Six on Saturday – In just one word: Courgettes!

25/07/2020

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’.

1) Courgettes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5) Sparrowhawk

It’s not every day you get to watch a sparrowhawk take a wash in your plant pot saucer!

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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!

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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!

 

About Frogend_dweller

Living in the damp middle of nowhere
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20 Responses to Six on Saturday – In just one word: Courgettes!

  1. shoreacres says:

    This is the cookbook that solved my squashes boredom. It’s amazing how many great things you can do with the fruits of that family! Love the sparrowhawk.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    One can never have too many sunflowers– they are always welcome in my garden, even when they self-sow in not always the best places. Love the Lavatera – such a lovely, soft colour.

  3. Squash. They themselves are like a plague…not a bad one though. Everyone around here who has a garden grows them and then can’t find enough people to take them as everyone already has too many. Every once in a while one, usually a zucchini, gets lost in the leaves and ends up as big as a giant watermelon. We have Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, growing wild here. Your Lavatera is lovely.

  4. Lovely plants but a sparrow hawk in your water saucer is quite a special sight!

  5. Cathy says:

    Had to laugh as I had the same problem with courgettes about three weeks ago. They have slowed down thank goodness! I love stuffed courgettes, with tiny pasta shapes or millet and onion, garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms etc. And the secret to a good courgette soup is loads of garlic! I will have to post my recipe! Love your sunflowers. Mine are a bit weedy due to the dry weather.

    • I’ll have a go stuffing courgettes with orzo and garlic I think. Sadly that nice row of sunflowers has been wrecked this week by (I suspect) a badger. He’s dug up lots of plants. I think it is because I water things round the base in the evening. I’ve switched to morning watering as a consequence!

      • Cathy says:

        Oh dear, a badger can make an awful mess… and I worry about the damage mice do. I should count my blessings! 😉

  6. fredgardener says:

    Ooh… this Sparrowhawk photo is a great shot ! You’re lucky to have seen it.
    Yesterday night my mum made a cake chocolate courgette : delicious with custard !

  7. cavershamjj says:

    lovely photos, the sparrowhawk is the winner. i planted just two courgette plants. so far only one is producing, and at a manageable rate (so far). once the other comes on stream we will have too many such a prolific plant, but there is only so much ratatouille one can make!

    • Thank you! I ended up planting too many courgettes, because I got stuck with the extras I’d planned to give to friends. Happily the roadside giveaways seem to disappear fairly quickly.

  8. The sunflowers look brilliant along the fence

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