Six on Saturday 20.03.21

You can really feel we are entering autumn. The mornings are darker and cooler and there is a small, but noticeable change in colour on trees in the Botanic Gardens. We are still having lots of sunny days though, and to us born and bred in Northern Europe, it isn’t at all cold. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in. So…let’s look at this week’s six.

First up, we are still enjoying the dahlias. I’m definitely going for more next year. I even have this book on order, which I will review in due course.

So to the herbs…well, I have copious amounts or parsley and thyme, a reasonable amount of sage, and I am enjoying as ever the pineapple sage and rosemary, the latter of which is much happier in its new pot and new place. The cinnamon basil is also looking good, as are the supermarket chives I planted out.

I know I featured these last week, but I can’t get enough of these little beauties. They are sitting just outside the front door, so we see them every time we leave or come home. I love them.

At number four, something exciting – the first signs of the saffron crocus I planted. I can see three peeping up at the moment – think I planted 5 bulbs from memory. This is really exciting to see as I am sure you can appreciate!

To be quite frank I think our garden is looking a little sad. Lots of things need some attention, and with being back at work, this hasn’t happened. We haven’t had a lot of rain either, so the plan for today is to add a little liquid fertiliser to the watering can and tend to the plants, and have a look around to see what exactly needs done to prepare for winter.

So to number six, another repeat, but a beautiful repeat, the Japanese anemones, which are looking magnificant in my opinion.

A bit brief this week, but as usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. Hope you are all well and enjoying your gardens in whatever the season is with you. 

We are going away next weekend, so I am not sure if I will be here or not next Saturday. Even if I am not, I can still enjoy everyone else’s posts!

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  1. All the flowers are looking very pretty especially the Dahlia! I like your herbs, we have pineapple sage, and it brings in the little birds, especially the honey eaters. I’d love to get some Cinnamon basil, it sounds lovely. Have a good time next weekend.

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  2. I LOVE those Japanese anemones. I will have to check out the conditions in which they grow to see if them might grow in my dry, shady yard. As for the violas…who could ever grow tired of them? Here, another name for them is Johnny-jump-up.

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  3. I love that watering can! I noticed yesterday mine has a slow leak, so I get to find a new one! I love the Japanese anemone.

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  4. I am generally averse to annuals, but will have to invest in pineapple sage this year. Such a beautiful plant. Very exciting about your saffron crocus. Are you planning to attempt a harvest?

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    1. The pineapple sage has a really lovely smell – if you like pineapples that is! I am hoping to harvest from the saffron crocus but we will see. Probably such a small amount in any case!


  5. Such a lovely dahlia you shared and it’s always moving to see your autumn plants as we slip into spring here in the UK. Your rosemary is looking great. It looks like I’ve lost a few this winter which is strange as they usually pretty robust.

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    1. I wonder if it is the type of rosemary because one of mine is really healthy and the other isn’t. Or it could just be the pot, the place or any number of things. I lost a rosemary plant last winter too.


  6. Your Japanese anemones look so fresh, as do the perky little violas. It will be very exciting if you do get a saffron harvest – even a small one, as a little does a long way. How do you use saffron in cooking? I love adding it to basmati rice, the flavour is divine.

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