Today has been a clearing up day after those gusty winds we’ve been having over the last 48hrs managed to wreck a fair few things in the garden. And now it is raining, so I’ve retreated to the house to admire my haul and thought that I would play Six on Saturday which is a popular meme hosted by The Propagator (click through to find an ideas and rules guide).
1) So here is my haul:
It includes my one and only aubergine (grown outside – but still pathetic I agree), a number of apples, tomatillos, achochas (sadly completely felled by the winds), courgettes and lots of tomatoes (because the branches have all snapped). The tomatoes have all done really well this year and the surprise seeds my son gave me for my birthday last year have done him proud (Gigantimo and Jersey Devil). Obviously Gigantimo is massive, but it has lovely flesh (not at all mealy). I’ve been eating thin slices of them on marmite toast for breakfast. Don’t judge, just try it!
2) The sunflowers are down (broken) too. This year’s winner in the height competition was ‘Kong’. His heads were splendid, but quite vulnerable to wind damage. I’ve cut them down, taken a few seeds for next year and laid them out for the finches to ransack.
I find looking at their faces absolutely mesmerising. The geometry is perfect. You are (luckily) missing lots of close-up photos of them …
3) We’ve been slowly working to finish off our new pond this summer and we went as far as commissioning some hazel hurdles to hide the pump. They were ordered ages ago and in fact we thought that they had been forgotten, but this morning we got an email telling us they were ready for collection. So here they are:
They will go long side down on the ground and we need to bracket them together into a square to complete the task, but I think that they look mighty fine.
4) Grown from seed and tremendously slow to flower, this is Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’.I only hope I can over-winter them successfully, because I don’t want to be waiting that long again.
5) I love it when my white Japanese anemones (Honorine Jobert) start to flower at the back of the patio pond. They light a dark corner up and take over from the variegated dogwood in this task.
6) Daydreaming … I grew cosmos ‘Daydream’ from seed this year and although it has been slow to flower, they are putting on a wonderful display now. I am not showing them specifically in this post however, but rather their refracted images in some raindrops.
I’ve been wanting to use raindrops to image some pretty flowers for ages and this looks pretty cool I think!
Hope that this ticks the boxes for participation. Have a good weekend.