Hi and I am back again for Six on Saturday after a lovely weekend away in Queenstown and a few days just at home, relaxing. Autumn is really here – the clocks go back this weekend heralding the move to the cooler months of the year. My plans to tidy up the garden were put on hold yesterday afternoon as it poured with rain. Today it is lovely and sunny but I am indoors baking a cake and boiling eggs in anticipation of our Easter Sunday celebrations. Ah well….. Anyway, 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 were greeted by the Japanese anemones when we came up the stairs home after our trip. The display is heading into its last days, so we might as well make the most of these beauties while we can.
The other thing we were welcomed by were these black dahlia buds, thanks to those sap sucking vine hoppers. A quick trip to the garden centre yesterday to find a suitable (organic) pesticide to squirt on seems to have done the job. When I cut off the blackened buds, you could see where all the damage had been done. Be gone evil bugs!
Yeah! Nasturtiums! Two rather pretty ones this week, plus a taste test. A few weeks ago, I pickled two lots of nasturtium seeds, one batch using a recipe found on the internet, and one using Fred’s method. While the ‘found’recipe tasted almost the same as capers, Fred’s method, adding in some oregano flowers from the garden, produced a really amazing tasting product. Fred’s recipe need to sit a little longer (he did say 3 months) but regardless, I am very pleased with the result.
At number four, some randoms in the garden. The violas featured two weeks ago are still looking good. The saffron crocuses have made great progress as you can see, and I found another wild strawberry before a bird too.
At number five, a few herbs…the tarragon is looking very sad, but I still have loads of parsley, chocolate mint, a healthy rosemary and lemon verbena.
And finally…my bulb order arrived. Where I am going to plant them all is a question I have not fully answered. We don’t need patio seating do we? The box they arrived in had this happy message on the side – happy gardening to all of you this week too!
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.
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