Six on Saturday 17.04.21

I’m writing this on a sunny Saturday autumn afternoon. It looked like it would rain today, and it certainly poured down last night, but so far it has been quite a bright day. I should be out there, doing things, but instead am inside baking a cake, drinking tea and of course writing and planning blog posts. Ah well…there is always tomorrow…I really must finish tidying up for autumn and winter. Just a brief post from me today. 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.

I know I said there would be no more Japanese anemones until next year, but who can resist the gorgeous bright green seed heads? They are almost as beautiful as the flowers.

And so to my recovering dahlia, which produced these blooms this week and more (healthy) buds too. I really will have to get a couple more for next year. I love dahlias as I am sure many of you do too, and am already trying to think how I can incorporate more in our little patch.

I thought I would note the progress being made on the tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings vine, with a first flower about to bloom. I can see some more buds, so hopefully we should get a decent display again this year.

Over to the herb corner, and the pineapple sage is looking really good as are the flowers on the cinnamon basil. As for the chives…well, this cheery looking clump started out as a little pot from the supermarket that I stuck in a pot. It took some time, but now I have loads to use every day which is wonderful.

There are two bushes beside the house and the steps leading up that are now covered with these gorgeous red berries. I’m not sure what they are, not planted by us as well established when we moved in. They are lovely to see when you arrive home after a day at work.

Finally, there are a few magnolia seed pods still around. I did try planting a couple last year, but had no luck. They are still amazing to look at.

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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  1. You’re smitten by the dahlia bug, Barbara. The large ones do take up lots of spa e, but you could frow smaller ones from seed…. Plenty options… Enjoy your afternoon/evening.

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  2. What wonderful garden – as always. Chives, yes I had a pot from many years a go that ended up in the garden and now growing between paving cracks! They have this year to put on the best they can do and then will try to get rid of them as they are in the wrong place. I still have the pot of chives doing well too. Cheers from the UK.

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