SixOnSaturday September 26th Beginning Autumn.

Its time for another SixOnSaturday. From the garden, six things. In the comments section of the host http://www.thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com you will find other Sixes to make you smile. In the featured picture you will see my favourite sign of the changing season. The pre-migratory feeding frenzy begins.

 1. The garden is showing signs of the seasonal change. A couple of chilly nights is all it takes. The Magnolia Stellata (which may be on its final season if we have a tough winter) is turning to gold with bright red berries. Caryopteris Blue Knight, all a-buzz, lights up the understory.

2. The Blueberries are starting to show their colours.

3. Gleaming beads of Callicarpa or Beautyberry. Apparently you can make jelly from them. I never have.

4. The very last squash is hanging on to the Ilex Verticilata, whose red berries will have been eaten by blue jays long before the squash is ripe.

a nice trailing of Virginia creeper and a wild rose are also in residence.

5. Goldenrod is just amazing this year.

6. and it is time to start picking the winter vegetables. Here are some leeks, Bleu Solaise. There’ll be lots of soup on our winter menus.

The tomato plants have been pulled, the compost and ground cover crops have been planned and discussed. All that is needed now is to get on with it! I did break out the chipper today to make material for next year’s paths so that’s a start. These dog days are so beautiful, it is hard not to just stand and watch them go by.

Have a wonderful week in the garden!

SixOnSaturday May 16th. Space Invaders

The weather has finally turned and temperatures are close to normal. My tender plants have been able to transition to outside with a few exceptions.

The good news is that cooler temps are good for weeding and generally taking stock of what’s where and what needs to be gone.

So here we go, six weedy things on a Saturday.

1. Aguga reptans Bronze Beauty. The evil spawn of a cute little 6 pack purchased many years ago as a ‘manageable groundcover’. It now covers all available bare ground and has happily naturalised in my so-called lawn, creating purple polka dots 5 feet in diameter.20200507_104122~2

2. Ground ivy, its weedy cousin, has escaped its natural habitat in the lawn and now has a stranglehold on the harder to reach areas, popping up allover the borders especially behind thorny things.20200507_103018~2

3. Heartsease, which arrived one summer to my great delight. It is very pretty and a useful herb. (If one could ever take enough time off from weeding to study and make use of it).20200507_103234~2

4. Golden Spirea has joined its friend Ajuga in the escape from the border and plans on world domination.20200507_103128~2

5. Beautiful in early spring. Wild violets grow huge leaves by July. Their grip on the soil makes them almost impossible to remove.20200507_103027~2

6. And finally some sort of salvia. Given to me as a solution to a hot dry bank it prefers the greenest and most perfect part of the lawn, where it most resembles a pile of poop,until it throws up a flower stem or 2 in June.20200507_103004~2

They say the garden reflects the personality of the gardener. Tough as nails, hard to get rid of, obstinate, makes her own rules……they might be right! View more gardens and personalities in thw comments section of your host the Propagator himself.

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Garden on!

SixOnSaturday January 5th. Happy New Year

The first week of January has been wonderfully kind, with blue skies, mild temps, no precipitation or winds to speak of. I should probably get out and dig the last of the leeks.

The garden is still waiting for winter, which will come as we all know….but it was easy to find 6 pleasing things this week.

  1. Winter Savory. One of my favourite herbs. A blend of rosemary and thyme flavours, it seems to enhance all kinds of kitchen ‘doings’. I even put it in cranberry sauce! It is a tidy and beautiful little plant (unlike some herbs I could mention….) and can be picked through the winter as long as it is not under a blanket of snow.img_20190104_101919

 

2. Red Osier Dogwood “Arctic Fire” I think. I planted 2 as a windbreak on a bank of desperate soil facing due south. They have flourished, providing me with cutting materials though the winter and many plants to give away as they increase very easily by layering.img_20190104_101810img_20190104_101752.jpg

 

3. Gangs of sparrows. I finally got around to putting up the birdfeeders, at which point my birds arrived. The funniest is the gang of house sparrows, which lies in wait in a hazelnut tree before mobbing the feeders en masse. Lots of hazel catkins this year. Could be a bumper crop.img_20190104_101716img_20190104_101602

 

4. Passing lobster boat, nice to see they can still get out to tend the traps in this nice weather.img_20190104_101640.jpg

 

5. Hamamelis Virginiana, common native witch hazel, always the first to flower. Not a spectacular shrub but highly scented attracting whatever insects are out and about.img_20190104_101428

 

6. Heath “Vivelli”. Pretty dark purple foliage and magenta flowers just starting to open.img_20190104_101306.jpg

 

I’m taking advantage of this ‘January Thaw’ even though we haven’t had any snow yet. We all know winter is coming, but in the mean time I have a good dog that needs a walk!

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