|Catch me if you can.|
Many thanks to everyone for your well wishes regarding the BigNoseDog who suffered a vestibular episode a fortnight ago.
It's been a battle of wills between him & myself this week. He's a bit wobbly, yet madder'n a wet hen at having his walkabouts truncated. When it's time to come home from his walk, he braces his terrier tank self in the middle of the path & refuses to budge.
But who can blame him?
While he's napping, it's on to #SixonSaturday - six things in the garden, on a Saturday, to quote our host, The Propagator. In addition to Mr P's own Six at his link, you'll find SoS guidelines, should you wish to give us a peek into your garden. There's also links in his comment section to other SoS-ers from across the globe.
This week in my garden, the rain has done away with the need to water plants. That leaves me free to pick corn, eat all the cherry tomatoes on my way to the house, & wait for the lawn to need mowed.
Until then, a counting song. One terrier terror . . .
1. Two pretty pumpkins
There are actually 3 pumpkins in the garden, but only 2 in this shot.
|First & last to grow.|
I've not done much about mildew this year, other than cut off the leaves. Someone's sure to report me to the Pumpkin Protection League.
2. First Question of Three - Tomatoes.
I grew my rosella cherries from seed, transferred them to vigoroot bags filled with new compost, & in time, supported them with cane cages (as seen in the background). The tomatoes were supposed to have a smoky flavour but are super sweet & about the size of grapes.
Two self seeders of unknown origin appeared in the pot containing the late, great Asian pear. No new compost was added, but they're supported in cages.
The self seeders are a little behind the rosella, but their fruit is markedly larger. Both types were regularly watered & fed. What you think => vigoroot bags or tomato type account for the difference in size? Another thought is that, because the self seeders started later, they were at a different stage in reproduction during the drought.
Maybe all/none of the above?
3. Second Question - Who am I?
Last year, I gave a neighbour some plant food for her cosmos, so she gave me cuttings of an aromatic shrub that I admired. The cuttings rooted & grew like Topsy.
While my neighbour's specimen was a narrow, willowy 6' beauty, mine grew horizontally. In fact, mine've been so insistent about not growing upwards that they've taken their support stakes down with them. I pound the stakes back in, but of course, the bigger the plants get, the less effective the stakes are in keeping them upright.
|Laying down on the job.|
They haven't produced flowers, but have a wonderful herby-citrusy scent. Here's a close-up of the foliage.
|The tips turn up.|
They're in a sun trap, but are planted near the house, which might be why they lay down. On the other hand, they're in full sun by 11:00 a.m. until sunset.
If I (or my neighbour) knew what they were, I might be able to figure out how to get them to straighten up & fly right.
Any ideas about the seed & breed of them?
4. Third & Last Question - Empress Tree Seedlings.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my kazillion seedlings coming up in a pot where I'd planted some empress tree seeds. I was a bit of a Doubting Thomas that they were really empress trees. Here's what they look like now.
Now that they're bigger, they do indeed look like those in my image search of empress seedlings. And I have scads of them. Scads. Can anyone confirm or refute my identification?
5. Four glads.
Some nursery sent me a sack of free glad corms with an order, which I stuffed into my large planters. There've been much more than 4 really gorgeous blooms, but I have 4 photos, so enjoy these beauts.
|Some w/the hollyhocks.|
|Some w/the sedum|
|Some are a bit frilly.|
|Some for the kitchen.|
6. Five (maybe six) pears.
These are my Louis Bonne pears. This tree bloomed its little pea heart out in the spring, but its pollination mate, the Asian pear, had no blooms, then subsequently died. Since I'd been told the Louis Bonne don't self pollinate, you can bet this crop had me dancing under the new moon. I might even've been a little bit nekked.
|How many pears do you see?|
The thick trunk in the front is actually my fig tree. The fig & the pear seem very fond of each other & tend to mingle limbs. All in all, I've counted a dozen pears on Louise. Pretty happy, since this is its first year fruiting. Here's hoping the critturs don't get there first.
|Seen in the graveyard on the BigNose walk - a gardener lies here.|
Once again, the tail end of my Six.
I do thank y'all for taking the time to visit. Hope to see you next week.
Have fun in your garden!