OK, I know am not alone, but I’ve got a courgette mountain. I put half the current pile outside the gate this morning, with a sign to let people know that they are free to good homes (or indeed any home). Happily, they are gone already! However, there are more coming in thick and fast from the garden, so any recipe ideas will be gratefully received. Roasted courgettes are my current (long term) favourite dish. Last week we tried fritters for the first time and they were good too. We’ve done ratatouille (good, but not liked by all), cake (uses too few) and soup (umm, mostly tasteless). ??????
Anyhow, courgettes seem as good as any way of starting a Six on Saturday post. ‘Six on Saturday’ is a weekly meme hosted by The Propagator to share all things ‘garden’.
2) Geranium ‘Rozanne’
I splurged out on three plants last year and was slightly disappointed in their show. They were young and just learning though, because this year I have good-sized hillocks of continuous purple flowers and they are always, even on dull days, cover in honey bees.
So I can now whole-heartedly recommend this cultivar for its colour, flowering duration and wildlife attraction.
3) A Wall of Sunflowers
We fenced around the vegetable patch last spring to keep the muntjac out. The fence was 4ft high and people suggested that it wasn’t tall enough, so I planted roses round the outside. Anyhow, it turns out that deer love roses! They were reduced to stumps several times. This year I’ve tried another tack: Tall plants, i.e. Sunflowers. Sunflowers, from a selection of saved seed. I was sure there were Vanilla Ice seeds in the mix, but so far there is no sign of them. Mostly they seems to be yellow, multi-headed ones with some Earthwalker.
Aren’t they beautifully cheerful?
4) Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’
Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’ is just such a bright red that you can almost feel your eyes vibrate with the intensity when you look at it. Its complementary dark maroon foliage and clumping, perennial nature make it a great border plant. I bought a plant last year, split it into three to be thrifty and then managed to let them languish in pots behind the greenhouse. This year they have homes and since they can take boggy soils and part shade, I’ve put them in the newly exposed, clayey, north-facing bed behind the neighbour’s house. We shall see how they do.
It’s not every day you get to watch a sparrowhawk take a wash in your plant pot saucer!
6) Lavatera ‘ Pink Blush’
This is an annual I grew for work, but in Lockdown, as with many bedding plants, there was never a chance to use them. They’ve been pot-bound and starving, so I’ve been poking them in gaps all over our garden and the effect, now that they are coming into flower, is very luxurious, romantic and kind of tropical. Next year I will grow them for real!
So there are my six. It’s raining now and I can’t be sorry for that, even if it is during the daytime, at the weekend. We need it desperately … Only thing is that I can hear the courgettes swelling from here!!!!
Meanwhile, don’t forget to check the other ‘Sixer’ posts.
And Keep Safe!