earth so the only thing I have to worry about is the ground cover going yellow as that is his favourite toilet. I spent the weekend making cakes of various forms with all the courgette – mostly we are eating salad and cooked greens every night – can’t complain. Which ones did you have to look up? only achocha is weird to me I guess also artichokes?

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      1. I looked up bean ‘tree’ to see if it were a thing or humour & got, of course, catalpa, so went w/humour. I couldn’t find the pinkberries in the photo, so looked them up & still couldn’t find them. I’d heard of them before & suspect it was from when you first planted them! The totally unknowns were cape gooseberry (until I saw a photo & realised I’d had them in restaurants), & achocha, But then I went back to Google to see about making a cherry tree weep becuz I inherited a cherry w/my current garden, one that’s been stripped & I’d been thinking that, when I get my forever home, would keeping a cherry tree short do the trick, because then I could cover it. So yours sparked my interest. Last but not least, the Spanish Inquisition reference. I always have a search engine open when reading SoSers! I don’t usually use it so often in one post but then, your post was rather interesting.

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      2. haha – I am so sorry; I didn’t realise my posts were so cryptic. Bean ‘tree’ was a joke as it is so tall. The pink berry is a blue berry bush that grow pink berries instead. I googled blueberry pink berry pink lemonade and it came up. https://goo.gl/GFd1t4
        Cape gooseberry are quite uncommon and most people have never heard of them but they are quite often served as garnish with cake so I wanted to grow them. I grow the cherry in a pot so you don’t need a forever home.

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