Six on Saturday 05.03.22

The sun is shining, the cicadas are singing and the garden is looking a little shaggy in that end of summer start of autumn way. I did a bit of tidying up last week, but there is a lot more to do before the cooler weather comes. Anyway, here are six things from the garden. A big thanks to The Propagator who encourages us to share what is going on in our gardens in all parts of the world. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in.

To start with this week, three different nasturtiums. I think the first one if my favourite with its pale yellow petals and contrasting dark red splashes. I am hoping for a few more over the next few weeks, and of course will start collecting the seeds for pickling.

This week’s herbs are rue, a bit of one of the curry plants and the tarragon (again). I’m using some of the tarragon tonight in a dressing for a green bean salad.

Now to surprises…I can see that the saffron crocuses are coming up again (will I get flowers this year?), but what are these? It is autumn. Then there are these marigolds. I found a packet of out of date seeds a while back and just emptied them out with no hope of much success but there are a few little flowers on plants that I should have thinned out, but the pot is in an out of the way place and had been ignored a bit.

For no particular reason, other than all the plants have had a big spurt of growth in the last few months, one of the mahonia. Love them or loathe them, they grow well here. I was also at a loss for a sixth item today!

So to this week’s pictures of the Japanese anemones. I think they are absolutely gorgeous, with their pink petals and soft shapes.

Finally, some insect visitors. What I have now correctly identified as a katydid on one of the sunflowers, a bee enjoying the lemon bergamot and a cabbage white butterfly on a sunflower.

That is my six this week, and 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. What a lovey yellow sunflower and I enjoyed seeing the insects too. The Japanese anemones are looking fine, I do like them, not a plant I have yet, but it is on my wish list.

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      1. I think it was one of the strewing herbs – will have to consult Mrs. Grigson! Just done so – yes, now I remember: ‘the herb of grace’, a first line medicinal herb in the middle ages (preservation of eyesight, many others, also associated with the Christian sacraments). Too much info to detail here! It’s a pretty herb – enjoy yours!

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  2. Your pale nasturtium is my favourite too. And seeing your sunflowers has nudged me into making a note to sow sunflowers again this year. Last year the spring was so cold that seeds struggle to germinate and grow well. This year I will keep any that do grow, in pots.

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  3. You know I’m swooning over your sunflowers (and katydid). I especially love your feature photo, of our friend from a very unusual and vivid angle. The texture of the yellow petals, in a color of green “petals,” all emerging from the leafy base. Wow! I’m going to have to keep this tab open and gaze at it every now and then, for pure joy.

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  4. I just love the sunflowers, and of course my favourite the Japanese anemones! They are both gorgeous flowers! Nasturtium are such versatile plants, and the seeds are great to pickle. Your herbs are looking healthy!

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  5. These are amazing! I like gardens but I don’t have a green thumb, not to I have the interest to go through all the work it take to grow a garden.

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