It's #SixOnSaturday time! That day when gardeners all over the world share six things from their garden.
If you'd like to take on this affliction, drop over to our host Mr P's blog. His theme this week is Profusion, which he's got in . . . papavers. Be sure to check his comments for links to other SoSers.
For myself, it's been a busy gardening week. All those plants that were promised in mid-May have suddenly arrived at once. 'It was the late growing season,' one nursery said, while another blamed some type of show down with Gardener's World.
I don't care why they were late - they're here now! I might show you a couple of them, but let's start with some things seen when out & about.
1. Community planting.
An offering to all the SoSers who've gotten the succulent bug - on his walk, Mr BigNose's nose sometimes takes us past this L-shaped council garden planted with a variety of succulents.
As I took this photo, another dog walker told me she'd added the stuff next to the wall that looks like it's dead. They're irises that someone gave her but didn't fit into her own garden, plus a couple of roses (not in the photo).
|One of the living.|
2. Voodoo lily.
When I saw these in my neighbour Andy's front garden, I had to stop & ask about them. Apparently they'd appeared in his compost pile, something which he'd seen on a gardening show had happened to other folk. They grew so big last year that this year he moved them to the front where I came along with my questions.
The flower is a stunning 18", so when Andy said I could have it, I thought he must be nuts. Then he suggested I smell it. If you've never smelled a voodoo lily, let me say that while Andy & I were talking, I was thinking there must be a dead mouse somewhere in his flowerbed.
Nope, it was the voodoo lily. I went home without it.
3. Peas, peas, peas.
While I love a beautiful 18" flower, there's a special joy in growing things to eat. The peas've begun to produce.
|Masses of peas.|
I bought a bag of mixed seeds, allegedly early, middling & late bloomers. They're all coming ripe at the same time.
|Mange tout mix.|
They're also very tasty, so not many of them make it to the house.
4. And berries, berries berries.
This enthusiastic ground creeper has foliage quite like a strawberry plant, & even produces little red berries.
If it is a snake berry, the internet says it's edible but not tasty. Since nothing else in my garden nibbles at it, neither shall I.
5. Phyllis Bide
Our first year together, I love her colour, her soft smell, her prolific flowering, her patient scaling of the garden wall.
|David Austin's Phyllis Bide.|
Mostly, though, I love her name. It cracks me up & I've no idea why. Perhaps because when I say it in my head, it's punctuated, Phyllis, bide! Obviously she's not compliant.
6. Acanthus Mollis Whitewater.
I adore bear's breeches (or britches, said in my accent) & decided this year to get a white one. This is how it arrived, slug included.
|Too big for her britches!|
I cut the poor wretch outa her pot, put her in a larger one where she looks so much better, even w/those brown spots on her leaves. She's quite the beauty, so I do hope she recovers.
That's my Six for this week. Tune in next time to see if there really is a bud on my water lily.
Thanks for stopping by!