Saturday, 29 September 2018

Wicked Unrest


It's #SixOnSaturday time again.  I, for one, wasn't ready.

The endless harvest, pets needing their jabs, political melodrama back home, CFS giving me stick - no way I'd post this week.

Then El Punko asks if he can take my SoS photos in order to get some practice with his new camera.

No rest for the wicked, it does seem.

1.  Harvest continues.

Last week, you saw all the peppers lined up in the shed after being picked early to protect them from the wind.  I've been bringing them inside as they develop colour.  Between them & the daily gathering of maters, the windowsill is always full.

The red CA sweet pepper has a symbiotic twin.

2.  Cucumelons.

I learned on Twitter from Rob Smith (@RobsAllotment) that cucumelon form tubers that can be lifted & stored over winter.  Mine are still producing at a great rate, although a few leaves have turned colour.  I suspect it'll be next month before I think about digging them up.

Cucumelon on the bed spring trellis.

Continuing the standard set by the California sweet pepper . . .


3.  Autumn berries.

They say lots of holly berries means a heavy winter & our trees have lots of berries, but they're going a little bit funny on us.  Hopefully none of them will make it into tiny, spiky holly saplings.

What's happening, Mizzy HollyTree?

There's also a volunteer snowberry in the garden.  Like the holly, I love their berries, hate their propensity to spread.  There's just the one this year, but give it time.

Snowberry caught in a web.

4.  Changing foliage.

In the field where we walk the dogs, the chestnut trees (buckeyes, to me) have started to change colour.  Along our street, however, the trees are holding their own.  Not so, for the flowers . . .

Columbine on the cat grave starting to fade.

. . . or the shrubs.

Gillenia getting a bit orange around the edges.

5.  Sedum, at long last.

My sedum with the purple stems & leaves (name buried somewhere out of reach at the moment) bloomed in July.  This great precursor of summer's end - Autumn Joy perhaps? - has finally got some colour.

Sedum & the oft-spoken of, crooked cherry tree.

6.  Last Rose.

The only roses in my current garden were grown from seeds I scavenged during a birthday trip to Paris a few years ago.  They've all bloomed, but not vigorously, so this last blossom really pleased me.

Last of the year's blossoms.

To me, winter, spring & summer are all single purpose.  Autumn, on the other hand, is complex, incorporates birth & death.  It's got my vote for best out of the 4.

Now for a snooze.

And that's my Six for the week.

I'm so glad El Punko wanted some photography practice.  Equally glad you stopped by for a gander.

Make sure to run over to Mr P's for links to other blogs.  And if you've got a garden to share, he's got guidelines.

See you again, soon!


  1. I love your Parisian rose. Sometimes I get roses right through to November. You never know this might not be "la derniere" if this lively weather continues...

    1. I lost 2 of them during the Beast, & the survivors have only given a coupla flowers each. However, they are very young, so there is hope. I'd love to see this one bloom again, but will be happy enough to wait until next year for it.

  2. Ok, ok, I admit it, you win the Cucamelon competition. Yours are bigger, taller, healthier and all round better than mine in every way.I think my mistake was thinking I could put them on a bit of rough ground on my allotment and forget about them during one of the worst droughts we have had in decades. Well done you!

    1. I did water them periodically, but also, they're in a sun trap. Other SoSers've said that if there's not a lot of sun, they don't produce well. My first year was lucky, I guess!

  3. The Parisian rose is a glorious colour and it is easy to understand why it pleases you. Sorry to hear about the CFS.

    1. The rose is, isn't it? We hadn't a clue what colour the roses would be, as we visited in early spring, so it's like a wonderful birthday gift unwrapped now.

  4. I haven't tasted cucamelon. Are they sweet or savoury? I assume they do best in the greenhouse. Interesting Six,again.

    1. This was my first year & I had to learn when the optimum time was to pick them. I eventually did it by size to get a nice citrusy cucumber taste, if you can imagine that. Every once in a while, one of them tasted sweet, but mostly it was that nice zing that would go well in salads or w/Pims or a G&T, etc. I grew mine outside where it got lots of sun.

  5. Maybe the last rose but a very beautiful one ! About the cucamelons, I will look in the bottom of my compost pile if I can see a tuber ... you never know ...

    1. If you didn't hack at them, you may find some. Don't know if they produce tubers the first year, but I'll find out soon enough.

  6. Just catching up with last week's now! Love the colour on that rose.

  7. Did you get lucky with the tubers from the cucamelon in the end? I dug up my one from the allotment last week and there was no sign of a tuber there. I might just leave the other one in the pot in the garden and see if it regrows in the spring.... maybe.

    1. I had huge tubers on mine, but I will say that there was fibrous roots above them, so it's possible that the tuber broke off on yours. I've also read that the formation of cucumelon tubers is dependent on your climate, but I don't remember what about the climate it's dependent on!